Nine charts which tell you all you need to know about North Korea

What can statistics tell us about life in Kim Jong-un’s secretive country? As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling […]

Trump revels in drama over spat with NFL

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making. During a week in which a crucial Senate health care vote, his tax plan, the North Korean nuclear threat and Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane suffering vied for attention, Trump carried his […]

Exclusive: VW moves to secure cobalt supplies in shift to electric cars

Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars. 5 Min Read LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its […]

Another court tells police: Want to use a stingray? Get a warrant

DC Court of Appeals: Even if you know the police can track you doesn’t mean they should. In a 2-1 opinion issued Thursday, the DC Court of Appeals—effectively the equivalent of a state supreme court—agreed with the lower court’s ruling that the use of the device, also known as a stingray, was unconstitutional. In addition, […]

Facebook revamps political-ad rules after discovering Russian ad buys

Shadowy Russian group spent $100,000 on political ads during the 2016 election. Today, Facebook announced that it would also be turning the information over to Congressional investigators. And Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be stepping up its efforts to prevent foreign election interference in the future. “The integrity of our elections is fundamental to democracy […]

Mohammad Al Attar: Im Geist der Freiheit

In Berlin hat der bedeutende syrische Dramatiker Mohammad Al Attar eine künstlerische Heimat auf Zeit gefunden. Hier macht er ein “Theater der Unterdrückten”, das auch in der arabischen Welt Hoffnung wecken soll. Wie Schwemmholz sammelt sich das Material von Theaterproben in einer großen Halle in Berlin-Rummelsburg. Sessel und Stühle sind im Raum verteilt, Scheinwerfer stehen […]

Trump ramps up N Korea sanctions

The US measures will target individuals and firms, including banks, that trade with North Korea. US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North. The president also […]

The Latest: Trump speaks with Puerto Rico governor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with the governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trump said earlier Thursday that Puerto Rico was “absolutely obliterated” and the Virgin Islands were “flattened” by recent hurricanes […]

Waymo wants Uber to pay $2.6 billion in damages—just for starters

It’s the first hint of what Waymo might want as compensation for alleged theft. The figure was revealed by an attorney for Uber during a court hearing today, according to Reuters. The massive damage payout was apparently what Waymo was demanding for just one of the trade secrets it will be taking to trial. At present, […]

The Srebrenicans are standing with the Rohingya

Survivors of genocide are obliged to take action when others are being threatened with the treatment they once received. A year ago, I wrote about Aleppo and Syria. Today, I am writing about another country, another people and yet another crime. I feel obliged to write, because genocide survivors bear a responsibility to react when […]