France holds rallies after murder of teacher: Thousands of demonstrators took part in protests on Sunday to pay tribute to the French teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded outside a school near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in class. Protestors gathered in major French cities including Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. Prime Minister Jean Castex, who attended the Paris rally, said the government was working on a strategy to better protect teachers from similar threats. French President Emmanuel Macron, who visited the scene of the attack on Friday, called the killing an “Islamist terrorist attack” and described France as being in an existential fight against terror. A national tribute for the teacher will be organised for Wednesday. French authorities said they have detained an 11th person following the atrocity, including four family members of the attacker, a young Russian Chechen man.
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Mass protests after police violence in Nigeria: Nigerians have been protesting for years against police brutality, but over the last two weeks, an outpouring of support for Nigerian protesters has played out on Twitter, with various hashtags, but predominantly #EndSARS. Sars stands for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Accusations of Sars officers robbing, attacking and even killing people go back years but a new wave of protest started at the beginning of October. The outcry on social media was sparked by a video that surfaced online on October 3, allegedly showing a SARS officer shooting a young man in Delta state. Meanwhile, the governor of Nigeria’s Osun state, Adegboyega Oyetola, has escaped what officials call an assassination attempt when armed people attacked anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo.
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Federal Intelligence Service law: According to journalist and data protection expert Daniel Moßbrucker, the German Chancellery has drafted a new version of the law allowing Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service to spy on foreign journalists on a massive scale. Moßbrucker criticized the draft law in an article on the internet portal Netzpolitik.org. He warns that the intelligence service will be able to monitor foreign media “for the purpose of politically informing the federal government”. The new version of the law became necessary because the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe had declared parts of the previously existing law to be unconstitutional. The new draft is intended to legitimize the practice of collecting information about foreign journalists if this is of importance for foreign and security policy. Moßbrucker submitted extensive reform proposals, accusing the Chancellery of having presented only a minimal solution with the draft, which exhausts the limits of the constitutional requirements and sometimes even ignores them.
berliner-zeitung.de, netzpolitik.org, netzpolitik.org
Armenia-Azerbaijan truce broken minutes after deal: Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both sides agreed had agreed a truce to start at midnight local time. But an Armenian defense ministry spokeswoman said Azerbaijan broke the ceasefire after just four minutes by firing artillery shells and rockets. Azerbaijan later said Armenia had broken the truce after two minutes.
Turkey’s renewed seismic survey push in eastern Mediterranean: The United States has criticized Turkey’s renewed push to send a vessel to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, accusing Ankara of unilaterally stoking tensions and deliberately complicating the resumption of talks with Greece. Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have risen over claims and counter claims pitting Turkey against Greece and Cyprus to maritime areas thought to be rich in natural gas.
Nato: Planned space center in Ramstein swr.de
Migration: Austria’s interior minister wants to use drones at the border derstandard.at
Northern Cyprus: Turkish nationalist wins election bbc.com
Merkel: Germany continues to be a partner in the fight against Isis n-tv.de
Germany: Interior minister Seehofer announces police study zeit.de
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The neo-Nazi leaders of Golden Dawn have each been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a court in Athens, at the end of a historic hearing.
Debate about German military in Mali: Germany has been debating its role in Mali ever since the coup in August, in which the military arrested President Ibrahim Bouboucar Keïta and declared itself the new ruler. Since 2013, around 1000 German soldiers have been stationed in Mali as part of the EU training mission “European Training Mission Mali” (EUTM Mali). Their aim is to provide stability. The German government has formally condemned the coup, but is currently sending contradicting signals to Mali. The German foreign office said Mali still requires the support of the international community in the fight against terror, corruption and crime.
US-German relations before the presidential election: The outcome of the US presidential election has seldom had a greater impact on German-American relations than this year. After all, the once trusting relationship suffered quite a lot under the presidency of Donald Trump. His focus was less on values and more on financial interests. Because he didn’t like Germany’s financial contribution to Nato, he recently announced the withdrawal of 12,000 American soldiers from German soil. Trump also criticized Nord Stream 2: “Germany pays Russia billions of dollars a year for Energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia. What’s that all about?” It is unclear whether the tense relationship will be better under a potential President Joe Biden.
Socialists win election in Bolivia: Socialists in Bolivia are celebrating a historic victory after a candidate handpicked by their ousted leader, Evo Morales, was on course to win the country’s most important presidential election in a generation. Luis Arce — a former economy minister during the Morales era — is poised to be officially confirmed as the winner after his main rival conceded, even before the official count from Sunday’s election was complete.
“The most beautiful peace work I can imagine is a Bundeswehr soldier who helps counter epidemics.”
Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow on possible domestic deployments of the German Bundeswehr to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Slovenia declares Covid emergency: Slovenia’s government on Monday declared a 30-day state of emergency after Covid cases more than doubled in the past week from the previous week. Poland’s government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a temporary field hospital to manage the pandemic.