Posts published in Day: February 6, 2019

Trump says to meet North Korea’s Kim in Vietnam in late February

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, while giving himself credit for averting a major war on the Korean peninsula. Trump said in his annual State of the Union address to Congress much work remained to be done in the push for peace with North Korea, but cited the halt in its…

The five key takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union address

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday before a divided Congress and the American electorate, urging unity despite giving a speech that often reflected the country’s bitterly polarized political climate. The president attempted to cast his agenda as bipartisan amid rising tensions over immigration following the longest government shutdown in US history last month. Trump’s remarks came as the White House and Democrats in Congress remain gridlocked…

Two Germans cause alarm after shooting blanks near Army base

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Two German men were taken into custody Sunday after police swarmed near U.S. Army Europe’s Clay Kaserne headquarters in Wiesbaden in response to sounds of gunfire in the vicinity of the base. German police said the suspects fired blanks in the direction of Clay Kaserne’s airfield while driving in a white van. The men, ages 20 and 26, later told police they were unaware that they were firing near a…

Report suggests Germany may miss defense spending target

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Germany’s tightening public finances are raising questions over whether the country will miss its military spending target at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure on its European allies to increase defense budgets. A Finance Ministry document circulated to other ministries for discussion suggests defense spending won’t increase sufficiently to meet targets amid a projected budget shortfall of 24.7 billion euros ($28.3 billion) through 2023, the dpa news agency…

Apartment fire in high-end Paris area kills 10, injures many (Updated)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Paris’ deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives, sending fleeing residents to the roof to escape the flames that engulfed their apartment building before dawn Tuesday. A 40-year-old female resident, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was detained near the eight-story building in the quiet neighborhood as police opened an investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death. A judicial official said the suspect was drunk when…

Germany misses key NATO defense spending deadline

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Germany has missed a deadline for reporting to NATO how it will increase defense expenditures, failing to deliver on a key priority for the Trump administration. Under pressure from the White House, NATO states that don’t meet spending guidelines are now required to formulate national plans for boosting their defense budgets. The objective is to ensure all alliance members hit the NATO benchmark of dedicating 2 percent of GDP to…