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German Anti-ISIS News, Europe's Solar Power, Billboard Shaming

German Anti-ISIS News, Europe's Solar Power, Billboard Shaming


After agreeing last week to send 650 soldiers to Mali to support 1,500 French troops deployed to fight Islamist extremists, Germany could be about to launch a military campaign in Syria. The German cabinet voted today to send reconnaissance aircraft, a naval frigate and a 1,200-strong military force to the region as part of plans to back the fight against ISIS, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. German troops will not, however, engage in combat. This follows an appeal by French President François Hollande for an international coalition against ISIS in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. German lawmakers in Berlin are expected to vote on the campaign tomorrow.


Ankara and Moscow should open military communication channels to prevent incidents such as last week's downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets, Reuters quoted Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying today. "We must sit down and talk at the table instead of making unfounded allegations," he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused Turkey of shooting down the Russian jet to protect oil supplies from ISIS militants in Syria. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called these claims "slander." Al Jazeera also quoted Erdogan as saying he would resign if the allegations were proven.


One day after the COP21 climate conference opened in Paris, Europe's largest solar power plant is being inaugurated today near Bordeaux, in France, Les Echos reports. The installation is spread across 642 acres, the equivalent of 350 soccer fields, and will produce enough energy per year to power 50,000 homes. For more about the summit, we offer this Les Echos/Worldcrunch piece, The Earth In Our Hands: Epochal Stakes For Paris Cop21.


Last December's AirAsia plane crash in the Java Sea that killed all 162 people on board was caused mainly by a faulty rudder control system, The Guardian reports. But the crew's response to disengage autopilot amid stormy weather conditions to try to fix the situation also contributed to the crash, Indonesian officials said in their final, year-long investigation into the tragedy. The report found that the soldering on a tiny electronic part in the system that controlled the rudder was cracked, leading it to send four warning signals to the pilots, who then reset the system, turning off the autopilot and causing the plane to roll.


Photo: Luo Xiaoguang/Xinhua via ZUMA

Artist Kong Ning wears a wedding dress made of 999 face masks to call attention to pollution in Beijing. Air pollution in the Chinese capital reached a record high today, soaring to 35 times the safety levels.


A poorly planned terrorist attack simulation at the University of Nairobi yesterday turned to chaos when it led to panic across the campus. One university employee was killed and about 40 people were injured, two of them seriously. According to Radio France Internationale, most people on campus weren't notified about the simulation and started to flee when they heard shots and saw armed men dressed in black suddenly appearing around the university. Last April, Al-Shabaab terrorists killed 148 people at Garissa University in eastern Kenya. In September 2013, the same group killed 67 people when it attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.


Synaesthesia is a gift, a special quality that affects perception — a kind of constant intoxication of the senses in which letters and numbers have certain colors, and sounds might have a sweet or salty taste to them,Die Welt's Julia Naue reports. "Emotions can be another trigger, producing sensory experiences that are not only linked to one but multiple senses. A synaesthete might, for example, associate a person's character with a color. Less is known about this particular form of synaesthesia due to the difficulty of reproducing feelings under laboratory conditions."

Read the full article, A Peek Into The Strange And Colorful World Of Synaesthesia.



With 53.5% of the vote, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, from the Movement of People for Progress party, has been elected Burkina Faso's new president, the country's electoral commission announced today, according to the daily Sidwaya. Kabore, the second civilian to become Burkina Faso's leader since the country gained independence in 1960, will replace a transitional government set up after longtime leader Blaise Compaoré was toppled in October 2014. Read more from Le Blog.


Happy 80th, Woody! The film icon and more in today's 57-second shot of history.


The Lebanese military and the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, conducted a long-awaited, Qatar-brokered prisoner exchange today outside Lebanon's border town of Arsal, where a group of Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped last year, al Jazeera reports. The al-Nusra Front released 16 Lebanese security officers, in exchange for 13 prisoners, five of whom are women.


A Brazilian campaign called "Virtual racism, real consequences" is using billboards to publicize racist messages posted on Facebook and Twitter as a way to denounce and shame racists in the multicultural country. Though the authors of the offensive comments aren't being exposed, the billboards are being placed near the homes of the offenders.

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Why Crimea Is Proving So Hard For Russia To Defend

Ukraine has stepped up attacks on the occupied Crimean peninsula, claiming Monday that a missile Friday killed the head of Russia's Black Sea fleet at the headquarters in Sevastopol. And Russia is doing all within its power to deny how vulnerable it has become.

Photograph of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in smoke after a Ukrainian missile strike.​

September 22, 2023, Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia: Smoke rises over the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters after a Ukrainian missile strike.

Kyrylo Danylchenko

Russian authorities are making a concerted effort to downplay and even deny the recent missile strikes in Russia-occupied Crimea.

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Media coverage in Russia of these events has been intentionally subdued, with top military spokesperson Igor Konashenkov offering no response to an attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, or the alleged downing last week of Russian Su-24 aircraft by Ukrainian Air Defense.

The response from this and other strikes on the Crimean peninsula and surrounding waters of the Black Sea has alternated between complete silence and propagating falsehoods. One notable example of the latter was the claim that the Russian headquarters building of the Black Sea fleet that was hit Friday was empty and that the multiple explosions were mere routine training exercises.

Ukraine claimed on Monday that the attack killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. "After the strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers died, including the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Another 105 occupiers were wounded. The headquarters building cannot be restored," the Ukrainian special forces said via Telegram on Monday.

Responding to reports of multiple missiles strikes this month on Crimea, Russian authorities say that all the missiles were intercepted by a submarine and a structure called "VDK Minsk", which itself was severely damaged following a Ukrainian airstrike on Sept. 13. The Russians likewise dismissed reports of a fire at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, attributing it to a mundane explosion caused by swamp gas.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refrained from commenting on the military situation in Crimea and elsewhere, continuing to repeat that everything is “proceeding as planned.”

Why is Crimea such a touchy topic? And why is it proving to be so hard to defend?

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