Welcome to Friday, where tensions between far-right Jewish activists and Palestinians escalate in Jerusalem, Russia withdraws troops from Ukraine border and four ponies jump over Brexit obstacle. German conservative daily Die Welt also tells us why the country's political parties should keep a close eye on the Greens' candidate in the upcoming chancellor election.
• Hundreds injured in East Jerusalem clashes: Clashes in East Jerusalem between far-right Jewish activists, Palestinians and Israeli police have left over 100 people injured. Tensions have escalated between Palestinians and Jewish extremists since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on April 13.
• Indian hospital fire kills 13: At least 13 persons have died after a fire ravaged the intensive care unit of an hospital treating COVID patients near Mumbai. This incident comes as India is facing its highest number of cases and oxygen shortages.
• Russia to withdraw from Ukraine border: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Thursday that Russia will pull back its troops near Ukraine and annexed Crimea. Western countries had criticized what they viewed as a show of force.
• UK calls out China in Uyghur genocide: The House of Commons has stated for the first time that a genocide against Uyghurs is taking place in the north-west China's Xinjiang region. MPs are asking the British government to take action, while Beijing condemned the declaration.
• SpaceX rocket launch: NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide have successfully lifted-off on a SpaceX rocket heading to the International Space Station. The launch, originally planned for last Thursday, was delayed because of poor weather conditions.
• State funeral for Chad's slain president:Thousands of people have gathered to pay tribute to Chad's late President Idriss Deby, who died in clashes with rebels on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron and several African leaders are expected to attend the funeral, in the capital N'Djamena.
• Ponies overcome Brexit hurdle: Four ponies, bought as a birthday gift and detained for a month at Belfast Port over incorrect post-Brexit paperwork, are now to be released, but may face a 30-day quarantine upon arrival in Britain.
Weekly news magazine India Today reports on the country's "vaccination emergency," as India struggles with a new coronavirus surge of cases as well as oxygen shortages in hospitals. So far, only 8% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
Annalena Baerbock: Germany's Greens are grown up — and dangerous
As the race to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor accelerates, the country's Green party looks to be in a very strong position. But their environmental ideals mask an illiberal intolerance for their opponents, writes Ulf Poschardt in German daily Die Welt.
The Greens are on a roll: in Annalena Baerbock they have nominated a strong candidate for the German chancellorship. They have chosen a confident, unflappable candidate who will also appeal to the middle ground, to those who don't traditionally vote Green. A former elite trampoline gymnast, Baerbock has two daughters and is married to a PR manager. Her polished appearance and friendly, approachable manner will help make the Greens' anti-growth policies and their calls for redistribution of wealth and bans a little more palatable to the wider public.
The other parties should take note. The Social Democratic Party has already sealed its fate, ensuring it will only play the role of junior partner in a possible coalition, and will not pose a real threat to the Greens' campaign. The Free Democratic Party is in a stronger position, while the Left Party only trusts its unimpeachable figurehead Sahra Wagenknecht. As for the union between the Christian Democrats and Christian Socialists, where sparks are still flying over whether to choose Armin Laschet or Markus Söder as their candidate, they already have the Greens in their sights.
The Greens' friendly face hides deep divisions that are tolerated and even encouraged. At the Berlin rent cap protests, Greens marched alongside people waving banners with hammers and sickles, violent protestors and members of anti-constitutional groups. Now more than ever, those who formerly identified as alternative are distancing themselves from the far left. They are waging culture wars with a vengeance, playing into the bias of the public-service media perfectly.
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