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USA attacks Houthi targets in Yemen – DW – February 22, 2024

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USA attacks Houthi targets in Yemen – DW – February 22, 2024

US forces say they have again attacked Houthi rebel positions in Yemen. The targets were seven mobile anti-ship missiles and a mobile rocket launcher, the US military command responsible for the Middle East said in the online service X. A drone was also shot down. The projectiles posed an immediate threat to commercial and US Navy vessels in the region. The Iran-backed Houthi militia has regularly attacked ships in the Red Sea since the beginning of the war between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Many shipping companies therefore avoid the important maritime trade route, through which twelve percent of global maritime trade is normally carried out.

US delegation on a multi-day visit to Taiwan

A US delegation led by Rep. Mike Gallagher has begun a three-day visit to Taiwan. Gallagher is considered a critic of the communist leadership in Beijing and is chairman of a special committee of the US House of Representatives on strategic competition with China.

US Representative Mike Gallagher with outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei Image: TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE/Handout/AFP

The Chinese leadership has rejected visits by foreign politicians to Taiwan for decades because it considers the democratically ruled island to be part of the People’s Republic. The United States committed itself to supporting Taiwan’s defense capability through the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.

Brazil complains that the UN Security Council is unable to act

At the start of the meeting of foreign ministers of the G20 group in Rio de Janeiro, host Brazil complained about an “unacceptable paralysis” of the UN Security Council. Brazil’s Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira said that the multilateral institutions are unable to deal with the current challenges. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also warned that multilateralism was in crisis.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the G20 meeting in Brazil Image: Ricardo Moraes/REUTERS

The United States vetoed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip at the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday. Because of Russia’s veto, the Security Council was unable to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the past. – The G20 group includes 19 industrialized and emerging countries, the European Union (EU) and, since 2023, the African Union (AU).

Bundestag discusses further aid to Ukraine

Before the second anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the German Bundestag is debating further support for the country. A motion from the coalition factions will then be voted on, calling on the federal government to supply “additionally required long-range weapon systems”. However, the Taurus cruise missiles that Ukraine has long been demanding are not mentioned. However, this type of weapon is listed in an application from the Union faction for further aid to Ukraine.

Taurus missiles for Ukraine?

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Bundestag votes on cannabis approval

Also this Friday, the Bundestag will finally vote on a bill that would allow the possession and controlled cultivation of cannabis for private use – albeit with numerous restrictions.

A cannabis plant Image: Georg Wendt/dpa/picture alliance

The possession of 25 grams of dried cannabis for adults in public spaces should remain unpunished in Germany. A total of up to 50 grams of the drug can then be stored at home, provided it comes from home cultivation of up to three plants or from cannabis clubs.

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Investor entry into professional football is off the table

The German Football League (DFL) has bowed to the will of the fans. The DFL ended negotiations on Wednesday about the entry of a strategic partner. The executive board of the umbrella organization of the 36 professional clubs decided unanimously in Frankfurt am Main not to continue discussions with the financial investor CVC.

Fan protest at the game VfL Bochum – 1. FC Union Berlin on December 16th. 2023Image: Matthias Koch/IMAGO

In recent weeks there have been massive protests during games in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga – including with banners, tennis balls and small vehicles – and there have even been threats of games being canceled.

se/mak (dpa, afp, rtr, ap)

This news summary was created at 9:00 a.m. (CET) and will no longer be updated.

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