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Russian cyber-attacks could influence German election, says Merkel

Updated: Nov 09, 2016 00:11 IST

London [UK], Nov. 9 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday Russia could try to influence Berlin's general elections next year through cyber-attacks or disinformation campaigns.

This comes after Washington accused the Kremlin of similar meddling in the US vote, reports the Guardian.

"We are already, even now, having to deal with information out of Russia or with internet attacks that are of Russian origin or with news which sows false information," the German chancellor said at a press conference alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Her comments came in response to a question about whether Germany could experience the type of cyber-attacks that have plagued the White House race, specifically targeting Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Dealing with that was already "a daily task", she told reporters in Berlin. "So it may be that this could also play a role during the election campaign."

Last month, the United States accused the Russian Government of trying to "interfere" in the election by hacking US political institutions, charges the Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed.

Germany's domestic secret service accused Russia earlier this year of a series of international cyber-spying and sabotage attacks, including a case in which the German lower house of parliament was targeted last year.

Germany is scheduled to go to polls in September 2017. Merkel has yet to announce her candidacy but is widely expected to run for a fourth term. (ANI)

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Baloch leader Mazdak Dilshad who was in Gujarat's Vadodara on Sunday, asserted that Baloch people are awaiting the support of the international community in connection to their human rights' violation and mass genocide by the Pakistani Army.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 20 (ANI): The Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), a major separatist political party in Sindh, Pakistan, has given a call of strike across the province against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) today.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 20(ANI): India has sanctioned a soft loan of 340 million US dollar to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes.

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New York [USA], Feb. 20(ANI): The United States deployed the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday as part of maritime "routine operations."

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New York [USA] , Feb. 20(ANI): China says it will halt all coal imports from North Korea from Sunday for the rest of 2017, amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's most recent missile test last week.

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New York [USA], Feb. 20(ANI): Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Feb. 20(ANI): The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried out air strikes in the border area of North Waziristan Agency on terrorist positions, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

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Bomb explodes near Bogota bullring in Colombia

Updated: Feb 20, 2017 06:13 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 20(ANI) : An explosion near the Santamaria bullfighting ring in downtown Bogota, Colombia, injured at least 31 people.

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Berlin[Germany], Feb. 20(ANI): At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 got injured when a bomb went off at a market in western Mogadishu on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 20(ANI):In reference to his "what's happening in Sweden" remark, U.S. President Donald Trump came out to defend his statement on Twitter.

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Kigali [Rwanda], Feb. 20 (ANI): In order to enhance the bilateral ties with Indian diaspora settled in Rwanda, India is all set to open its resident mission in the country's capital.

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London [U.K.], Feb. 20(ANI): The Swedish Embassy in Washington has contacted the White House asking for clarification over U.S. President Donald Trump's comments suggesting a terrorist incident had occurred on Friday night in Sweden.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 20 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump's reference to "what's happening last night in Sweden" during a rally in Florida raised questions in Sweden and over the internet about what he really meant.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Kabul will use all means to respond against Pakistan if it did not stop rocket attacks on Afghanistan soil, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) warned on Sunday.

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Moscow [Russia], Feb. 19 (ANI): A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was hospitalised this month after suspected poisoning, on Sunday left the country to seek further treatment, according to his lawyer.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that the Taliban office in Qatar should be closed if the group pursues violence.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 19 (ANI): Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced that Iraq has launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from the Islamic State militants.

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China, Britain hold second security dialogue

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 21:11 IST

London [U.K.], Feb. 19 (ANI): China and Britain held their second high-level security dialogue in London where both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in security and law enforcement.

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New York [USA], Feb. 19 (ANI): Even as many criticised him for holding the urgent discussion over North Korea's missile test with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the patio at Mar-a-Lago as other diners looked on freely, U. S. President Donald Trump continues to hold business at his Florida resort.

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