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Rising exports, Turkish tanks fuel German arms sales debate

Rising exports, Turkish tanks fuel German arms sales debateBERLIN (AP) — The German government fired back Wednesday at critics of its arms export policies, insisting that it takes great care not to approve the sale of weapons to countries that abuse human rights.



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Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in Germany

Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in GermanyBERLIN (AP) — The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday.



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Saudi Arabia says it will allow food and fuel shipments into Yemen after UK criticism

Saudi Arabia says it will allow food and fuel shipments into Yemen after UK criticismSaudi Arabia yesterday declared it will keep open a vital port in war-ravaged Yemen to ease the humanitarian crisis, following pressure from Britain. The kingdom said the Houthi rebel-controlled port of Hodeidah would remain open to humanitarian and commercial ships for a month, despite Monday’s ballistic missile attack by rebels on Riyadh. "The Coalition will allow the entry of commercial ships, including fuel and food vessels, for a period of 30 days," the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement. It said the move followed the "intensification" of a UN vessel security inspection program that it previously said was inadequate.  A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen Credit:  MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP Saudi Arabia leads a 10 nation coalition that is supporting Yemeni troops loyal to the internationally-recognized government in their fight against the Iranian-backed Houthis. It closed Houthi controlled ports and airports in Yemen last month, in a move that drastically exacerbated food and fuel shortages in a country already reeling from nearly three years of war that has killed more than 10,000 people, caused a cholera epidemic and pushed millions to the brink of famine.  Although some aid ships have been allowed to dock in recent weeks, the ports have remained effectively closed to commercial shipping, which aid agencies say is vital to averting famine.  Secretary of State For International Developement Penny Mordaunt  warned Saudi Arabia could be in breach of humanitarian law Credit: David Rose/The Telegraph “I am very pleased at today’s announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition that Hodeidah port in Yemen is open again,” Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, said yesterday. “I have been urging this step for some time, and I hope this will start to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and get them the supplies they desperately need.” The first fuel vessel since restrictions were put in place was cleared to enter Hodeidah yesterday and is expected to dock in 24 hours, a UK official with knowledge of the matter told the Telegraph. Three food ships are also believed to have been cleared.  The coalition claimed its November 6 blockade was an attempt to stop the flow of weapons to the Houthis, which it said the UN-run vessel inspection system had failed to prevent.   Yemeni women walk through the debris of a housing block allegedly destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana a Credit: YAHYA ARHAB/EPA However, it was roundly rebuked for the impact on the already-desperate civilian population, which is facing what has been described as one of the worst humanitarian crises in history.  In rare criticism of one of its allies, a British Cabinet minister warned Riyadh this week that its relationship with the UK could be damaged if it did not immediately act to ease restrictions which were worsening an already major crisis.  Penny Mordaunt, the secretary of state for international development, told the Telegraph that Saudi Arabia's withholding of aid could amount to “use of starvation as a weapon,” a crime under international humanitarian law. While the UN and international humanitarian agencies raised the alarm over the blockade last month, Britain and other key Saudi allies initially remained mostly silent. Amnesty International warned last month that Britain, France, and the United States could be "complicit" in war crimes by supplying arms to Riyadh and failing to oppose the blockade.  Britain has licensed £4.6 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the war in Yemen began in March 2015. 



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Toyota continues with the fuel cell hard sell

Toyota continues with the fuel cell hard sellThe Fine Comfort Ride Concept, which will be making its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is yet another attempt by Toyota to convince the masses that hydrogen is the fuel of the future. The concept, which is being pitched as the premium sedan of the future, uses a combination of clever packaging (the motors are integrated into its wheels) and clever shapes (technically speaking the car is a rhombus rather than rectangular-shaped) in order to offer ample space for six adults without extending the wheelbase beyond 3.5m. Although every major mainstream car company has invested in and is studying the capabilities of fuel cells, Toyota has been selling hydrogen-powered cars for several years and demonstrating how this form of electrification not only most closely mirrors the traditional gasoline-powered car-owner experience (long driving range, fast re-fueling times), but could also be an innovative way of power delivery.



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Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctionsBy Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. Reuters has no evidence of wrongdoing by the vessels, whose movements were recorded in Reuters ship-tracking data. Changing a ship's destination once underway is not forbidden and it is unclear whether any of the ships unloaded fuel in North Korea. But U.S. …



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Burst fuel pipe to disrupt New Zealand flights through week

Burst fuel pipe to disrupt New Zealand flights through weekWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A rupture in the main pipeline carrying jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people and is expected to cause further flight cancellations and delays into next week.



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U.S. fuel shortages from Harvey to hamper Labor Day travel

U.S. fuel shortages from Harvey to hamper Labor Day travelBy Devika Krishna Kumar and Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) – Travelers and fuel suppliers across the United States braced for higher prices and shortages ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend as the country’s biggest fuel pipelines and refineries curb operations after Hurricane Harvey. Just six days after Harvey slammed into the heart of the U.S. energy industry in Texas, the effects are being felt not just in Houston, but also in Chicago and New York, and prices at the pump nationwide have hit a high for the year.



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2018 Ford F-150 boasts best-in-class towing rating, improved fuel economy

2018 Ford F-150 boasts best-in-class towing rating, improved fuel economyThe Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle line in the United States for decades, and Ford isn’t ready to give that crown up anytime soon. Instead, it has doubled down on technology to boast best-in-class towing and payload ratings, and fuel-economy figures for the 2018 Ford F-150. The towing accolade arrives with the 2018 F-150 powered by the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 engine, now paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.



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Embassy, mosque attacks fuel fears ISIS bringing Iraq war to Afghanistan

Embassy, mosque attacks fuel fears ISIS bringing Iraq war to AfghanistanBy Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) – Attacks on the Iraqi embassy and a Shi’ite mosque in Afghanistan have reinforced fears that Islamic State militants are seeking to bring the group’s Middle East conflict to Central Asia, though evidence of fighters relocating from Iraq and Syria remains elusive. Islamic State said it carried out Monday’s attack against the embassy in Kabul, which began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the compound’s main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. The group also claimed responsibility for an attack Tuesday that killed at least 29 and wounded more than 63 at a Shi’ite mosque in Herat, an area in western Afghanistan that had previously escaped Islamic State’s sectarian attacks.



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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactorLava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant’s operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima’s No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. “There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel,” a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.



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