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The German Foreign Ministry warned Turkish bodyguards involved in violent scuffles in Washington last month not to attend the G20 summit in July, German media reported on Sunday.

The Turkish Embassy sent the Foreign Ministry a list of 50 people who were to accompany Erdogan to Hamburg, local daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Sunday. The list reportedly included several agents who were involved in an incident in Washington last month.

In May, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards allegedly pushed past US police to attack supporters of a Kurdish group following a meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington.

Videos posted to social media showed a group of men in suits punching and kicking protesters, including a woman lying down, while police struggled to stop the violence.

More than 10,000 left-wing extremists are expected to descend on Hamburg for the G20 Summit being held on July 7 and July 8. Hamburg is already a hotbed of left-wing activism and cars have been regularly torched in the lead up to the summit. dw.com
An explosive device injured former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos in Athens on Thursday, NBC News has confirmed.

Police said that Papademos, his unidentified driver and another passenger were taken to a local hospital after a bomb exploded inside the former prime minister's car at 6:30 p.m. 

They did not suffer life-threatening injuries and are expected to stay in the hospital through the night.

The three were inside a Bank of Greece-owned Mercedes driving through central Athens when the bomb went off.

According to Hellenic Police, the explosion came from a letter in the former Greek leader's possession, an explosive device was tucked inside the envelope. nbcnews.com
The United States has admitted that at least 105 Iraqi civilians were killed in an air strike it carried out in Mosul in March.

US Central Command (CentCom) said it had targeted two snipers from so-called Islamic State (IS) with what it called a "precision-guided munition".

However, the strike detonated explosives that militants had placed in the building, CentCom said.

Civilians sheltering in the lower floors were killed when it collapsed.

In another incident, 35 civilians were killed on Thursday in US-led coalition air strikes in an eastern Syrian town, monitors said.

The strikes targeted the IS-held town of Mayadeen in the province of Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, families of IS fighters, including children, were among those killed, it added. bbc.com
President Donald Trump told leaders of the NATO alliance on Thursday that the Manchester bombing that killed 22 earlier this week demonstrates the depths of the evils of terrorism.

After leading a moment of silence at the NATO headquarters in Brussels for victims of Monday night's bombing, Trump said that attacks will continue unless steps are taken to counter terrorism strikes.

He said that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the Manchester attacks 'savage' and 'barbaric'. 

Meanwhile he called the alleged US intelligence leaks 'deeply troubling' and called for US officials to launch a full investigation hours before British authorities announced they were once again sharing information with the US. 

'Terrorism must be stopped or ... the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever,' Trump said, referring to Monday's suicide bomb in the northern English city that killed 22 people, including children. 

His comments came after he unveiled a memorial to the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington at the NATO headquarters. dailymail.co.uk
France’s newly-appointed interior minister has said that personal cannabis possession may no longer be prosecuted from as soon as September, although this change may be accompanied by unprecedented strict rules on people with convictions for selling drugs.

Gérard Collomb, the Minister of the Interior, said that new rules are set to be implemented under which someone found in possession of cannabis will be given a ticket and required to pay a fine, instead of being prosecuted or imprisoned.

The plans, which he revealed during an interview with French news channel BFMTV on 24 May, could be in place "within three to four months", he said.

Emmanuel Macron, who was inaugurated as president on 14 May, has previously indicated that a fine for cannabis possession would be up to €100 (£86/$111).

Prior to his successful election, Macron said that the “regime of contraventions would be sufficient to sanction [cannabis use]”, described cannabis prohibition as “[posing] a security problem”, and described the legal regulation of the drug as potentially "efficient". talkingdrugs.org
President Donald Trump is ready to fight Germany in an auto battle according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.

Trump got a chilly reception at the NATO summit in Belgium after attacking fellow members, but he was caught pledging a battle with German automakers as part of his anger with “back dues” he feels the country owes to NATO.

As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted Thursday, “Trump seems to think it’s like a country club.”

In a discussion about the country’s trade surplus, Trump said. “The Germans are evil, very evil.”

“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we’ll stop that,” sources told Der Spiegel.

According to the report, EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker took up for Germany explaining that “free trade is good for all.” rawstory.com
The first day of Ramadan will be on Saturday, May 27.

Saudi Arabia announced that the first day of Ramadan in the country will be on Saturday, May 27. 

The UAE Moon Sighting Committee announced on Thursday that the moon crescent, which marks the beginning of Ramadan, was not sighted in the UAE on Thursday night.

The committee will again convene on Friday, May 26, to sight the crescent moon of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

The 30-day lunar period is a time of penance and for delving into one’s religious and spiritual sides. gulfnews.com
As Brexit cuts our influence around the world, the UK will find it harder to speak truth to power. Instead, in our desperation to make up for lost business in Europe, we will suck up to unsavoury leaders in every other continent.

The first sign of this fawning behaviour occurred towards China soon after May entered Downing Street as prime minister.

Her initial instinct was to cancel Beijing’s investment in our nuclear power industry.

But, after the Chinese leadership made clear that it was not amused, our supposedly strong and stable leader made an abrupt u-turn.

May then rushed to Washington to hold hands with Donald Trump, a man with abhorrent views on women, torture, and much else besides.

But when other world leaders take him to task tomorrow for undermining the fight against climate change at the G7 summit tomorrow, our brave leader is likely to keep her mouth zipped. infacts.org
Libyan coastguard officers opened fire on two boats loaded with refugees while rescue attempts were under way in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, according to nongovernmental organisations involved in the operations.

The Libyan coastguard has rejected the accusations and demanded evidence.

But those at the scene told Al Jazeera that at around noon, as rescue workers from four groups - French NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Italian NGO Save the Children and German NGO Jugend Rettet - were trying to save refugees, a speedboat equipped with four machine guns  and bearing the emblem of the Libyan coastguard arrived at the scene.

The speedboat approached the rescue operation at high speed, creating large waves that made it difficult for the refugees to board rubber dinghies, the witnesses said.

Shortly after, a series of gunshots could be heard coming from near the dinghies, Laura Garel, a communications officer on the SOS Mediterranee's rescue vessel Aquarius, told Al Jazeera. aljazeera.com
North Korea appears determined to make headway in its nuclear and missile programs, despite South Korea's diplomatic overture aimed at restoring peace on the divided peninsula, U.S. experts say.

Since taking office this month, President Moon Jae-in, of the Democratic Party of Korea, is taking a more moderate approach to the North compared with those of two previous presidents, expressing his willingness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right conditions and making conciliatory gestures.

A spokesman for South Korea's Unification Ministry said Monday that it would consider allowing nongovernmental exchanges with the North, but only within the scope of international sanctions against Pyongyang.

In 2010, Seoul imposed the "May 24 Measure," which banned nearly all exchanges between the two Koreas, in retaliation for an attack by the current leader's father, Kim Jong Il, on a South Korean navy ship. voanews.com