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AfD chief: Nazi era a ‘speck of bird poop’ in German history

BERLIN (AP) — The co-leader of the far-right nationalist Alternative for Germany party has dismissed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history,” triggering an uproar on social media. The dpa news agency says Alexander Gauland told the party’s youth movement Saturday that Germans must take responsibility for 12 years of rule by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party, but claimed it’s only a small part of Germany’s history. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the secretary general of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party, responded on Twitter that “50 million victims of war, …read more

Mattis accuses China of ‘intimidation and coercion’ in S. China Sea

Singapore: China’s military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waterway is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbours, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore less than two weeks before President Donald Trump is due to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Pentagon chief also said the US military continues to support diplomats pushing for the “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Mattis said Beijing had deployed a range of military hardware including anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles and… …read more