German investigation accuses Pope Benedict XVI of ‘wrongdoing’ in handling of abuse cases while archbishop of Munich
Then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his tenure in Munich from 1977 to 1982, in one case knowingly accepted a priest into his archdiocese after the cleric had been convicted of sexual abuse.washingtonpost.com
Eye Opener: Thousands of flights canceled over Christmas weekend as COVID creates staffing shortages
As COVID-19 creates staffing shortages across the country, thousands of flights were canceled over the Christmas holiday weekend. Also, U.S. coronavirus numbers are the highest they’ve been in nearly a year. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.news.yahoo.com
White House considering response after first Omicron variant case found in U.S.
The White House is preparing to impose more restrictions on travelers coming to the U.S. as the Omicron variant has been identified in California. Plus, conservatives are considering shutting down the government over the Biden administration's vaccine mandate. CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave and Politico national political correspondent Meridith McGraw join CBSN "Red and Blue" anchor Tanya Rivero with the latest.news.yahoo.com
Explosion of WWII bomb in Munich injures 4, disrupts trains
A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. The construction site for a new commuter train line is located on the approach to Munich's central station, which is a bit over a kilometer (about a half-mile) to the east. Unexploded bombs are still found frequently in Germany, even 76 years after the end of the war, and often during work on construction sites.news.yahoo.com
Man stabs 10-year-old child in Munich department store
A 57-year-old man stabbed a 10-year-old boy with a kitchen knife in a department store in Munich on Saturday evening, German police told the news agency dpa. Approximately 50 officers responded to the scene at a TK Maxx department store in Munich, the broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported. According to Bayerischer Rundfunk, there is no known connection between the man and the child.news.yahoo.com
How to Watch France vs. Germany (6/15/21) -- UEFA Euros Group Stage | Channel, Stream, Time
On Tuesday, two squads with aspirations of making a deep run in the UEFA European Championships, as “Group of Death” members France and Germany meet in Munich. The reason behind the “Group of Death” moniker for Group F is pretty straight-forward, it is the deepest group at the Euros this year, with France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary duking it out to see who goes beyond the group stage. Watch the UEFA Euros on FuboTV (7-day free trial)The French enter this year’s tournament looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Group F foe Portugal, on home soil, in the 2016 tournament. It was the furthest France has made it in the Euros since their last championship in 2000. What: UEFA Euro 2020 Group StageWho: Germany vs. FranceWhen: Tuesday, June 15Time: 3:00 p.m.mlive.com
Lockdown 'had no effect' on coronavirus pandemic in Germany
A new study by German scientists claims to have found evidence that lockdowns may have had little effect on controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Statisticians at Munich University found “no direct connection” between the German lockdown and falling infection rates in the country. Instead, the study found infection rates had already clearly begun to fall before a national lockdown was imposed last November. It also found clear evidence the rate was already falling on the two occasions the lockdonews.yahoo.com
Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears
Bavarian officials have canceled Oktoberfest festivities for a second year in a row due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, saying that there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations, which traditionally bring in visitors from around the world, during a global pandemic.
EU says 'no evidence' to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March 22, 2021, vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a fridge at the local vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. Earlier this month, more than a dozen countries, including Germany, suspended their use of AstraZeneca over the blood clot issue. On Tuesday, an independent vaccine expert panel in Germany said AstraZeneca shots should not routinely be given to people under 60 because of a rise in reported cases of unusual blood clots in the days after vaccination. “According to the current scientific knowledge, there is no evidence that would support restricting the use of this vaccine in any population," Cooke told reporters. Those figures included a “significant” number of the cases reported from Germany, but not all, she said.
Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use in under-60s over clots
It comes less than two weeks after the EU drug regulator said the vaccine does not increase the overall incidence of blood clots following a similar scare. AdUse of the AstraZeneca vaccine was temporarily halted in several European countries earlier this month over concerns about the rare blood clots. On Monday, Canada suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under 55, citing new concerning data from Europe. Appointments for the AstraZeneca shot were available sooner than for those made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna due to higher demand for those vaccines. The study, which hasn't been peer-reviewed yet, doesn't provide a conclusive explanation for why some people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot develop the rare blood clots.
European women's soccer vision sees place for indie clubs
Clubs such as Fortuna Hjørring and Glasgow City — which do not have men’s teams — are currently a fixture in the later knockout rounds of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Creating new clubs is one of six key goals in a strategy for women’s soccer published by the European Club Association, which represents around 250 men’s clubs. One attraction for the biggest clubs is changes to the UEFA Women’s Champions League, which was won for the past five seasons by Lyon. Another key aim in the ECA is “development of the competition landscape,” with a second European club competition targeted. The ECA strategy also seeks to run more medical research and data analysis projects that are currently lacking in women’s soccer.
AstraZeneca accused of cherry-picking vaccine study data
FILE - In this Monday, March 22, 2021 file photo medical staff prepares an AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine during preparations at the vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. Results from a U.S. trial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine may have used "outdated information," U.S. federal health officials said early Tuesday March 23, 2021. In an extraordinary rebuke, just hours after AstraZeneca on Monday announced its vaccine worked well in the U.S. study, an independent panel that oversees the study scolded the company for cherry-picking data, according to a senior administration official. AdEvery vaccine trial is overseen by a “data and safety monitoring board,” or DSMB. In the AstraZeneca study, just like studies of the other vaccines in use, some participants get the real vaccine and the rest get dummy shots, and neither they nor their doctors know which is which.
How to watch Bayern Munich vs. Lazio and other UEFA Champions League matchups | TV Channel, Live Stream, Time
Another day of UEFA Champions League is on the books. Bayern Munich looks to defend its championship and soccer fans can stream all of the action on FuboTV (free 7-day trial). Bayern already won the first leg of the Round of 16 beating Lazio 4-1. What: UEFA Champions League -- Round of 16 | Leg 2Who: Chelsea vs. Atletico MadridWhen: Wednesday, Mar. 17Time: 4 p.m ETWhere: Stamford Bridge -- London, EnglandTV: TUDNStream: FuboTV (free 7-day trial)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What: UEFA Champions League -- Round of 16 | Leg 2Who: Bayern Munich vs. LazioWhen: Wednesday, March 17Time: 4 p.m.mlive.com
Germany declares a Covid 'third wave' has begun; Italy set for Easter lockdown
(Photo by Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Alexander Pohl NurPhoto via Getty ImagesLONDON — The head of Germany's public health agency on Friday warned that a third wave of coronavirus infections has already begun. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had previously warned the country could be caught in a third wave of infections if restrictive public health measures were lifted too quickly. Italy, meanwhile, is reportedly set to impose another near national lockdown over the Easter weekend in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The move, which is expected to be signed into law on Friday, comes just over a year after it became the first country in the world to impose nationwide lockdown measures. Wieler said he was "very worried" about the public health crisis.cnbc.com
Apple picks German city of Munich for major chip lab
Apple has announced that it plans to create a major new chip lab in Munich as part of a 1 billion euro ($1.19 billion) plus investment into Germany over the next three years. Apple said it will make Munich its "European Silicon Design Center" and hire hundreds of new employees in the Bavarian capital. The announcement comes as the world is struggling through a chip shortage that has inflicted pain on the automotive sector and other industries. The global chip shortage has worried governments around the world. Engineers at Apple's new facility will focus on 5G and future wireless technologies, Apple said, adding that they'll also develop modems for Apple products.cnbc.com
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn goes down for some users
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella speaking at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Munich, Germany, 16 Janaury 2017. The Microsoft-owned LinkedIn business social network ran into technical issues during U.S. business hours on Tuesday, leading people to post about their troubles accessing the LinkedIn website and app. LinkedIn doesn't play that role, but it does provide serve a key role for recruiters, jobseekers and salespeople, and marketers rely on it to display advertisements to users. The number of hours spent on the LinkedIn Learning service doubled year over year in the fourth quarter, Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, told analysts on a conference call last month. A different message some users saw in attempts to visit LinkedIn's website said that "the server does not have a DNS entry."cnbc.com
Tiny chameleon a contender for title of smallest reptile
Picture taken in 2012 in Munich, Germany shows a newly discovered species of chameleon which is a contender for the title of world's smallest reptile. Scientists from Madagascar and Germany called it Brookesia nana, said the male appeared is just 13.5 millimeters big. Scientists from Madagascar and Germany say a newly discovered species of chameleon is a contender for the title of world's smallest reptile. They found that the genitals of the Brookesia nana specimen were almost one=fifth of its body size, possibly to allow it to mate with the larger female. "If we had a pair mating it would obviously be better proof.”Confirming Brookesia nana as the smallest reptile species will require finding more of them, which might take several years, he said.
Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'
The move comes alongside Apple's planned privacy update to iOS 14, which will inform users about this kind of tracking and ask them if they want to allow it. The two companies have been at odds for a decade, and have recently engaged in a heated war of words around these privacy changes. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Apple one of its biggest competitors and said the privacy changes will hurt the growth of "millions of businesses around the world." If users opt out, it will make these ads a lot less effective. These prompts will appear on Apple users' screens immediately before the Apple pop-up appears.cnbc.com
German beer sales suffer as virus restrictions bite
Official data show that beer sales in Germany were down 5.5 percent last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)BERLIN – Beer sales in Germany were down 5.5% last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Monday. That figure doesn't include alcohol-free beer or beer imported from outside the European Union. German beer sales have been declining for years as a result of health concerns and other factors. Exports to other countries in the EU dropped 13.1% to 778.2 million liters (206 million gallons) while those to nations elsewhere were up 3.7% to 725.3 million liters (192 million gallons).
A ‘perfect storm’ is brewing in the global response to Covid, WEF risk report panelist warns
People wearing protective face masks walk on the main shopping street in Munich, Germany during the coronavirus crisis on April 30 2020. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty ImagesLONDON — The "inward-looking national agenda" of certain countries in response to the coronavirus pandemic is threatening global resilience in the wake of the crisis, suggested one panelist behind the World Economic Forum's 2021 global risks report. Her comments come as some wealthier countries are being criticized by campaigners for "hoarding" more doses of coronavirus vaccines than they need, while lower-income countries struggle to get enough shots to immunize their populations. She added that there was the risk of "business zombification," if stimulus packages were not "properly structured." This has been a concern amid the pandemic with increased support for businesses from governments and central banks.cnbc.com
US will require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. government said it will require airline passengers entering the country to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flights. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)NEW YORK – Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. The CDC order applies to U.S. citizens as well as foreign travelers. The new restrictions require air passengers to get a COVID-19 test within three days of their flight to the U.S., and to provide written proof of the test result to the airline. Airlines are ordered to stop passengers from boarding if they don’t have proof of a negative test.
Germany enters harder lockdown as virus deaths hit new high
Germany has entered a harder lockdown, closing shops and schools in an effort to bring down stubbornly high new cases of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BERLIN – Germany reported a record level of coronavirus deaths as it entered a harder lockdown Wednesday, closing shops and schools to try to bring down stubbornly high new daily infections. Faced with exponentially increasing cases in October, Germany implemented a “lockdown light” at the start of November, which closed bars and restaurants but left shops open. In Saxony, where the virus is spreading most rapidly in Germany at the moment, hospitals are filling up. While daily new cases peaked in March at about 6,000, they are now more than four times that level, with 27,728 new cases reported Wednesday by the Robert Koch Institute.
Privacy activists in EU file complaints over iPhone tracking
FILE-In this Sept. 25, 2015 file photo people wait in front of the Apple store in Munich, Germany. IDFA (Apples Identifier for Advertisers) allows Apple and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behaviour. Apple places these tracking codes without the knowledge or agreement of the users. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BERLIN – European privacy activists have filed complaints against Apple over its use of software to track the behavior of iPhone users. “Tracking is only allowed if users explicitly consent to it,” said Stefano Rossetti, a lawyer for NOYB.
Signs of hope in Germany, France but virus strains hospitals
Lufthansa starts the first test runs for comprehensive Covid-19 antigen rapid tests on selected routes between Munich and Hamburg. But authorities said Thursday that hospitals are crowded and are likely to face further strain in the coming weeks. But the number of people infected per 100,000 has been dropping for 10 days, and the number of virus patients is hospitals is expected to peak early next week, French officials reported. As of Wednesday, there were at least 3,127 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Germany. Passengers weren't charged for the test but were told to arrive an hour earlier to allow time for the results.
Here's what Facebook will show if a candidate declares premature victory
Facebook is gearing up for what could be a wild election night, and this includes providing users with accurate information should any candidate attempt to prematurely declare victory using the social network. The company in September announced that one step it would to protect the integrity of the U.S. elections would be to add a label to any post from a candidate or campaign that tries to declare victory before the final results are in. These labels will direct users to official results provided by Reuters and the National Election Pool. Here's what those labels will look like:cnbc.com
Germany starts 'wave-breaker' shutdown as Europe locks down
Restrictions have been slowly ramping up for weeks in many European countries, but virus cases have continued to rise. Health Minister Jens Spahn, who himself caught the virus, says he doesn't know where he was infected. This time, schools, nonessential shops and hairdressers are staying open. They can go out to exercise or to work, among other things, and nonessential shops will remain open. ___This story has been corrected to show that Austria plans to keep nonessential shops open.
Facebook acknowledges and fixes technical error affecting political ads days before the election
Facebook on Thursday issued an update to political advertisers acknowledging that a technical error in its systems caused a number of ads from both political parties to be improperly paused. The error stems from a policy change Facebook announced in early September to block any new political ads in the week prior to the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. A technical flaw improperly paused "a number of ads" in relation to this policy decision, Facebook said. Additionally, some "advertisers did not understand the instructions" Facebook provided, which also caused their ads to be paused, the company said. Earlier today, the Biden campaign's digital director Rob Flaherty complained on Twitter that just five days before the election, Facebook still hadn't fixed the problems related to the campaign's ads.cnbc.com
Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 update with Edge browser enhancements
Microsoft said Tuesday it's starting to release the next version of its Windows 10 operating system for PCs and tablets. The Windows 10 October 2020 Update, aka version 20H2, irons out technical and security issues and provides a handful of software enhancements. Compared with the Microsoft-made Edge that debuted with Windows 10 in 2015, Chromium-based Edge supports more websites and browser extensions. Microsoft had made early versions of Chromium-based Edge available for people to download in 2019, but the company had not previously packaged it up with a Windows update until now. You can check if the update is available for your PC by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and clicking the "check for updates" button.cnbc.com
Former Audi chief on trial in VW diesel emissions scandal
Rupert Stadler, former CEO of German car manufacturer Audi, arrives at a district court in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Stadler stands trial in Germany over the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, five years after parent company VW admitted responsibility. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)FRANKFURT – The former head of Volkswagen's Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to the company's cheating on diesel car emissions tests. Former development executive Wolfgang Hatz and two other engineers are charged with developing 3.0 liter diesel engines for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche that used the illegal software. The case involves 250,700 Audi vehicles, 71,600 Volkswagen vehicles, and 112,100 Porsche vehicles mostly sold on the U.S. and European markets.
Germany pays tribute to victims of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
BERLIN – Senior officials and survivors paid tribute Saturday to the victims of a deadly neo-Nazi attack on Munich’s Oktoberfest 40 years ago, as Germany’s president warned that far-right extremism remains a persistent problem in the country. The bombing on the evening of Sept. 26, 1980, claimed 13 lives, including that of three children and the attacker, student Gundolf Koehler, a supporter of a banned far-right group. “Right-wing extremism has deep roots in our society,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at a memorial event in the Bavarian capital. Steinmeier said the perpetrators weren't “disturbed people,” but rather part of “networks that we need to investigate.”An initial investigation of the Oktoberfest attack concluded that Koehler acted alone, out of personal frustration. Bavaria's governor, Markus Soeder, apologized to survivors and the victims' families for mistakes made during the initial investigation.
Computer pioneer Arnold Spielberg, Steven's dad, dies at 103
FILE - Steven Spielberg, nominated for best director for his work on "Munich," left, arrives with his father Arnold for the 25th annual nominees luncheon hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 13, 2006. Arnold Spielberg, a pioneering computer engineer, has died. A family statement says he died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles at 103. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Bayern cruises past Chelsea into Champions League quarters
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH Robert Lewandowski scored two goals and assisted two more as Bayern Munich cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday, completing an overwhelming 7-1 victory on aggregate. The coronavirus-enforced suspension of the season didn't interrupt Bayern's charge to the Bundesliga title and it hasn't interrupted its Champions League bid either. Abraham did get a goal for Chelsea just before halftime when Bayern 'keeper Manuel Neuer gifted him the ball when clearing a cross. Corentin Tolisso added another for Bayern in the 76th before Lewandowski headed in the fourth eight minutes later.
2 more ex-Wirecard managers arrested, ex-CEO back in custody
The two newly arrested ex-managers are the company's chief financial officer until the end of 2017 and its former head of accounting, Munich prosecutor Anne Leiding said. The case against ex-CEO Markus Braun was expanded and a court ordered him kept in custody, Leiding said. Braun was first arrested last month on suspicion of market manipulation and falsifying financial results, and then released on bail. A fourth former executive, the head of a subsidiary in Dubai, was arrested in early July. The Wirecard debacle has raised questions about the effectiveness of German financial regulation, and about who in the government knew what when.
German prosecutors close probe of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
BERLIN German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have closed their investigation into a deadly far-right attack on Munich's Oktoberfest in 1980, more than five years after they revived the probe in hopes that new testimony might point to previously unknown co-conspirators. Thirteen people were killed, including three children, and more than 200 wounded when a bomb exploded at the Oktoberfest on the evening of Sept. 26, 1980. But in December 2014, the federal prosecutor's office said it were looking at the matter again after a previously unknown witness surfaced. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the witness' indications that there may have been co-conspirators hadn't been corroborated by the renewed investigation. They said they had failed to find any other solid evidence that others may have participated as accessories, instigators or accomplices in Koehler's attack, though that possibility can't entirely be ruled out.
Mark Zuckerberg says social networks should not be fact-checking political speech
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told CNBC he does not think social networks should be fact-checking what politicians post. "Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say." Although Facebook does use independent fact-checkers who review content on its social networks, the point of the fact-checkers is to "really catch the worst of the worst stuff," Zuckerberg said. "In terms of political speech, again, I think you want to give broad deference to the political process and political speech." Facebook announced in October that it would allow politicians to run ads on the social network, even if they include misinformation.cnbc.com
Zuckerberg warns that Facebook's content moderation efforts have been hampered by coronavirus
That decision reduced Facebook's number of human content moderators down to just its full-time moderators, he said. As a result, Facebook has relied less on human moderators to look at appeals involving other types of content. Already, that drop in content appeal reviews can be seen in the Tuesday report. Content appeal reviews for January through March came in at 2.3 million pieces of content, down nearly 18% from content appeal reviews between October and December 2019 and down nearly 26% from January through March 2019. Despite this dip, Zuckerberg said Facebook will continue to issue its content moderation transparency reports.cnbc.com
Goldman Sachs warns jet fuel demand may never fully recover from the crisis
To date, more than 4.1 million people have contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 282,727 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The public health crisis has led to an extreme demand shock in energy markets, with world travel brought close to a standstill. Jeff Currie of Goldman Sachs argued that the severe loss of oil demand came primarily from three sectors: Commuting demand; industrial demand and jet demand. Industrial demand and commuting demand should both be able to recover fairly quickly from the pandemic, Currie said, but jet demand "is the weakest one." "I think you are going to lose a good chunk of the jet demand that would have been associated with business travel.cnbc.com
Facebook soars after reporting 'stability' in ad revenue after fall in March
Facebook said it is now seeing signs of stabilization after seeing an initial steep decrease in advertising revenue in March due to Covid-19. Facebook's fact checkers have marked more than 4,000 pieces of content related to Covid-19 as false, resulting in more than 40 million warning labels seen by Facebook users, Zuckerberg said. Facebook said it counts 2.99 billion monthly users across its family of apps, compared to 2.89 billion in the previous quarter. In the U.S. and Canada, Facebook's user base rose to 195 million daily active users from 190 million a quarter earlier. Its user base in Europe increased to 305 million from 294 million daily active users in the prior quarter.cnbc.com
'The risk is simply too high': Germany's Oktoberfest canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Markus Sder, Bavaria's minister president, and Dieter Reiter, Munich's lord mayor, announced the news together Tuesday, citing the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the cancellation. "It hurts, it's such a pity," Sder said, as noted in comments shared on the Oktoberfest website from the press conference. According to Reuters, Oktoberfest brings in 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) into the city of Munich. Coronavirus could spread rapidly through beer tents, streets and alleyways as guests crowded Munich for the festival. Oktoberfest is not a celebration that can be postponed or moved, according to Baumgrtner.monroenews.com
History shows stocks typically rebound from disease outbreaks before long
Within six months, stocks are usually on the mend from the fallout of disease outbreaks such as the coronavirus, say experts. Six months later? In 2016, the Zika virus, linked to birth defects in the babies of mothers infected while pregnant, tore through Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. The deadly Ebola virus that broke out two years later dragged global stocks down more than 7%. "It's a topic that feels closer to home and therefore has a more dramatic response in the market," Egan said.cnbc.com
Iran's foreign minister blames Trump's advisors for 'very dangerous moment' in relations with the US
Thomas Kienzle | AFP via Getty ImagesMUNICH Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the deadly U.S. strike on Iran's top military leader an "act of terror" and blamed President Donald Trump's advisors. "This moment is a very dangerous moment because the United States has been misled. I believe President Trump, unfortunately, does not have good advisers," Zarif told an audience Saturday during a discussion at the Munich Security Conference. "The United States conducts operations and wants to be immune from the consequences, that doesn't happen," he added. On the heels of the strike, Iran launched at least a dozen missiles from its territory on Jan. 7 at two military bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops and coalition forces.cnbc.com
EU industry chief says Facebook needs to adapt to the EU's standards
The founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020. EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe's standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant's proposed internet rules as insufficient. Breton will announce proposals on Wednesday aimed at exploiting the EU's trove of industrial data and challenging the dominance of Facebook, Google and Amazon. It will announce rules to govern the use of artificial intelligence too, which will also affect companies such as Facebook. It urged regulators to understand the capabilities and limitations of technology in assessing content and allow internet companies the flexibility to innovate.cnbc.com
Pompeo says criticism of Trump's 'America First' policy doesn't 'reflect reality'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adresses the audience on the podium during the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich on February 15, 2020. MUNICH Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday defended the United States' foreign policy approach and dismissed criticisms that the Trump administration disregards international alliances. The West is winning, and we're winning together," Pompeo said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference. "Our closest ally, the United States of America, under the current administration, rejects the very concept of the international community," he said. "'Great again' but at the expense of neighbors and partners," Steinmeier added without naming Trump but referring to his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.cnbc.com
Microsoft president says big tech has 'fundamental responsibility' to protect US voting process
MUNICH As America prepares for the 2020 presidential election, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said tech companies have a 'fundamental responsibility' to safeguard America's democratic process. "We have a fundamental responsibility as companies and as a technology sector to help protect our candidates from attacks and hacking. To help protect the integrity of voting, from voting polls to voting results and certainly the voting process itself," Smith explained at the annual Munich Security Conference. "We have a fundamental responsibility not just to address but to fight disinformation and I think we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that our business models do not sap the strength of democracy itself by creating polarized communities that eat away at the core of what makes every democracy successful," he added. Smith's comments Saturday at the security forum followed those of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said that social media companies need more guidance and regulation from governments in order to tackle the growing problem of harmful online content.cnbc.com
German president slams Trump's 'America First' foreign policy in front of Pompeo and Esper
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the opening speech of the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2020. "Our closest ally, the United States of America, under the current administration, rejects the very concept of the international community," he said. In his opening remarks, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that the United States would put its own interests first at the expense of allies. MUNICH Germany's president kicked off the annual Munich Security Conference on Friday by taking a swipe at President Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy approach. Read more: Nuclear weapons and 5G among national security topics at Munich Security ConferenceSteinmeier also accused Russia and China of amplifying global insecurity in pursuit of "great power" competition.cnbc.com