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Germany Urges EU Countermeasures Against U.S. Over Russia Sanctions

Source: Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - New sanctions against Russia proposed by U.S. lawmakers and which could harm European firms violate international law and the European Commission should consider counter-measures, the German economy minister was quoted on Monday as saying.

"We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple," Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. "Of course we don't want a trade war. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. This morning, I asked the European Commission to look into countermeasures. We are prepared to spend whatever it takes to help the citizens of Germany and Europe to protect our national security."

The German government and business leaders have said the new sanctions passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives could prevent German companies from working on pipeline projects that they say are essential to Germany's energy security.

Read more: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-russia-germany-idUKKBN1AG0SD?il=0

Atheist Richard Dawkins is banned from US radio station over 'hurtful' comments about Muslims

Atheist Richard Dawkins is banned from US radio station over 'hurtful' comments about Muslims, but he responds: 'Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?'

A row over free speech has broken out between scientist Richard Dawkins and a California radio station after a planned speech was cancelled.

The British biologist, a renowned atheist, had been due to speak at an event hosted by Berkeley-based station KPFA about his latest book.

But the speech was pulled, with organizers citing 'hurtful' statements made by Dawkins about Islam.

It is not known what specific remarks prompted the cancellation, but online commentators have drawn attention to a 2013 tweet in which the writer described Islam as 'the greatest force for evil in the world today'.

Dawkins himself has hit back, saying his issue is with Islamism, and pointing out that he has never been barred from events because of his criticism of Christianity.

A statement from KPFA said: 'We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people.


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