A growing number of people in German cities are meeting up in parks, either before or after work, for a challenging work-out that is similar to military training.
The German defense minister has called Niger a strategic partner "in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration." Nearly 900 German troops are deployed in the Sahel region, including 40 in Niger.
Norway provides ample obstacles as the military alliance's make-believe battleground for the Trident Juncture exercise. Still, Teri Schultz finds today's high-tech capabilities require (warm) boots on the ground.
China has issued the most detailed defense yet of its policies in the Xinjiang region. Beijing says the region's Uighurs are being taught how to assimilate, while some see echoes of earlier re-education programs.
Western countries, including Germany, have demanded China shut down detention camps where up to a million ethnic Muslims are reportedly being held. Beijing has rejected the demands as being "politically driven."
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