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The following is the most prominent world news today, Monday, January 15, 2024, apart from the war on Gaza:
Marches against the extreme right in Germany
Thousands of Germans marched in Berlin – yesterday, Sunday – in protest against what is being circulated regarding a party plan “Alternative for Germany“Right-wing extremists to expel foreigners en masse.
The police said that the Berlin march witnessed the participation of about 10,000 people, including the country's Chancellor Olaf Schulz, who belongs to the Social Democratic Party, and similar marches were organized in other cities.
It was reported that the Alternative for Germany (AfD), whose popularity polls show is rising, discussed during a meeting with Austrian extremists a plan to mass expel foreigners.
On Saturday, Schulz warned of the rise of extremism after criticizing the far right and its efforts to exploit anti-government protests led by farmers. He said, “When legitimate protests turn into anger or contempt for democratic processes and institutions, we all lose,” adding, “Only those who despise our democracy will benefit.”
Taiwan's President praises the close partnership with Washington
An unofficial delegation sent by the United States to… TaiwanToday – outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen, two days after the election of her successor, Lai Ching-te, and amid increasing pressure from China.
The Taiwanese President welcomed the presence of the American delegation, which included former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, and Laura Rosenberger, head of the American Institute in Taiwan, saying that this visit constitutes a symbol of the “close and solid partnership” between the two countries. She added, “We hope that relations will continue to advance and that It plays a pioneering role in the prosperity and development of the region and the world.”
Later, the delegation met with the president-elect, who thanked the United States for its “strong support for Taiwanese democracy.”
The visit comes at the end of an election campaign characterized by increasing diplomatic and military pressure from Beijing She strongly criticized US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's congratulations to the new president.
Lai will take office on May 20 with his deputy, Hsiao Bi-chim, a former representative of Taiwan to the United States. China considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory, and has pledged to return it to its control, by force if necessary.
20,000 British soldiers in the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War
Britain intends to send 20,000 soldiers to participate in one of the largest military exercises conducted by NATO (NATO) since the Cold War, as part of NATO exercises to repel an invasion by Russian forces.
British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce – later today – the deployment of personnel from the army, navy and Royal Air Force in exercises in which 31 countries throughout Europe participate.
About 16,000 soldiers with tanks, artillery and helicopters from the British Army are scheduled to be deployed throughout Eastern Europe starting next month as part of the exercises. The Royal Navy will deploy more than 2,000 sailors on board 8 warships and submarines, while more than 400 Royal Marine commandos will be sent to the Arctic Circle.
North Korea: Launching a medium-range ballistic missile
North Korea's official news agency announced today the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile powered by solid fuel, confirming information provided by South Korea yesterday.
The agency explained that the launch of the missile, equipped with a hypersonic warhead, was aimed at “verifying flight and maneuvering capabilities” as well as “the reliability of the new solid fuel engine.”
The Chief of Staff in Seoul confirmed that it “strongly condemns the recent missile launch by North Korea as a clear provocation that seriously threatens peace and stability” on the Korean Peninsula.