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Authorities cite 'xenophobic motives' in deadly attack in Germany

Police officers are seen after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, Feb. 20, 2020.
Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
At least nine people were shot dead and four injured in an attack on two hookah bars in Hanau, Germany, late Wednesday. Most of the victims of the shooting were from immigrant backgrounds; five were Turkish nationals.
The suspected shooter, a 43-year-old male, was later found dead at home, next to the corpse of his 72-year-old mother. German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, say there is evidence that the suspect had far-right, xenophobic motives. A letter claiming responsibility was found at his home and a video detailing conspiracy theories was also found. 
"What police forces have been noticing across Europe is that they fear that right-wing extremism is on the rise, and that these people can also have access to guns both legally and illegally. That raises the alarm," said Nils Duquet, a senior researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute.
Elsewhere: Earlier this month 29 people were killed in Thailand's northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, an unprecedented attack in the country.

Trump names loyalist acting director of intelligence

US President Donald Trump named Richard Grenell, current ambassador to Germany, as acting head of the nation's intelligence agencies. Grenell is a fierce loyalist of the president, and has drawn scrutiny for his outspoken — and often undiplomatic — manner. The director of national intelligence often serves as a neutral arbiter — Grenell's ideological stance is in line with the president's, prompting some concern about objectivity. 
Critics have also pointed to his lack of national intelligence and high-level bureaucratic leadership experience. Grenell, who is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet member, has pushed for LGBTQ rights in his current role as ambassador — one that he is expected to maintain even as acting intelligence director.

In other US political news ...

Democrats sparred last night in Nevada, where billionaire Mike Bloomberg received an icy welcome to the debate stage from other Democratic candidates — especially Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has harshly criticized the former New York mayor for "buying" his way into the race. (Bloomberg has spent more than $300 million of his own money on his campaign.)
And Trump associate Roger Stone, convicted on multiple counts of lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Mueller investigation, could face prison following a sentencing hearing set for today. But will he? Trump hinted that a clemency might be in store for his longtime friend, which would be another in a string of pardons and commutations for political allies.  

The Number in the News: 3

A new report found that no country offers a child both the chance of a healthy upbringing and a sustainable environment for the future. One of the main causes may surprise you: harmful marketing. The report was conducted by a commission of the World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund and The Lancet. Dr. Stefan Peterson, Chief of Health at UNICEF and an independent author of the report, shares the details.
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South Korean city quiet after coronavirus ‘super-spreading event’

Health authorities in South Korea have identified a “super-spreading event” of the coronavirus at the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony church in Daegu, South Korea's fourth-largest city of 2.5 million people. The sect accounts for 30 of 53 new cases in South Korea. The streets of Daegu were abandoned and shopping malls and cinemas were quiet as South Korea tries to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak from spreading.

As Lebanon’s economy spirals, foreign domestic workers remain stranded

Tsigereda has lived and worked in Lebanon for six years. She perches on a barricade painted with the Lebanese flag in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut.
Credit: Zoe Dutton/The World
As Lebanon’s economy teeters on the brink of collapse, Tsigereda, a domestic worker from Ethiopia, considers herself lucky to be one of the few migrants she knows who are still being paid by their employers.
Strained by soaring debt, Lebanon is facing its worst financial crisis since its 15-year civil war ended in 1990. Owed months or even years’ worth of wages, migrants are unable to afford plane tickets home. And because employers and migrant recruitment agencies often confiscate workers' passports, many are literally trapped in Lebanon.
“Now there is no money in Lebanon. Girls want to go home. But without money, they cannot get home. And if nobody helps them, then they will have to go back to their employer and work for nothing. Maybe they will be abused — beaten or raped.”

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