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The latest: NATO's boss warns about China's 5G mobile offer



The latest at the Munich Security Conference (all times locally):

6 pm

NATO leader says there is growing concern about China's increasing investment in critical infrastructure systems in countries around the world and that Alliance nations must take it together.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a meeting of world leaders, top diplomats and defense forces on Friday that China's interest in the lucrative contracts to deliver new superfast mobile networks called 5G is a cause for concern for many allies.

He says: "We must better understand the size and extent of China's influence, what it means for our security, and we must address it together."

He spoke at the Munich Security Conference.

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A London-based think tank says last year's elections in the German part of Bavaria were the subject of concerted social media campaigns designed to benefit a long-term party.

In a report on Friday at the Munich Security Conference, researchers said that they identified online tactics used by overlapping networks of German and international father-right activists to promote the alternative to Germany and smear their opponents.

Party, known by its acronym AfD, received 10.2 percent of the vote in the October elections, sapping support from the ruling Christian social union.

The report by the Department of Strategic Dialogue found that the mediation was not run by foreign countries, but rather by non-governmental networks of international traveling activists "using English-language instruction manuals, meme banks and targeted trolling hit lists."

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Iran's Foreign Minister says that even though Tehran decided to negotiate with the United States, he would not trust President Donald Trump to respect any agreement the two nations made.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments in an interview for NBC "Today" broadcast Friday came before an annual security conference in Munich, bringing together more than 30 heads of state and government and 80 defense and foreign ministers.

Zarif said Iran spent years negotiating a nuclear agreement with the United States and other world powers, which exchanged sanctions for sanctions for Tehran's promise to rebuild its nuclear program.

Trump withdrew from the agreement and the US imposed severe financial sanctions on Iran.

Zarif said Iran is not interested in sitting down with Trump, saying: "Why should we negotiate? … Why should we trust President Trump that he would adhere to his own signature?"


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