German Defense Minister cancels US trip

German Defense Minister cancels US trip to focus on officer’s arrest.German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday cancelled a visit planned to the US this week to focus on Thursday’s arrest of an army officer suspected of planning an attack, the ministry said. Von der Leyen had planned to travel to New York and Washington on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with UN officials and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “The minister’s top priority is to clear up the circumstances in the case of Lieutenant A. from Illkirch,” the ministry said, referring to the French town south of Strasbourg where the officer was stationed with a German army brigade. Media agencies

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