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John Bolton says Iran is 'almost certainly' behind oil tanker 'attacks'

US President Trump’s national security adviser did not provide evidence but claimed Iran was behind attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. Tehran called the accusation “laughable.”US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that Iran was likely behind the attacks on four ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier …

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Boris Johnson to face court on Brexit campaign comments

The frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister must face court questions about his Brexit claims pertaining to the costs of membership of the EU. The case is a private one, brought by a businessman.Boris Johnson, a top contender to become Britain's next prime minister, will be summoned to court to answer questions about allegations …

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Africa's road to free trade

Thursday sees the creation of the world’s largest free trade zone, the AfCFTA. Over 20 African nations are joining an association that in the final analysis will be modeled on the European Union’s single market.When called into being on May 30, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will be the biggest of its kind …

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The Netherlands wins the Eurovision Song Contest

Bookies favorite Duncan Lawrence has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with his power ballad “Arcade.” An exclusive performance by a 60-year-old pop diva also ensured the night would never be forgotten.Twenty-five-year-old Dutchman Duncan Laurence won the 2019 European Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night with his catchy ballad "Arcade." …

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EU fines major banks 1 billion euros over 'currency cartels'

Regulators in the European Union have levied a hefty fine on Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Japan’s MUFG over collusion in currency trading.The Commission fined the banks for taking part in two separate cartels, the "Forex – Three Way Banana Split, and the "Forex-Essex Express" cartels. The cartels involved 11 currencies, including …

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Polish minister pops 'what if' question over US gas plans 

Some EU states believe US gas exports are good but those of Russia less so. What happens if prices dictate US exports to go elsewhere? At the European Economic Forum this was controversially discussed, says Jo Harper."With the market prices for contracts recently signed by the Polish oil and gas company PGNiG, so far so …

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Jürgen Klopp wins German Football Ambassador award 2019

Jürgen Klopp has been named the German Football Ambassador for 2019 following his fine work with Liverpool and representing German football abroad. But Klopp’s season is not over, with a Champions League final to play.It is modesty that defines real champions. Despite enjoying one of his most successful seasons as a coach, Jürgen Klopp does …

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Eiffel Tower shines lights and offers snacks for 130th anniversary

The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris welcomed 1,350 children ahead of a concert and a elaborate laser show into the early hours to celebrate 130 years as the French capital’s tallest building.The Eiffel Tower, which communicates via Twitter to visitors, announced on Wednesday that "a busy period is expected." The tallest building in Paris took …

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The plastic crisis isn't just ugly — it's fueling global warming

Plastic, as we know, is everywhere. In waterways, in animals, even in our food. As if that isn’t bad enough, a new report shows it’s also accelerating global warming. Stopping climate change also means curbing plastic.People are more aware than ever that plastic — one of the most ubiquitous products in the global economy — …

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Claude Monet painting sells for record $110.7M at auction

An iconic painting from Impressionist artist Claude Monet’s “Haystacks” series has been sold for a record price at auction in New York. The former owners paid $2.53 million for the work in 1986.A painting from Claude Monet's acclaimed "Haystacks" series has sold for a record $110.7 million (about €98 million) at a Sotheby's auction in …

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Eurovision 2019: Narrowing down the field

In a show of dazzling effects and extreme stylistic variety, 10 musical acts have qualified for the Eurovision song contest finale in Tel Aviv. Front-runners Greece and Australia were among the acts to make it through.After a colorful first semifinal Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv, the 10 countries selected to go on to the finale …

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ECJ: EU employers must track working time in detail

Employers in the European Union must implement a system to record time worked daily by their employees, according to a new ECJ ruling. The decision stemmed from a lawsuit in Spain against Deutsche Bank.The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that EU member states must require employers to set up a system that …

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WHO urges exercise and non-smoking in first advice on dementia

The UN health agency’s report advises “what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain.” Regular exercise and a good diet are part of the plan for a public health response to dementia.In the report issued on Tuesday, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number …

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EU: Neymar right in trademark battle

The EU upholds a ruling in favor of the Paris St Germain forward. A businessman had registered Neymar’s name as a trademark, claiming he didn’t know the Brazilian was set for stardom. Judges found this “inconceivable.”The European Union has supported Neymar's demand for a declaration of invalidity against a trademark registration trying to exploit his …

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Opinion: Will Monsanto be Bayer's undoing?

Another heavy blow has been dealt to German company Bayer. The firm was ordered by a US court to pay compensation in yet another glyphosate-related case. Bayer needs to act swiftly, say DW’s Henrik Böhme.Bayer just needs a pocket calculator to figure out what's coming it's way. Let's assume that each of the remaining 13,400 …

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Travelers get used to unfinished Berlin airport

Having seen numerous delays, Berlin’s new airport is scheduled to open in October 2020. But even that deadline is now being questioned. Travelers are not overly concerned, though, as Hardy Graupner found out.The German Transport Ministry has demanded assurances that the unfinished Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BER, pictured above) can really open in October 2020, as …

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Former Bundesliga club Hamburg leave everyone at a loss

Until a year ago, Hamburg were the only club never to have been relegated from the Bundesliga. Their failure to win promotion on first attempt has left fans and former stars like Felix Magath shaking their heads.A day later and the disappointment is still palpable even amongst those who have, at the very least, geographically …

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Eurovision's Orange Carpet in Tel Aviv

There’s very little that is not known about the Eurovision Song Contest. Every effort is made to insure maximum exposure for the artists, including an “Orange Carpet” reception.With the last of the countries' entries announced weeks ago, the official Eurovision videos have long since been been generating untold numbers of online views. Each step of …

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 picks up steam

The artists and their entourages are now in Tel Aviv. As the city prepares to receive thousands of guests, rehearsals have begun on the Expo grounds."We'll insure that people have a fabulous time," promised Eytan Schwartz, head of public relations for the city of Tel Aviv. Equipping the city for thousands of visitors was a …

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David Wagner has the goods to shake up Schalke

Schalke are reportedly on the verge of appointing David Wagner as its new coach. Once of Borussia Dortmund, Wagner has the quality to shake them back into life after a disastrous season of disappointment."I prefer passion in the game, I like speed, I like to score goals. Everybody knows the full-throttle football that we try …

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Family memoir explores childhood of climate activist Greta Thunberg

“Scenes from the Heart” is a memoir about Greta Thunberg and her family before she gained fame. Now available in German, the young climate activist’s story will come out later this year in English.The Swedish original Scener ur hjärtat was released in August 2018 with Greta Thunberg's mother on the cover, an opera singer who …

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HIV drugs stop sexual transmission of AIDS virus, say doctors

A study has found that medication to suppress HIV can prevent sexual transmission of the AIDS virus. Researchers say treatment regimes could contribute significantly to stopping the spread of the pathogen.HIV-suppressing medication could stop sexual transmission of the AIDS virus among gay couples — even if they had sex without condoms. Authors of the study, …

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Investing in Africa's tech infrastructure. Has China won already?

Chinese tech firms are present across the African continent. Many benefit from financing provided by the Chinese government. So do Western tech firms stand a chance in Africa?The US has been warning countries across the world that technology developed by Chinese firms like Huawei and ZTE could present a security risk. Washington says devices running …

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