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Total lunar eclipse: looking forward to Mo(o)nday!

Saturday 08:59 GMT

From the last eclipse in July 2018 we still know it's worth getting up that early: The sunlight is refracted in the Earth's atmosphere and the short-wave blue light components are scattered in such a way that they will not reach the moon.

The mobile laboratory is still sending scientific findings, selfies and even tweets from Mars, albeit with a little help from its Earth-based handlers.

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Source: Fox News

Four Audi managers indicted in emissions cheating scandal

Friday 23:40 GMT

A federal grand jury in Michigan on Thursday indicted four engineering managers at German carmaker Audi in connection with a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Volkswagen pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal charges in the scandal and is set to pay more than $30 billion in penalties and lawsuit settlement costs.

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Source: DW

Turkey arrests and deports Dutch journalist Ans Boersma

Friday 08:59 GMT

Dutch journalist Ans Boersma was detained while trying to prolong her Turkish visa in Istanbul and deported the next morning.

Turkish authorities deported Ans Boersma, a 31-year-old correspondent for Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, on Thursday, the paper and Turkish sources confirmed. "And all of a sudden, you are in an airplane going back to Netherlands," Boersma posted on Twitter, adding she had been declared "unwanted" in Turkey.

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Source: BBC

France activates no-deal Brexit plan

Friday 14:30 GMT

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks "less and less unlikely" and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it.

"We are taking this very seriously now as the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is becoming more possible after Tuesday night," said European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas. EU countries with close UK ties have already begun preparing for its departure on 29 March without a deal.

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Source: The Week

Mitch McConnell is the problem

Friday 14:30 GMT

Impeachment is important to pursue even if the Senate fails to remove Trump, Appelbaum says, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.)

True, a Republican Senate not led by Mitch McConnell still probably wouldn't override Trump's veto of a bill protecting America's public lands or try to tackle climate change, but it might surely quash misguided trade wars, demand qualified Cabinet appointees, stop Trump from pulling out of NATO or other alliances that undergird America's pole position in the world pecking order, and prevent vanity government shutdowns.

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Source: DW

German police arrest suspected Sicilian mobsters for drug smuggling

Friday 14:30 GMT

Around 100 officers from both Italy and Germany previously launched a joint anti-Mafia crackdown based on arrest warrants from the Sicilian town of Caltanissetta.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Specialist German police units from the SEK raided an apartment in Cologne to detain three of the suspects overnight, according to Germany's public broadcaster WDR.

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Source: Common Domain

Major powers 'largely absent': HRW wants more from Merkel

Friday 20:00 GMT

Roth told DW, "If you look around the world, the traditional powers were largely absent" when it came to championing human rights over the past year.

Most importantly he said that Merkel had helped prevent a bloodbath in Syria: "In a step that probably saved more lives than anything else, Chancellor Merkel was at the forefront of pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin to agree to a ceasefire in the Idlib Province in Syria, where 3 million civilian lives were at risk because Russia and Syria were about to begin an indiscriminate bombardment there." Roth said, "These are very important steps that Germany took.

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German media made Frank Magnitz the new face of the AfD

Friday 20:55 GMT

That's why Magnitz, a member of the Bundestag and AfD's party leader in the state of Bremen, distributed a press release and images of his bloodied face — making sure to implicate the German left in his detailed account of the attack.

Reaction to the attack on Frank Magnitz, a Bundestag member for the far-right Alternative for Germany, reveals just how polarized the country has become. The AfD has received a clear boost from the media hoopla.

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Source: DW

Record traffic jams slow down German autobahns

Friday 04:14 GMT

German roads experienced a record 745,000 traffic jams in 2018, a 3 percent increase over 2017, the ADAC, Germany's largest automobile club, said Thursday.

Speed limits or not, more traffic jams than ever kept drivers from putting the pedal to the metal on the autobahn, Germany's largest automobile club has said. Drivers contended daily with some 2,000 traffic jams in 2018.

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Source: DW

Dieselgate: Four Audi managers charged in the US over emissions scandal

Saturday 02:25 GMT

Four German managers at carmaker Audi were the latest to be charged in the United States as part of a diesel emissions cheating scandal.

A US grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany on allegations of conspiracy, wire fraud and violations of the Clean Air Act. The indictment alleges the four men took part in nearly a decade-long conspiracy to deceive the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by cheating on emissions tests for 3-liter diesel engines.

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Source: DW

China slams Huawei 'hysteria'

Friday 08:59 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Conservative US Senator Tom Cotton, who introduced the draft bill, said: "If Chinese telecom companies like Huawei violate our sanctions or export control laws, they should receive nothing less than the death penalty — which this denial order would provide." In a rare interview, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei rejected allegations of close ties to the Chinese government, saying: "I love my country, I support the Communist Party.

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Source: Fox News

Germans urge Britain to remain in EU amid Brexit impasse: 'We would miss tea with milk'

Saturday 16:19 GMT

Amid the ongoing Brexit impasse among British lawmakers, a group of prominent Germans including the woman in line to take over for Angela Merkel as chancellor is urging Britain to stay in the European Union, saying they would miss milk with tea and post-work beers.

The letter was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, saying that they would also miss “the legendary British black humor,” after-work trips to the pub, as well as “tea with milk and driving on the left-hand side of the road.” “And we would miss seeing the panto at Christmas,” the letter continues.

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Source: DW

January transfer window: Stuttgart make club-record signing

Friday 23:40 GMT

Borussia Dortmund have completed their first signing of the January transfer window with Argentine youngster Leonardo Balerdi swapping Boca Juniors for BVB.

Fortuna Düsseldorf have dipped into the transfer market to add more experience to their ranks, signing former Ingolstadt left-back Markus Suttner on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion for the remainder of the season. The Austrian international made 49 appearances in Germany's top flight between 2015 and 2017 for Die Schanzer.

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Source: DW

Human Rights Watch: Resistance against autocrats is rising

Friday 13:35 GMT

In its World Report 2019, Human Rights Watch offers several examples of groups working globally to stand up to oppression.

There's more to politics than oppression: In its World Report 2019, presented on Thursday, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) finds that globally people are standing up for their rights. "While the autocrats and rights abusers may capture the headlines, the defenders of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are also gaining strength," Kenneth Roth, HRW's executive director, writes in the introduction to the report.

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Source: DW

Australian Open: Alexander Zverev scrapes through in five set thriller

Friday 13:35 GMT

Alexander Zverev matched his career best in Melbourne after a tough 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (7-6), 6-1 win over France's Jeremy Chardy.

Drama is becoming a habit for Alexander Zverev, as Germany's great male hope made hard work of booking a third-round clash with young Australian wildcard Alex Bolt. But the third round won't be enough for the German who has bigger challenges ahead.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte