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German government set to cut growth outlook In an official growth report, due to be released on Thursday, the German government will revise down its 2018 growth forecast from 2.3 percent previously to 1.8 percent now, according to the news agency Reuters. Moreover, the growth estimate for 2019 would also be slashed from 2.1 percent to 1.8 percent, Reuters reported on Wednesday after seeing the document. The downward revision was the result of tightening conditions in the German labor market, slowing construction activity and weakening global trade, the document said. Read more: IMF downgrades global growth outlook, places responsibility on USChina trade tensions Among the downside risks to the forecast, the growth report cited a ʼno-dealʼ exit of the UK from the European Union in March 2019,an escalation in global trade disputes, notably between the US and China, as well as contagion spreading from the economic crises in Turkey and Argentina.

Hurricane Michael damage could be worst in decades, warns Florida governor Hurricane Michael could cause "devastating damage" along the Florida Panhandle when it makes landfall later on Wednesday, the stateʼs governor, Rick Scott, warned. With winds of up to 145 mph (233 kph), experts warned that Michael could strengthen into a massive Category 4 hurricane by the time it blows ashore at about 8 p.m. local time (00.00 UTC). News Hurricane Michael damage could be worst in decades, warns Florida governor With winds of up to 145 mph (233 kph), experts warned that Michael could strengthen into a massive Category 4 hurricane by the time it blows ashore at about 8 p.m. local time (00.00 UTC). Storm surges of between 9 and 14 feet (2.7 to 4.2 meters) have been forecast for coastal areas.

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Nikki Haley, Donald Trumpʼs global enabler, was no moderate Her record disproves that narrative, however, writes DWʼs Michael Knigge

Nikki Haleyʼs departure from the UN is being framed as the Trump administration losing one of its few moderate Republicans and voices of reason.

Ford, Deutsche Post kick off StreetScooter XL production Carmaker Ford and Deutsche Post have started mass production of a new all-electric van for the German postal service company. The StreetScooter XL is bigger and better than Deutsche Postʼs previous EV models. Together withCologne-based carmaker Ford, Germany postal service behemoth Deutsche Post on Tuesdaystarted mass production of a new all-electric van called StreetScooter Work XLto follow a couple of lighter delivery vans produced by Deutsche Post itself. The Work XL is able to accommodate some 200 parcels.A Ford spokesman said his firm aimed to produce some 3,500 units annually, securing 180 jobs. The model can

reach speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (55 miles per hour) and has a maximum range of 200 kilometers, depending on road and weather conditions. The vans boast two lithiumion batteries with a combined capacity of 76 kilowatt hours. For an undefined initial phase, the new vans will be made exclusively for Deutsche Post. Deutsche Post already has over 6,000 StreetScooters in operation among the 49,300 vehicles it uses for local deliveries. The company had designed its previous StreetScooters from scratch as a delivery vehicle for inner cities. Its own models offered a range of just 80 kilometers (50 miles), massively slashing battery production costs.

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism win Raif Badawi Award “We have chosen Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) because it is committed to informing the public and raising transparency in an increasingly difficult environment, often operating at risk to the journalists’ lives," said the jury of the FriedrichNaumann Foundation for Freedom Wednesday of its decision to bestow its award for courageous journalists on the group. The jury statement de-

scribed the ARIJ, an independent association of journalists active across the Middle East, as "a beacon of light in a darkening world." "Networks like ARIJ are a role model for journalists throughout the region," it added. "Journalists who collaborate, cooperate on investigations, offer each other mutual support and publish collectively are stronger together than alone and can achieve more."

Bulgarian journalist murder suspect arrested in Germany Bulgarian officials confirmed on Wednesday that a suspect was taken into custody in Germany for the murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova. Bulgariaʼs interior minister identified the suspect as Severin K., a 21-year-old Bulgarian citizen with a criminal record. "We have enough proof linking this person to the scene of the crime," Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said at a press conference. German authorities said on Wednesday that theyʼd arrested Severin K. on Tuesday evening outside the northern city of Hamburg on a European arrest warrant.

Mallorca: Deadly storm ravages Spainʼs popular tourist destination At least ten people were killed in torrential rains and flash floods that hitthe Spanish resort island of Mallorcaover night, emergency services said Wednesday. Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in Sʼillot. An additional six people were still missing following the storm. "The situation is a disaster and weʼre trying to locate survivors and help people but everything is flooded and people cannot leave their homes," said Antonia Bauza, a senior official at San Llorenc mayorʼs office. Madrid deployed military units to the Balearic Island to assist emergency workers as they searched for missing persons and cleared the streets of debris. Spainʼs weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

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Two Australians sentenced over Airbnb killing in Melbourne

Climate change: EU to seek stricter car emissions cut by 2030

An Australian court passed prison sentences for two Melbourne residents, Ryan Smart and Craig Levy, on Wednesday, after they confessed to killing their Airbnb guest Ramis Jonuzi after a dispute over 210 Australian dollars ($152, €130) in rent. Ryan Smart received a nine-year sentence and will serve at least six years before parole, with Levy being sentenced to seven and a half years and spending at least four and a half years in jail. Both men had pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Smart and Levy shared a Melbourne house with the third housemate, who is also alleged to have taken part in the attack. They admitted to assaulting Jonuzi in October last year after he extended his stay and was unable to pay for it. The victim was kicked and punched until he passed out inside the Levy-owned property.

A day after the UN warned the world was "running out time" on climate change, EU ministers have battled over the extent of emission cuts on carmakers. Germany is concerned more ambitious cuts would be bad for business.

Monaco: Thierry Henry on manager shortlist to replace Leonardo Jardim

The last mile — What failed in the Sulawesi tsunami disaster

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is being considered as a replacement for manager Leonardo Jardim at Monaco. The French club are expected to sack their Portuguese boss, 44, with the team third from bottom in Ligue 1 with six points from nine games. Henry, 41, who ison the shortlistfor a similar role at Aston Villa, began his professional career at Monaco and helped them win Ligue 1 in 1997. Jardim led the club to another French title in 2017, their first since 2000.

Less than two weeks after the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami struck on September 28,the death toll had reached nearly 2,000. And thousands more were missing. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami, with waves up to 7 meters (23 feet) high. A nearby warning system, developed by the German Research

European Union countries have agreed to pursue a 35 percent cut in car emissions by 2030, as part of global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and limit global warming. The details are set to be finalized in talks beginning on Wednesday with the European Parliament and the European Commission. Concern over a UN report on global warming released on Monday led EU environment ministers to meet in Luxembourg, where they talked for more than 13 hours in search for a compromise. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

When Septemberʼs tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, residents werenʼt warned in time.

Change (IPCC) report warned that the world was running out of timeto avoid a "climate catastrophe" and that it will need to take "unprecedented" steps to avoid a dangerous rise in temperature. Fifteen countries and the EU climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, had called on the bloc to bring its emissions reductions goal in line with the 2015 Paris climate accord, but that proposal was rejected by Eastern European countries. Under the Paris deal, the EU agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Center for Geosciences (GFZ) "worked as planned," according to the organizationʼs director of geoservices. But local authorities did not tell residents on Sulawesi to evacuate— a failure in the ʼlast mileʼ of the warning system. It depends on the level of capability within the tsunami warning center to analyze a threat ... And whether the criteria that needs to be satisfied to issue a warning was met — unless those criteria are satisfied, they will never issue a warning.

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US loses its shine as investment location for German firms Presenting the results of a poll among its member companies, the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany on Tuesday said German firms had become less confident in doing business in the United States. It said that over two-fifths of the companies polled stated the US had become less attractive as a business location in the wake of a trans-Atlantic trade conflictthat looks defused for the moment, but by no means resolved. While 82 percent of respondents acknowledged that economic relations between the US and Germany were still "strong or very strong," 42 percent of the German firms polled said the US had lost some of its former attractiveness to them. Only 20 percent of the US firms polled said the same about Germany.

Ceasefire on Israel-Gaza border largely holds as UN warns sides are on ʼbrink of warʼ A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held along the Israel-Gaza border on Sunday, a day after the most intense exchange of fire between Israel and the Palestinian group since the 2014 Gaza war. Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes in the densely populated Gaza Strip on Saturday on what it said were Hamas military, training and supply targets, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired nearly 200 rockets and mortars at Israel. Read more: Israel and Gazaʼs militant groups agree to ceasefire The Israeli airstrikes wounded more than 20 people and killed two teenage boys, Palestinian health officials said, while a Hamas rocket injured four Israelis. Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, and Islamic Jihad announced the Egyptian and UNbrokered ceasefire late Saturday. The Israeli military said its response would depend on the situation on the ground. After the ceasefire announcement, four mortars were fired into Israel early Sunday. In response, Israeli planes destroy at least one launch site. Israel also carried out three airstrikes later in the day on what it said were Hamas squads launching incendiary balloons and kites across the border.