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Liberians still seek justice for war crimes Peterson Sonyah was only 16 years old when he sought refuge in St Peterʼs Lutheran church on the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. It was 1990, and Liberiaʼs first civil war had already been raging for a year. As rebels laid siege to Monrovia, an estimated 2,000 people crammed in the church, hoping to avoid the violence Troops loyal to then president Samuel K. Doe broke into the church killing, raping, setting fires, and sparing only the lives of those able to bribe them. 600 people died. "When the soldiers stormed the building, everyone was crying: men, women and children. They were killing innocent people. I lost my father, my uncle and my cousins, seven persons in all," Sonyah recalled. Like other survivors of Liberiaʼs two civil wars, which raged from 1989-1997 and 1999-2003, Peterson Sonyah is still waiting for justice.
Divers rescue all Thai boys and coach from cave
Rescue workers have successfully brought out all the members of a local young football team from a cave in northern Thailand, ensuring a happy ending to a 17-day ordeal that had gripped the world. Earlier in the day, authorities sent rescue teams into Tham Luang Nang Non cave for the third and final stage of an against-theodds operation to extract the remaining members of the "Wild Boars" football team. Skilled divers navigating tight, winding tunnels successfully brought eight boys from the flooded cave complex during missions on Sunday and Monday. Tuesdayʼs push aimed to free the four remaining children and their 25-yearold coach. "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what," a post on the Navy SEALs Facebook page read. "All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave."
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German interior minister presents his migration master plan German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has presented his longawaited asylum master plan
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has presented his longawaited asylum "master plan." But he did not include the lastminute compromises made with coalition partners last week, which averted a government crisis.
Cradle to Cradle: Living in a world without waste People buy, consume and then discard. But can you imagine a reality where the concept of waste had no meaning? Thatʼs behind the growing "cradle to cradle" movement. econd-hand furniture, repair cafés and cloths swaps are booming — and not just among those canʼt afford brandnew consumer goods. More and more people are looking for alternatives to built-in obsolescence and rampant consumption. Itʼs easy to see why. The more we consume, the more energy we burn, the more garbage we produce and the bigger our carbon footprint. And that’s before you even
consider the extraction of resources and human rights abuses that go hand-in-hand with producing cheap, throwaway goods. The under-30s, in particular, are increasingly into recycling and the sharing economy. Yet, vast quantities of resources are still used once before ending up in landfill or the blast furnaces of waste incineration plants. "From cradle to cradle" refers to the ideal of an end to waste. Advocates want products to be part of a closed cycle. Nature itself is the model — where everything that dies is broken down into nutrients that feed new life.
Why are there so few insects at sea? Over a million different insect species have been identified — they can be found in the icy cold of the Antarctic, the searing heat of the Sahara Desert and almost everywhere in between. But despite their tenacity and abundance, the one place youʼll find very few insect species is near water. Of the classified insect types, only 30,000-40,000 are considered aquatic, of which just a hundred or so
live in the marine environment. Professor Emeritus Charles Griffiths and Professor Mike Picker, together with entomologist Alan Weaving, are South Africaʼs most respected experts on insects and co-authors of the go-to book on the subject, Field Guide to In‐ sects of South Africa. They say there are many widely different theories as to why insects have not colonized the ocean.
Astronaut Maurer: Caves are ʼa completely different worldʼ DW: What was the most difficult aspect of caving for you? Matthias Maurer: There
are different aspects. One is the technical aspect. You have to learn the different skills so that you can climb. Basically caving is climbing, but underground. Itʼs also about teamwork because you have a task in a team and you can only be successful as a team. And you have to adapt to the environment which I have to say was also quite challenging. What correlations are
there between caving and exploration on the moon or drilling on Mars? What kind of practical things could you learn caving that would be potentially applicable on a planet or on a moon? We did two different training exercises at ESA. One is the caving for team-work fostering so that you be‐ come a good team member and you learn to interact with your colleagues.
Chinese dissident Liu Xia arrival in Germany: ʼA gift to the German governmentʼ Human rights activist Tienchi MartinLiao, editor of Liu Xiaoboʼs works, has been a friend of the Nobel Peace Prize winnerʼs family for years. With peace prize winner Liao Yiwu, Nobel Literature Prize winner Herta Müller and many other intellectuals in Germany, she has worked for the release of Liu Xia. Martin-Liao, an author, translator and publisher, lives in Cologne and heads the unofficial Chinese PEN organization helping writers at risk, a position she took on in 2009 after Liu Xiaobo was arrested.
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Germany probes huge Iran cash transfer request
Trade conflict sees Tesla hiking prices in China
The €300 million ($350 million) in question is being held by the European-Iranian Trade Bank, which is majority owned by Iranian stateowned banks, but registered in Hamburg with the German central bank, the Bundesbank. According to a report by Germanyʼs Bild newspaper, Iran wants to fly the money out as soon as possibleto avoid the potential freezing of accounts as a result of reimposed US sanctions coming into effect in August. If the operation goes ahead, it is likely to trigger a strong response from Washington. The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, already told the newspaper that the government of US President Donald Trump was "very concerned" and called on Berlin "to intervene and stop the plan."
US carmaker Tesla raised prices for some of its electric car models in China, becoming the first manufacturer to do so as trade tensions between Washington and Beijing hit producers. Other firms may soon follow suit. Tesla hiked prices for its Model X and S cars by about 20 percent in China, becoming the first automaker to adapt its price policy in the worldʼs largest automotive marketin response to a severe US-China trade conflict. The move is the first indication of how much higher Chinese tariffs on certain US imports will flow through to showroom floors, with other carmakers likely to follow suit or shift a greater portion of their production to China. Itʼs only the first chapter of
this story," said IHS Markit analyst James Chao. He said he expected more companies from around the world to be affected by the current trade skirmish. On Monday, German automaker BMW said it was planning to raise prices on US-built SUVs for the Chinese market due to higher tariffs. China slapped retaliatory tariffs on US car imports in response to the US administrationʼs move to impose higher duties on $34 billion (€29 billion) worth of Chinese goods.
Angelique Kerber Australian rangers trap giant saltwater crocodile into semifinal as rangers in northern Ausbiggest saltwater croc ever to be retop remaining seed Wildlife tralia have bagged a massive saltmoved from the remote Katherine Germanyʼs Angelique Kerber is in to the semifinals at Wimbledon for the third time as she sets her sights on a third Grand Slam win. After a number of shocks, the 30-year-old is the highest ranked woman left in the draw. It took her seven match points to seal the deal but Angelique Kerber finally got past Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 to set up a semifinal with world no. 12 Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday. Despite her trouble finishing things off, Kerber,a finalist in 2016, looked in fine form for most of the match, racing in to a 4-1 lead in the first set before Kasatkina fought back to 4-3. But the Russian then handed the initiative back to Kerber with a double fault and the German closed out the opener.
water crocodile after a decade-long hunt for the creature.
An enormous crocodile that had long eluded authorities in Australiaʼs northern outback has finally been captured, officials said Tuesday. Rangers found the 5-meter (16.4-foot) giant in a trap downstream from the Northern Territory town of Katherine — almost 10 years after it was first spotted in the region. Weighing up to 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds), itʼs the
River area. "Weʼve called it a lot of things over the years because itʼs been so hard to catch," senior wildlife officer John Burke told public broadcaster ABC. "It is a bit of a thrill, but youʼve also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is. Youʼve got to have a bit of respect for it." The animal, which is estimated to be up to 60 years old, was sedated and taken to a nearby crocodile farm, where it will live out the rest of its days away from the local human population.
The Royal Moscow Ballet brings Swan Lake to Budapest Get your tickets now! The Royal Moscow Ballet is coming to Budapest this December to give a special one-off performance of ‘Swan Lake’ at the Erkel Theatre. Co-choreographed by company founder and artistic director Anatoly Emelianov, the Tchaikovsky classic from 1877 will be presented in all its finery for this event on December 3. Formed in 1997, the RMB has since given 1,000 shows around the world, from Austria to Zambia, touring with evergreen favourites such as ‘Swan Lake’ ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Cinderella’.
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Switzerland defends top slot as worldʼs most innovative economy In its annual global ranking of countriesʼ innovation levels, the 2018 Global Innovation Index (GII) has once again given its top slot to Switzerland — a position it has held since 2011. The distinction was based on the Alpine nationʼs first-rate patent and intellectual property rules, its high-tech manufacturing, good universities and also because it is "among global leaders in R&D spending," according to the country auditors who released the report in New York City on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, all of the top-20 most innovative countries are rich economic powerhouses. Behind Switzerland in the ranking are the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, the US, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Ireland. Not surprisingly, all of the top-20 most innovative countries are rich economic powerhouses. Behind Switzerland in the ranking are the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, the US, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Ireland.
German Interior Ministry bans biker gang Osmanen Germania BC Germany has banned Turkishnationalist biker gang Osmanen Germania BC, accusing the group of carrying out violent crimes. Officials believe the gang has ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganʼs government. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer outlawedbiker group Osmanen Germania BC(Germania Ottomans) on Tuesday, banning them from all activity. "The club presents a serious danger for individual legally protected rights and for the general public," the ministry said in a statement. The announcement came as police carried out raids on Osmanen Germania in the states of RhinelandPalatinate, Baden Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse. Authorities estimate the group has 300 members across the country.