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Malaysia to abolish death penalty Malaysiaʼs Cabinet announced on Thursday it would abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt pending executions. The country mandates hanging perpetrators for a wide range of crimes, including murder, drug trafficking, treason and acts of terror. More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia. "The Cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty," Gobind Singh Deo, communications and multimedia minister, told AFP news agency on Thursday. "I hope the law will be amended soon." On Wednesday, local media reports quoted Law Minister Liew Vui Keong as saying that that amendment to laws with capital punishment were expected to be tabled when parliament resumes Monday. ʼMajor step forwardʼ Human rights groups hailed the decision. Amnesty International said it was "a major step forward for all those who have campaigned for an end to the death penalty in Malaysia."
US ramps up pressure on Saudis over Jamal Khashoggi Washington is being "very tough" on Riyadh over the suspected murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump said in an interview with "Fox and Friends" on Thursday. According to unconfirmed reports, the Saudi-born Khashoggi was killed and dismemberedafter entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a week ago. "Weʼre looking at it very, very seriously," Trump said. "I donʼt like it at all." During his appearance at the US cable network, Trump also said that Washington was investigating Khashoggiʼs fate and had "incredible people and incredible talent" working on the case. "And we have investigators over there and weʼre working with Turkey, and frankly weʼre working with Saudi Arabia," he said. Later, however, a Turkish diplomatic source seemed to dispute the claim, according to remarks carried by the state-run Anadolu news agency.
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Lagarde defends rate hikes after Trumpʼs Fed attack Her support came after Donald Trump had called the Fedʼs policies
The head of the International Monetary Fund has thrown her weight behind the US central bankʼs recent rate hikes.
US indicts Chinese spy for trying to steal aviation trade secrets US authorities have indicted a Chinese spy for trying to steal trade secrets from several American aviation firms. China has dismissed the allegations, saying US authorities are "making something out of thin air." The US Justice Department said on Wednesday it had detained a Chinese spy on charges ofstate-sponsored economic espionage, after he allegedly attempted to steal trade secrets from several American aviation and aerospace companies. Yanjun Xu, an intelligence officer for Chinaʼs Ministry of State Security, is accused of running a five-year
operation in which he would woo employees frommajor US aerospace firmsand persuade them to travel to China under the guise that they would give a presentation at a university. Court papers documented how Xu and other intelligence operatives would then plan to illicitly obtain "highly sensitive information" from their expert guests. Beijing dismissed the claims on Thursday, saying American authorities were "making something out of thin air." "We hope the US side can deal with this in accordance with law," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said during a regular press briefing.
ʼGerman Angstʼ: Pinpointing the collective fears of a country Angst: The German term has long found its way into the English language, keeping along the way its "typically German" reputation. For example, last August, the British newspaper The Timestitled its analysis of the "ugly protests in Chemnitz" as "German Angst." But is fear really stronger in Germany than elsewhere? The exhibition "Fear: A German State of Mind?"
held at the German history museum (Haus der Geschichte) in Bonn from October 10, 2018 through May 19, 2019, looks into this question. "There is a higher emotionality in Germany," the curator of the exhibition, Judith Kruse, said at the showʼs press presentation. "The Germans have a particular need for security," added Walter Hütter, president of the museumʼs foundation.
AustriaAnti-government protests hope to break populist groundswell Resistance!" came the shouts of 20,000 people who gathered in Viennaʼs Ballhausplatz square last Thursday, in front of Chancellor Sebastian Kurzʼs office. And this week, even more are set to do it again. After nearly a year of archconservative rule by Kurzʼs Austrian Peopleʼs Party (ÖVP) andthe far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), the left has revived the socalled "Thursday demonstrations" of the early 2000s. Then, as now, the weekly rallies were meant to show opposition to an ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government and, in particular, to what activists see as the FPÖʼs long history of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and now Islamophobia.
NASA: ISS crew make emergency landing after booster failure An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut aborted their flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday after a booster failure on the Soyuz spacecraft. "The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal," said NASA mission control in Houston. During their plunge to the surface, the two-men crew was forced to endure 6.7 times the force of gravity, according to Russian controllers. Rookie astronaut Nick Hague and veteran cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin "have been in contact with rescue forces," NASA said.
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Turkeyʼs economic woes power Balkan reboot Turkey has long considered theWestern Balkanspart of its sphere of influence. The Ottoman Empire encompassed Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo up to 1918. A century on from theOttomansʼ demise, Turkey is again looking covetously at the region. Turkeyʼs share in Serbiaʼs foreign trade is only about 3.5 percent, but it has crept almost without notice into Serbiaʼs top 10 trading partners and Kosovoʼs top three. Turkish construction companies, for example, are building and will operate 20 power plants in Serbia. Emerging TurkishSerbian economic relations are indeed likely to be focused on energy, the showpiece being theTurk Stream gas pipeline led by Russian energy giant Gazprom . The Western Balkans makes up only a fraction of Turkeyʼs foreign trade, compared with trade with the European Union of around €145 billion ($165 billion). But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently spoke of increasing Turkish investments in Serbia to $5 billion in the longer term, from around €1.7 billion in 2017.
Lance Armstrong Tour de France trophy ʼofferʼ to Geraint Thomas
German government cuts growth outlook The German government has lowered its forecasts for growth this year and next due to an increasingly tight labor market and risks associated with Britainʼs exit from the European Union and global trade disputes. In an official growth report released Thursday, the German government revised down its 2018 growth forecast from 2.3 percent previously to 1.8 percent now. Moreover, the growth estimate for 2019 was also slashed from 2.1 percent to 1.8 percent. The downward revision was the result of tightening conditions in the German labor market, slowing construction activity and weakening global trade, the report
noted. Read more: IMF downgrades global growth outlook, places responsibility on US-China trade tensions Among the downside risks to the forecast, the growth report cited a ʼnodealʼ exit of the UK from the European Union in March 2019,an escalation of global trade disputes, notably between the US and China, as well as contagion spreading from the economic crises in Turkey and Argentina.
How hard is living without plastic? In 2016, DW reporter Tamsin Walker made it her New Yearʼs resolution to eradicate plastic packaging from her life. The night I decided to empty the contents of my kitchen food cupboard into what felt like a thousand glass jars, was the first time I had ever really stopped to look at the undeniable extent of my own plastic usage. The realization was as shocking as the prospect of finding alternatives was daunting. Not only for me, but also for my kids who I was dragging along for the ride. A ride on which there would be none of their favorite sweets, yo-
ghurts and breakfast cereal, no potato chips, granola bars or the biscuits they love. Instead there would be four weeks of experimentation and adventure. My plan was to get our fruits and vegetables from my local market; staples such as rice, beans and nuts from the cityʼs only unpackaged food store; bread, cheese and meat from traders who would allow me to take my own tubs to be filled. How hard could that be? I also set myself the goal of swapping liquid shampoo and shower gel for the solid varieties, making whatever I could from scratch and doing without anything that fell in none of the above categories.
Lance Armstrong has joked that Geraint Thomas can have one of his Tour de France trophies after the Welsh rider had his stolen. Thomasʼs Coupe Omnisports was taken from a display at The Cycle Show in Birmingham in September.
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German photography trade fair transforms itself into an imaging marketplace "Photokina isnʼt what it used to be," some visitors tell the organizers of the biennial photography trade fair in the western German city of Cologne, which opened again on Wednesday. But Katharina Hamma, Managing Director of the Kölnmesse exhibition hall, told DW that the cynical comment was actually positive proof that the long-established event is evolving, The photography event, which was first held in 1950, has long since become a marketplace for all kinds of imaging technology, and its slogan, "Imaging unlimited," sums up its latest strategy. For many years, Photokina suffered from a decline in exhibitors as the whole photography sector dwindled. A huge effort went into attracting interest from related sectors to expand the trade fairʼs appeal. This year, for the first time, Chinese telecommunications and smartphone group Huawei and the German headphone and audio specialist Sennheiser have their own booths.
Watergate alum: Firing Rod Rosenstein would be criminal It is hard to say what is exactly going on here. One part of me thinks, this whole thing about Rod Rosenstein was just a setup to try and deflect attention away from the Kavanaugh hearings right now, which is what Trumpʼs normal pattern is: to try to do something to get peopleʼs attention in a different direction. So, I am not sure how serious he is about this and whether this was just a deflection from Kavanaugh or whether he really is serious about getting rid of Rosenstein. Part of me believes that this thing is all a setup by Trump to begin with. The notion that Rosenstein was seriously talking about the 25th Amendment as to Trump is kind of ridiculous. The 25th Amendment is really kind of designed for the Woodrow Wilson situation, where he was basically non compos mentis and his wife was acting as president and he just had no ability to act as president. The whole process of removing somebody with the 25th Amendment is extremely complex.