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Mexico protest over gasoline price hike turns violent A protest in Mexico over a 20-percent gasoline price hike has turned violent. Thousands were arrested nationwide in Latin Americaʼs second-largest economy. Violence started after a protester drove his truck into police guarding a fuel distribution terminal in Baja California. Federal police said four officers had been injured in the incident in Rosarito, near the border city of Tijuana. Mexicoʼs government hiked gasoline costs by 14 to 20 percent earlier this month, adding to already-rising inflation. The hike is part of a gradual price liberalization the Pena Nieto administration has promised to implement this year. Local media reported marches on Saturday in the Mexican states of Sonora, Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, Tabasco and Puebla as well. Thousands of people marched in the western city of Guadalajara on Saturday to protest the increases. There were no reports of violence in Mexico City on Saturday.

Israel arrests protesters supporting jailed soldier Several people were arrested in Jerusalem during a rally in support of Sergeant Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who was recently convicted for killing a Palestinian. The verdict sparked waves of outrage in the country. The police detained seven people overnight for disturbing the public order near the residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, authorities said on Sunday. The demonstrators "wanted to carry out an illegal protest in support of the soldier Elor Azaria," according to the police, following calls to pardon the 20-year-old who had been found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week. "Some of them blocked the road and refused to obey police instructions," the police added. Israel is deeply divided over the case, with Wednesdayʼs verdict prompting Azaria supporters to scuffle with the police in Tel Aviv.

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Obama calls on Americans to fight for democracy in farewell speech Obama used the speech to underscore the power of ordinary people to create change

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has said goodbye and thanked supporters during his presidential farewell speech in Chicago. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his belief that change only happens when "ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it" during his farewell speech on Tuesday. Addressing thousands of supporters at McCormick Place in Chicago, the same city where he gave his presidential victory speech in 2008, the outgoing president said change was the "beating heart of our American idea - our bold experiment in self-government." Obama, who cultivated his empowering brand of American politics in Chicago, said the city had taught him that change starts at the grassroots level. "I first came to Chicago when I was in my early 20s, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life," Obama told Chicagoans. "This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it." "After eight years as your president, I still believe that," Obama told a crowd of loyal fans, many of whom were demoralized by Donald Trumpʼs shock election triumph in November. At one point, the president was interrupted by chants of "Four more years!" to

which he smiled and responded "I canʼt do that." The president warned supporters of the challenges facing the post-World War II order, namely the threat of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) jihadi group and the challenges facing democracy. "Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear," Obama said. "So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are." Amid increasing resentment being directed at the mainstream political establishment, Obama urged the US not to "betray our constitution" by shying away from its role in the world and withdrawing from global conflicts. The likelihood of war increases and freedoms are threatened, Obama said, "if the scope of freedom and respect for the rule of law shrinks around the world." Obama also sought to rally his supporters to fight for democracy and forge a new "social compact." Americaʼs great "potential will be realized only if our democracy works," he said, before urging all American voters to "throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions."

Liberal Bay Area is vulnerable to Trump supportersʼ hate too The San Francisco Bay Area has been at the fore of the "resistance" against Donald Trump since he was elected president. But even in this hub of left-leaning politics, hate crimes have occurred and locals are worried. Historically, the Bay Area in Northern California has had a reputation for being one of the most progressively-oriented pockets of the United States and the aftermath of Trumpʼs election and weeks leading up to the inauguration have proven no exception. During the campaign, the Castro - a historically LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood in San Francisco - was the first home to an unflattering naked Donald Trump statue, a phenomenon which quickly spread to left-leaning cities across the country. On the day of the election, comically low numbers turned out for Donald Trump in counties across the San Francisco Bay Area - with as low as three percent of the vote going to Donald Trump in Berkeley.

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani dies in hospital Influential Iranian politician and writer, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died in a hospital near Tehran. He was head of the Expediency Council, a body that advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82, Iranian state media has reported. The influential former president was hospitalized because of a heart condition.

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Prototype vaccine for Ebola virus proves effective in Guinea A prototype vaccine for Ebola has proven effective in Guinea, according to the World Health Organization. It hopes fast-track approval will emerge by 2018. The hemorrhagic virus killed 11,300 people in western Africa. WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny wrote in the medical journal "The Lancet" that an "effective vaccine" for Ebola, dubbed rVSV-ZEBOV should be 80 percent effective in a fullyfledged epidemic. The Canadiandeveloped vaccine was given to nearly 6,000 people in Guineaʼs coastal region of Gasse-Guinée in a "phase 3" clinical trial last year. It was carried out last year at the tail end of western Africaʼs epidemic that began in early 2014 and alsospanned Liberia and Sierra Leone, prompting world alarm. Not one vaccinated person contracted the disease, but among a control group of unvaccinated volunteers 23 cases did occur, wrote Kieny who led a team at the WHO which took over the study.

Egypt postpones controversial UN vote on Israeli settlements Egyptian President el-Sissi has bowed to pressure from Israel to delay a vote on the measure in the Security Council. The move came as US President Barack Obama weighed whether or not to block the resolution. Facing pressure from Israel, Egypt indefinitely postponed a United Nations Security Council vote to condemn the building of settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Israel was forced to turn to its reticent allies in Cairo as it remained unclear whether longtime ally the United States would veto the measure. As a permanent member of the Security Council, the US has routinely axed such resolutions. But President Barack Obama has reportedly been mulling if they should let the measure through after years of aborted peace efforts. Despite the history of friendly relations between the two countries, the US has long considered the settlements as a hurdle to a lasting peace process, and allowing the resolution to pass would have been an opportunity to take a stronger stance. "Peace will come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, imploring the US to exercise its veto power. 2

Migrants left at freezing car park in Germany Emergency services said several children were in the group

A people smuggler abandoned 19 people at a car park in southern Germany. They were left as temperatures plunged well below freezing point. Bavarian police found the group in the municipality of Brannenburg, just across the Austrian border, officials said on Sunday. The temperature at the car park measured -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) when the police and an ambulance reached them. The 19 migrants told the police they arrived from a refugee center in Italy. They had paid an unknown smuggler between 500 and 800 euros

Hundreds of US tanks, trucks arrive for NATO mission in Europe A shipment of US tanks, howitzers and other military equipment has arrived in Germany as part of a mission to allay concerns about Russian aggression. The cargo will be moved to eastern Europe in the next few weeks. Ships began unloading the cargo in the northern port of Bremerhaven on Friday, marking the start of the deployment of a third US combat brigade in Europe. From Germany, the hundreds of trucks and tanks will be transported by rail and road to eastern Europe. Over the next two weeks, some 4,000 soldiers will join up with the equipment in Poland before spreading out across seven NATO allies- from Estonia to

($526-842) per person totake them to Germany,and were riding in a van bearing UK license plates. "After an hours-long drive, the unscrupulous driver pulled over in an unheated area and disappeared," police said. According to unconfirmed information, the vehicle had engine trouble. One of the migrants subsequently approached two other people at the car park and asked them for help. Bulgaria. A headquarters unit will be stationed in Germany to organize logistics. The deployment is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a plan the US government announced in Octoberin response to concernsfrom Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and other countries after Russiaʼs annexation of Crimea in 2014. "The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation," Major General Timothy McGuire told reporters when asked if the move aimed to send a message to Russia.

Kosovo urges France to release its former premier Kosovoʼs government has called on French authorities to release its former prime minister. Ramush Haradinaj has been detained facing possible extradi-

German federal prosecutor confirms death of Berlin Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri, the lead suspect in the attack on a Berlin Christmas market this week, has died in a shootout with Italian police, according to the Italian interior minister. Germany has confirmed that the dead man is Amri. Anis Amri, a Tunisian man suspected of having driven a truck into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50 more, has been shot dead in a shootout with police in Milan, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said on Friday, with Germanyʼs top prosecutor later confirming that Amri had been killed. Minniti told a press conference in Rome that there was "no doubt" that the dead man was Amri after his fingerprints were clearly identified. Amri was killed at around 3 a.m. local time (0200 UTC) on Friday. One policeman was injured in the shootout, which occurred when police requested identity papers from a suspicious-looking person. Instead of producing papers, Amri drew a gun from his backpack and fired at one of two police officers, injuring him, Minniti said. The other police officer then shot Amri dead. No one else was injured.

tion to Serbia to face war crimes charges. Following the arrest of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, current Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said Friday that officials expect "the French government to take into consideration that such warrants are fully political and have no legal or juridical base." Haradinajwas detained on his arrival at Basel-MulhouseFreiburg airport on Wednesday, close to the Swiss and German borders. The 48-year-old leader of the opposition party Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) was travelling on a diplomatic passport when he was stopped. A former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during Kosovoʼs 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia, Haradinaj is accused by Serbia of committing war crimes including kidnappings, torture and killings against Serb civilians when he was a senior rebel commander in western Kosovo.


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Multiple deaths as extreme weather sweeps Europe Blizzards, icy roads and dangerously low temperatures over the past two days have claimed more than a dozen lives in parts of Europe. The harsh winter weather has also cut off towns and caused massive power outages. Four Portuguese tourists were killed and some 20 others were injured on Sunday when their bus skidded off an ice-covered highway in eastern France. Authorities said the Switzerland-bound bus plummeted into a ditch in the Saone-et-Loire region near Lyon. "It was very icy," state prosecutor Karine Malara said. "The weather conditions this morning were very bad." Severe conditions across Europe have caused

France arrests former Kosovo PM sought by Serbia Kosovoʼs former prime minister has been arrested in France in response to an international arrest warrant for war crimes filed by Serbia. Ramush Haradinaj was stopped as he flew in from Kosovoʼs capital, Pristina. Ramush Haradinaj (photo above), a former guerrilla fighter, was arrested on his arrival at Basel-MulhouseFreiburg airport, located near the Swiss and German borders, according to sources close to the French investigation. The French judicial authorities will now examine the Serbian request. Serbia says his unit, the so-called Black Eagles, tortured and killed dozens of Serbian civilians, whose bodies were found near Radonjic Lake in the Decani region. Kosovo and France have good diplomatic relations, with Paris one of the biggest supporters of the youngest European state. The 48-year-old leader of the opposition party Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) was travelling on a diplomatic passport when he was stopped. Haradinaj is a former leader of paramilitaries who fought for Kosovo, a predominantly ethnic Albanian province of Serbia, to gain independence in 1998-99.

fatalities in a number of countries in recent days. Black ice across northern and western Germany was blamed for dozens of road accidents and injuries overnight. One person died near Hannover after their car skidded into a tree, the German Press Agency reported. Meanwhile, firefighters in the city of Hamburg said Sunday they had received 415 emergency calls for weather-related incidents.

Syria: Water as a weapon of war

Damascus and surrounds have been cut off from water for days because of fighting around the source of the water supply. An open-source investigative journalism platform has looked into the exact cause of the shortage. Fighting between the Syrian army and jihadi rebels has engulfed the source of any populationʼs most valuable resource: water. The al-Fija spring in Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus, provides nearly two-thirds of the cityʼs potable water. Whoever controls the area indirectly controls the lives of the

millions of people living in and around the Syrian capital. Rebels have occupied the region for months. The pumps at the Wadi Barada water plant were damaged in the last weeks, and water that remained flowinghas been contaminated with diesel fuel.More than 5.5 million people in the greater Damascus area have been partly or completely cut off from their water supply, according to UN estimates. This has forced them to search for other sources and tripled the cost of bottled water, city residents reported.

BBC skit on foreign wives of ʼIslamic Stateʼ fighters sparks controversy A BBC parody titled "The Real Housewives of ISIS" has started a debate on social media about the limits of satire. Is the criticism fair and what do Arabs themselves think of satire about the jihadists? The satirical clip, which was released Tuesday by a BBC Two sketch show called "Revolting," features four British women - Afsana, Mel, Zaynab and Hadiya - who had fled to Syria to marry jihadist fighters for the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) militia. They dress in suicide belts, pose for selfies and gossip about their husbands.

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Nagy-Eged Hill leaves its mark There are numerous excellent sites for producing wine in Hungary, but the Nagy-Eged Hill in the Eger Wine Region stands out from the crowd. St Andrea Winery, Kovács Nimród Winery (KNW) and Gróf Buttler, three wineries working in this, one of Hungary’s oldest and highest altitude terroirs, presented world-class wines from here at a unique joint tasting in the Kogart House.Even veteran professional wine writers were surprised by the complexity and elegance of the twelve wines. The master class on their top wines proved what this unique terroir is capable of in both theory and practice, where professional humility meets ambition aiming for the highest international level. The Eger region has a cool climate similar to that of Burgundy, as both wine regions lie on the northern periphery of where wine can be produced, which is why Nimród Kovács often refers to it as the ‘Hungarian Burgundy’. If he is right, it is perhaps no exaggeration to say that the Nagy-Eged Hill is equivalent to the finest French Grand Cru terroirs, such as Corton or Romanée-Conti. Thanks to years of hard work and exemplary cooperation, Nagy-Eged Hill could end up on the world’s gastronomical map. Even if there is no real hope that Burgundy will at some time be referred to as the ’French Eger’.

Child labor in eastern Cameroonʼs gold mines Children in eastern Cameroon leave school as young as seven to work in gold mines. Moki Kindzeka travelled to the mining town of Betare-Oya where residents have an uneasy relationship with the Chinese mining community. The road to Betare-Oya in eastern Cameroon is better than it used to be. Five years ago, it was narrow and bumpy but in the meantime the surface has been tarred and the ride is much smoother. Simon Estil, the senior government official in Betare-Oya, says urban development in the area is being driven by gold mining. He said there used to be a market just once a week, now the market is open daily and a second one has sprung up. Young traders used to sell fuel in cans, but now there are four fuel stations even though mining is still on a smallscale. "That is enough to make you understand how gold mining can transform a locality," he told DW. 4

Austria to propose plans for businesses to hire local workers ahead of other EU citizens Center-left Chancellor Christian Kern has accused eastern European countries of "exporting joblessness." Austriaʼs Social Democrats have launched an apparent bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party. As he presented his 10-year economic plan, Austriaʼs Social Democrat (SPÖ) Chancellor, Christian Kern, on Wednesday outlined drastic proposals seeking to raise employment and win back support from the resurgent far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). The most eye-catching of Kernʼs proposals were his calls for the EU to allow Austrian employers to give priority to local candidates before other EU citizens. "That means - only if there is no suitable unemployed person in the country can (a job) be given to new arrivals without restriction," Kernʼs plan read. The pro-

Germanyʼs taste for home-grown ostrich Germany is Europeʼs biggest importer of ostrich - and even farms its own. But are the big birds a healthy, sustainable alternative to more traditional meat? With its wet, cold winters, Germany sounds like the last place an ostrich would be at home. But for a couple in southern Germany, raising these feathered African giants is a way of life. Uschi Braun und Christoph Kistner have run Mhou Farm in Rülzheim for 20 years. Itʼs not just a business, they say, but a way to connect with nature and offer healthy, sustainable meat. And they are not the only ones. There are around 150 commercial ostrich farms across Germany. Germans, it seems have a taste for the big bird - and aside from the home-grown variety, import more of its meat from South Africa than any other country globally. But not everyone is happy to see ostrich on the menu. Animal welfare activists argue these magnificent birds belong to the wild, and breeding them in Germany is nothing short of unnecessary cruelty. Mhou Farm has become a popular local attraction for animal lovers and tourists.

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China in public shaming campaign against polluters China has made yet another attempt to bring law-breaking companies to account as this weekʼs outbreak of hazardous smog has shocked the worldʼs second-largest economy. Beijing kicked off a new name-and-shame campaign. China publicly named more than 20 companies, which it said broke environmental rules during the mostrecent outbreak of hazardous smogin the countryʼs north. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused steel and paper mills, cement plants, power generators and chemical producers of a range of offences, including ignoring output suspensions, evading government inspections and falsifying production data. Beijingʼs latest public shaming campaign is its most overt attempt to bring polluters to account by exposing their infringements to wider community scrutiny. Chinaʼs Hebei province is home to seven of the countryʼs 10 most polluted cities.

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posal singles out migrants from eastern Europe, countries he accused of "exporting their joblessness to Austria." Kernʼs plan also outlined proposals on a number of popular FPÖ themes, such as immigration and asylum seekers, whose intake he wants to see reduced from 35,000 per year to 17,000, and clamping down multinational firms booking profits in other countries with lower tax bases. Core SPÖ themes were also under the spotlight, including increased healthcare funding and the minimum wage, which he hopes to raise to 1,500 euros ($15,900) per month.

US ethics chief wary of Trumpʼs conflicts of interests

The head of the US ethics agency has criticized Donald Trumpʼs plan to maintain his business empire by turning it over to his sons. He said selling his assets to a blind trust would have been the best solution. US Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub took the rare step of commenting publicly on the decision by President-elect Donald Trump to de factomaintain his business empireby turning it over to his sons. Shaub said what she should have done instead was selling off all his corporate assets and placing remaining profits in a government-approved blind trust. He noted that Trumpʼs attempt to avoid a cascade of conflicts spurred by his global business holdings broke 40 years of precedent by presidents from both parties. Shaub openly pleaded with Trump to reconsider his plan before his inauguration on January 20, emphasizing that the way to move forward would be to have his profits administered by a neutral trustee approved by the ethics agency.


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Want to pet that cute owl? Think again!

After its kitten craze, owl cafés seem to be Japanʼs next big thing. Customers have been lining up to spend time with the big-eyed birds. But despite good intentions, experts say signs of stress are likely to be misread. Sweet Potato, Cherry Tomato and Kuppi are only three of over 30 owls that are listed onAkiba Fukurouʼs website, an owl café at the heart of Tokyo. Theyʼre pretty cute - and thatʼs probably the main draw for visitors dropping in for an hour to hold the owls and take pictures. In reviews, customers rave about the experience of getting up close and personal with owls of all shapes and sizes. But keeping different types of owls in close prox-

imity can be problematic, says Christian Artuso, a biologist and owl expert withBird Studies Canada. "You see a bunch of problems in the owl cafés with overcrowding - but you also see placements of larger owls and small owls together. That is extremely stressful for the small owls," he told DW. "They are usually not going to be happy to sit beside a predator that would eat them under a natural context."

Apple leads race to build a green internet For yet another year, Apple has been found to be the most environmentally friendly of the worldʼs largest tech companies. A study by Greenpeace said the company was making the best use of renewables. In a fresh report called "Clicking Green," environmental organization Greenpeace on Tuesday picked Apple for the third year in a row as the tech company that had made the biggest effort to reduce its ecological footprint. According to the report, Apple was credited with playing "a catalytic role within its IT supply chain, pushing other IT data center and cloud operators … to follow its lead in powering operations with renewable energy." Greenpeace said the energy footprint of the global IT sector currently accounted for only 7 percent of global electricity needs. But it hastened to add that global internet traffic was expected to rise threefold by the end of the current decade, meaning a larger energy footprint, and meaning that commitments by tech companies to energy sustainability would become even more important in the years ahead.

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World premiere at Millenáris - Learn what you are a champion of! An exhibition featuring the most cutting edge technologies, impressive images taken from unique perspectives and playful tests will be opened in Budapest on January 13. The interactive experience-expo titled „The Champion” welcomes visitors in pavilion D of Millenáris until mid April, 2017. An extremely exciting „exhibition start-up” will be introduced early this year and will welcome visitors all through the spring at Millenáris, featuring the themes of sports, motion and becoming a champion. „The January introduction will be the world premiere of the exhibition, followed by an international tour, however as the technology is completely a Hungarian development, naturally we wished to introduce it to the Hungarian public first” – said Illés Gabriella, main orga-

nizer of The Champion exhibition. The „interactive experience-expo” will be first premiered in Hungary, and will be truly unique from all aspects. It will feature a spectacular image world – truly unique in the international context as well – introducing the general public to the world of sports with high definition pictures, slow motion recordings and visual solutions applied from exciting perspectives. Secondly, visitors can also participate in the game or the struggle for the highest performance, as the unique feature of the exhibition is that the system is capable of monitoring the performance of the actively participating public by – playfully – monitoring the capabilities of each visitor, helping parents in choosing a sport discipline for their children, or even predicting their chances to become champions.

In mid-January a brand-new fitness music club kicks off in Budapest, and they await all fitness lovers – and beginners – with open-days on January 14-15. Visitors can try out the professional high-quality equipment, and participate in exciting group sessions, while DJs fill the fitness center with the best popular tunes. After the open-days exercise enthusiasts can test the whole gym with a free trial fitness ticket, and also get even 50% discount of their membership price, which enables them to train for only 3,000 HUF per month.

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Mulled Wine Festival at Allee Shopping Center Between January 13-15, a Mulled Wine Festival is held on the Buda side, along the promenade by the Allee Shopping Center. Visitors to this event can beat the cold with an impressive assortment of delicious hot drinks, such as coffee concoctions, hot chocolate variations, cocoa, special teas, grog, punch, mulled beer, pálinka, and other mouthwatering drink varieties. To further enhance this exciting culinary adventure, a wide selection of wintry meals also await those who wish to warm up. Entry to this festival is free, where in addition to wintry drinks, palatable plates of various dishes also entice passersby to the plenty of stands, offering a perfect program for a cold afternoon. Between January 13-15, a Mulled Wine Festival is held on the Buda side, along the promenade by the Allee Shopping Center. Visitors to this event can beat the cold with an impressive assortment of delicious hot drinks, such as coffee concoctions, hot chocolate variations, cocoa, special teas, grog, punch, mulled beer, pálinka, and other mouthwatering drink varieties. To further enhance this exciting culinary adventure, a wide selection of wintry meals also await those who wish to warm up. Entry to this festival is free, where in addition to wintry drinks, palatable plates of various dishes also entice passersby to the plenty of stands, offering a perfect program for a cold afternoon.

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Jens Todt appointed Hamburgʼs new sporting director

Hamburg have appointed Jens Todt as their new sporting director. The long-expected move comes after the club parted ways with Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who had held the posts of both chairman and sporting director. The Bundesliga club confirmed in a statement posted on their website on Friday that Todt had taken over as their sporting director and had already joined Hamburg at their winter training camp in Dubai. Todt, who was previously the sporting director at second-tier Karlsruhe, had been rumored to be the favorite for the Hamburg job as early as November. However,Dietmar Beiersdorfer,who had been relieved of his duties as chairman in mid-December, remained the clubʼs sporting director until the end of the year.

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Athletics doping: IOC confident over Russia doping reform plans International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach believes Russia will resolve its doping issues and field athletes at next yearʼs Rio Games. Russia was provisionally suspendedfrom world athletics after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report alleged "state-sponsored doping". Bach met with his Russian Olympic Committee counterpart Alexander Zhukov to discuss the report. He said he was "confident" in the measures put forward by the ROC. Council members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned. As it stands, Russian athletes may not enter international competitions, including the World Athletic Series and Rio Olympics, which begin on 5 August next year. Russia will also not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Cup in Cheboksary and the 2016 World Junior Championships in Kazan. "We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organisations - Wada and the IAAF - will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games," said IOC president Bach.

Novak Djokovic claims Qatar Open with statement win over Andy Murray Murrayʼs defeat ends the Britonʼs 28-match, five-tournament winning streak

Novak Djokovic sent a warning to rival and world number one Andy Murray with a thrilling victory in the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday. Novak Djokovic claimed his second consecutive Qatar Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory over Andy Murray, the man who toppled him as world number one late last year. In an epic match of superb quality in Doha, Djokovic looked back to his best but missed out on three match points and had to repel a roaring Murray comeback before ending the

Britonʼs 28-match, five-tournament winning streak. In their first meeting since Murray won their season-ending climax at the ATP World Tour finals, the Briton ran into a rejuvenated Djokovic who, despite having problems with his racket hand and receiving two warnings for his behavior, prevailed thrillingly in their 36th contest.

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Maria Sharapova to make her comeback from doping ban in Germany Uli Hoeness says he hasnʼt lost the respect of his peers despite serving time in prison for tax evasion. Hoeness was re-elected unopposed as Bayern Munich president in November. The former West Germany international told reporters at the Alpensymposium, a business and politics conference in Switzerland, that his experience has made him more humble and less likely to speak out on certain issues. Hoenessserved half of a threeand-a-half year jail termand said former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was one of those who wrote to him while he was incarcerated. 6

The former world No.1 womenʼs tennis player, Maria Sharapova, is to return to action at a tournament in Germany after having served her doping ban. She was banned after a positive test at last yearʼs Australian Open. A statement posted on the website of carmaker German carmaker Porsche, which happens to sponsor both the Stuttgart Grand Prix and the Russian tennis player, said Maria Sharapova would make her return at the event on April 26, the third day of main-draw play and the day her doping ban expires.

Porsche said the 29-year-old Sharapova had been given a wild-card entry into the tournament; something that she will have to rely on for a while, because her ban meant that she has falling out of the world rankings, which only count tournament performances from the previous 12 months. "I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favorite tournaments," said Sharapova, who won the Stuttgart tournament from 2012-14. "I canʼt wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love."


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