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Iran marks 40 years since Islamic revolution Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the capital Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the Shahʼs last government. The march is the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that marks the period in February 1979 when the revolutionʼs leader Khomeini returned from exile and toppled the monarchy. Downtown Enghelab, or Revolution Street, was decorated with giant balloons and loudspeakers blasted revolutionary and nationalist songs to encourage people to join the rallies. Fireworks displays were also held across Tehran on Sunday night.
Germanyʼs SPD focuses on welfare as way out of poll misery Lawmakers from Germanyʼs oldest party, the SPD, sealed their plans for a new welfare state on Sunday after months of deliberations, debates, online discussion and regional meetings. "We are leaving Hartz IV behind us," said party head Andrea Nahles, referring to the welfare system that many in the party, and beyond, see as stigmatizing. The state should be viewed as a partner rather than an overseer, she added after party leaders endorsed the plan in Berlin. The SPD wants to replace Hartz IV, the basic welfare benefit — currently €428 ($484) per month — with a basic income. They also want to extend the period of time that older people, from age 58, receiveunemploymentbenefits, to 33 months from 24 months. Younger people, too, will receive unemployment benefits for longer, taking into consideration how long they contributed to the welfare system when they had work. Those who are jobless should have the right to further training, the 17-page welfare state concept says.
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US may limit ties with nations partnering with Huawei Pompeo was in Hungary for the first leg of his fivenation tour of Europe
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington may scale back certain operations in Europe and elsewhere if countries contin ue to do business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The United States said on Monday it would share its knowledge of risks involving Chinese telecoms giant Huawei with countries such as Hungary. "If that [Huawei] equipment is colocated where we have important American systems, it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists gathered at the US Embassy in Budapest. Pompeo was in Hungary for the first leg of his fivenation tour of Europe. Washington is keen to build on its relationship with Central Europe and strengthen the regionʼs ties with the West under increasing pressure from Russia and China. The US is spearheading a drive to ban or restrict the engagement of Chinese firms such as Huawei and ZTE in the West following the companyʼs alleged espionage activities in Poland. Huawei said it dismissed a Chinese worker arrested in Polan-
don allegations of spying for Beijing. Referring to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year, Pompeo denied Washington was "covering up" the slaying. "America is not covering up for a murder." He said the US would continue to take "more action, continue our investigation," and would continue to hold accountable all those responsible for the murder. Pompeoʼs remarks came after US President Donald Trump missed a Congressional deadline to reply by Friday on whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of the Post columnist. "The president has been very clear — couldnʼt be more clear — as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable," he said.
Brexit: EUʼs Barnier says customs union idea ʼinterestingʼ The European Unionʼs chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday appeared to welcome the idea of a customs union arrangement with Britain. In a letter to May, UK opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested a "permanent and comprehensive UKwide customs union" with the EU. Corbynʼs suggestion appears to envisage Britain being part of a separate customs union, rather than part of the EU Customs Union (EUCU) itself. How this would be established or agreed upon in a matter of weeks is not clear. The Labour leader envisages common external tariffs on goods from the rest of the world. It also aims for Britain to have a say in future trade deals made by the EU.
Munich Security Report sees world as a broken puzzle The world is in crisis — and the US is only making things worse. Thatʼs the bold verdict of the Munich Security Report (MSR), released on Monday ahead of this weekʼs Munich Security Conference, the annual gathering for leading representatives of all the major powers. US Vice President Mike Pence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Chancellor Angela Merkel will be among the 100 ministers from across the world expected to discuss growing global instability.
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ICC acquits former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo
Judges at The Haguebased court delivered the eagerly awaited deci sion on Tuesday morning, clearing 73-yearold Gbagbo of all charges of crimes against humanity over postelectoral violence. Head judge Cuno Tarfusser said the court granted "the defence motions for acquittal for all charges for Mr Laurent Gbagbo," as well as his codefendant, Charles Ble Goude. Tarfusser said that a majority of the threejudge bench found that "the prosecutor has failed to satisfy the burden of proof" against both men. Lawyers for the pair had asked judges to acquit them both over a lack of ev idence at the end of the prosecution case in their trial that began just under three years ago. The 73yearold Gbagbo was the first former head of state to go on trial at the court in The Netherlands. His case was seen as a milestone in efforts to bring high-ranking leaders accused of atrocities to justice.
US and Turkish presidents discuss safe zone in northern Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, took to the telephone to discuss the situation in northern Syria on Monday. "The president expressed the desire to work together to address Turkeyʼs security concerns in northeast Syria while stressing the importance to the United States that Turkey does not mistreat the Kurds and other Syrian Democratic Forces with whom we have fought to defeat ISIS," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement, referring to the "Islamic State" (IS) extremist group. The Turkish presidency said the two men discussed the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria cleared of militia groups. It did not provide any other details. Thedisagreement between the NATO alliesis the latest consequence of Trumpʼs December 19 decision to withdraw US military personnel from Syria. This could leave the Kurdish militia under threat should Turkey start a new offensive. Over the weekend, Trump had taken to Twitter to threaten he would"devastate" the Turkish economyif Ankara sent its forces to attack the Kurds in northern Syria. 2
British PM May calls for more time to rework Brexit deal Theresa May has asked Parliament to give her more time
Theresa May has asked Parliament to give her more time to rework a Brexit deal with the European Union. Although so far the bloc is insisting the deal already negotiated canʼt be changed very much. The British prime minister on Tuesday urged the House of Commons to give her more time to rework a withdrawal agreementshe negotiated with EU leaders. The deal wasoverwhelmingly rejected by the British Parliament, however, for a variety of reasons — in part because of Northern Irish and euroskeptic Conservative concerns over the socalled backstop for Northern Ireland. Time is of the essence to rework the deal, though, because any revision would need to
Berlin AG wants to get rid of fines for fare evaders Authorities in Berlin view fare dodging as a criminal offense punishable by a €60 ($68.6) fine. Local police filed 12,000 complaints over the issue in 2017 and more than 300 people are imprisoned every year for not being able or willing to pay the fines. The leftleaning mayorand other top officials have recently called for less drastic regulations, with some proposing to downgrade fare dodging to a mere administrative offense. Now, the Berlin attorney general wants to go a step further and "completely abolish" the crime of fare dodging. "We shouldnʼt waste resources for criminal offenses where criminality is highly
y be approved by MPs before Britainʼs March 29 exit day. After MPs vote to support her reworked agreement, Parliament would then need to pass a law — the Withdrawal Agreement Bill — formally ratifying the deal. Adding to the time pressure is a legal requirement that the government put a treaty to Parliament 21 sitting days before it can be ratified. However, May on Tuesday strongly hinted that this requirement might be sidestepped when asked about this.
y g y questionable," Attorney General Margarete Koppers told Berliner Morgen‐ post. Koppers is one of the most senior judiciary officials in Berlin, a 3.6-millionstrong city which is also considered one of Germanyʼs 16 federal states. Talking to the local daily, Koppers said downgrading the offense would pose "no relief for the judiciary."
Belgium vows to amplify EU voice on UN Security Council Belgiumʼs foreign minister says his country will use its temporary UN Security Council seat to make the EU more influential on the global stage.
2018: The year Trumpian disruption rocked German politics The image that sticks most in my mind from the uniquely disruptive political year that was 2018 is of Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer on the balcony of the Chancellery building. The chancellor, a glass of white wine in her hand, has turned her back and is stalking away from her rebellious interior minister, as though he were a dog sheʼd just caught going through the kitchen garbage can. The wind has ruffled her normally perfectly styled hair. She looks unhappy, tired, old. To be fair, Merkel had every reason to be a tad disheveled, having spent many a late night negotiating with Seehofer and her other coalition partners over onestop holding centers for migrants, socalled "Anker" centers, versus transit centers —an issue that threatened for a few summer weeks to bring down her government and was immediately forgottenwhen a suitably facesaving compromise was found. Nonetheless, this press photo was a disconcerting sight for anyone who has ever come close to the chancellor in person. Iʼve witnessed her testify for five straight hours in front of a parliamentary investigative committee only to decline with a confident smile when asked if sheʼd like a break. For Merkel stress was always like water off a duckʼs back.Until 2018.
Belgium and Germany are to scheduled to take up their seats on January 1. Belgium will use its twoyear seat on the United Nations Security Council to bolster the European Unionʼs influence within the global body, Belgiumʼs foreign minister has said. Didier Reynders told Germanyʼs Neue Os‐ nabrücker Zeitung news outlet that Belgium aims to help harmonize each EU member stateʼs diplomacy so that they "send the same message with different voices." Belgium will take up its temporary seat on the Security Council,the UNʼs highest decisionmaking body, along with Germany on January 1. "We have an important role to play in supporting multilateralism," Reynders said. "There is no better place for it than in the United Nations Security Council."
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Vladimir Putin finds unlikely ally in Polish farmers Poland is rarely an advocate of moves that might help Moscow. But as its farmers suffer from EU sanctions against Russia and fear incoming agribusiness, Putinʼs antisanctions coalition has garnered an unlikely ally. Several thousand Polish farmers descended on the presidentʼs residence in Warsaw, demanding the government restart trade with Russia and restrict imports of food products from Western Europe. "We have always exported our apples to Russia," Agnieszka Jaworska, who owns and runs an orchard 50 kilometers (35 miles) south of Warsaw, told DW. Jaworska says incomes in the sector have halved since the Russian counter embargo was imposed in 2014. "Prices dropped dramatically,
German train delay scarf sells for thousands at auction A scarf knitted by a German woman to represent how long she was delayed on trains run by German rail company Deutsche Bahn sold for €7,550 ($8,660) on eBay on Monday. There were 134 bids from 45 bidders for the 1.5meter (5 foot) scarf, which was knitted over the course of 2018 and features stripes in different colors, to represent different-length delays. Read more: Deutsche Bahn flaws prompt calls for basic railway reform Journalist Sara Weber, the scarf makerʼs daughter, said her mother was a commuter in the Munich area and had knitted two rows per day: Gray for under five minutes, pink for 530 minutes, and red for delays of more than 30 minutes or when both of her trains were running late. Weber posted a photo of the scarf on Twitter and the response was so enthusiastic that she and her mother decided to auction it and give the proceeds to the charity Bahnhofsmission, which assists people in need at railway stations across Germany. On Monday, Weber tweeted that the scarf had been sold for €7,550.
pp y by over 50 percent." "We were the only business affected. We are paying the price. Russia is building its pipeline to Germany, but we are paying the price. I am against this. Itʼs not fair," she added. In 2014, several Western states slapped sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. In return, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning imports of some agriculture and food products from countries that had adopted antiRussia sanctions, including Poland.
Germanyʼs President Steinmeier praises Colombia, Ecuador over Venezuela refugees
Venezuela stands "on the brink of the abyss,"German President Frank-Walter Steinmeiersaid in Colombia as he started his sixday journey through Latin America tour on Tuesday. After landing in Colombiaʼs northern city of Cartagena, the German president is due to visit the capital Bogota and then continue on to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. The power struggle in Venezuela is expected to dominate the talks between Steinmeier and Colom-
bian President Ivan Duque on Tuesday. Colombia shares a 2,219 kilometer (1,378 mile) border with Venezuela, where acting President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to remain in office against a challenge from his rival Juan Guaido. Steinmeier decried the "dramatically bad" situation in Venezuela, where millions struggle to come by basic goods after years of state mismanagement.
German utilities call for more water infrastructure investment Karsten Specht, vicepresident of Germanyʼs VKU local utilities association, said Tuesday that costly investments were needed to develop instrastructure for water supplies and treatment. The VKUʼs 1,460 members — largely consortia owned by local authorities — were already investing €6 billion ($7 billion) annually, Specht said. He added that while people took it for granted that taps brought water, they forgot that elaborate infrastructures were needed to get it there — and also for subsequent wastewater disposal. Politicians, must recognize this "longterm task."
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German firms warned about Chinese ʼcloud hopperʼ hackers
Germanyʼs BSI information security agency, tipped off by America, has identified small weaklink service firms as the gateways used to hack German industry, Germanyʼs Süddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper said on Wednesday. Referring to US President Donald Trumpʼs trade row with China and citing the "wellinformed"website Axios, the paper said the BSI "acted promptly." Their actions in late November came after the US, via diplomatic channels, named German firms apparently targeted by "cloud hopper" hackers — allegedly from China. German mechanical engineering and material research concerns were targeted in particular, the Munichbased newspaper said. Cyber experts have long warned that Germany, with its high level of manufacturing and engineering expertise, would be keenly targeted for industrial secrets by hackers. The BSI in a5 December press release — said the worldwidecirculating malware (malicious software) "Emotet," with the potential to paralyze enterprise networks, had led to a "heap" of severe incidents in Germany. Categorized as Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), these were "highly professional" attacks adapted and automated the use of Emotet within infected networks, said BSI president Arne Schönbohm.
US sanctions Venezuela state oil firm PDVSA The US said on Monday that it would impose sanctions on Venezuelaʼs state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as it ramps up pressure on the countryʼs president, Nicolas Maduro. The move followsWashingtonʼs public backing of National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president last week. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions were meant to prevent Maduro from diverting more resources from the crisis-hit country, until control in Caracas could be transferred toGuaidoʼs interim governmentora new democratically elected government. Mnuchin specified that PDVSAʼs USbased subsidiary Citgo could continue operations, so long as its earnings are deposited into a blocked account in the US. Maduro accused the US of attempting to steal Citgo, saying the state oil firm will seek legal action against the US. Washington was "holding accountable those responsible for Venezuelaʼs tragic decline," Mnuchin told reporters. 4
Study: Germany needs 260,000 immigrants a year to meet labor demand A study has found that migrant labor from within the European Union will fall short of the economyʼs needs. To plug the gap, Germany will need 146,000 workers per year from nonEU countries. Germany needs at least 260,000 new migrant workers per year until 2060 in order to meet labor shortages caused by demographic decline, according to a study published on Tuesday. Of that number, 146,000 people each year would need to immigrate from non-EU member states, the research published by the Bertelsmann Foundation said. Read more: Germanyʼs migrants: Wooed and discriminated against Due
2019: The year after peak global growth
After boom comes bust — few economists would disagree that this eternal rule of free marketbased or capitalist economies is as true today as it was, say, 150 years ago. A similar consensus seems to be emerging in the profession about the current business cycle, which many say is nearing its end — in 2019, or 2020 at the latest. At the time of writing though, the post financial crisis economic boom still seems well set on becoming the longest expansion in many countries. If the American economy, for example, makes it past June 2019 without a recession, the recovery will exceed 120 months and become the longest expansion since US economic records were first taken in 1857. Yet, global data trackers, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are less optimistic about ongoing growth in the rest of the world. The IMF, for example, thinks global growth plateauedat 3.7 percent in 2018.
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Japanʼs Nikkei plunges after US economic turmoil Japanʼs Nikkei index closed on Tuesday after tumbling by an unusually large 5.1 percent. Stocks in Shanghai and Taiwan also tumbled following heavy losses on Wall Street over PresidentDonald Trumpʼs attack on the US central bank. Tokyoʼs benchmark stock index hit a 20-month low as worries mounted over the US economy during a government funding crisis. On Monday evening, Trump shocked investor confidence by hitting out at the Federal Reserve, tweeting: "The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They donʼt have a feel for the Market, they donʼt understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders." Although the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, was nominated by Trump, the Fed is not under the control of the White House, much to Trumpʼs consternation. The US economy has also been suffering from trade disputes Trump has started with China.
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g to an aging population, the labor force in Germany is estimated to shrink by a third, or around 16 million people, by 2060 without immigration. Absent immigration, the labor shortage could have a devastating impact on worldʼs fourth largest economy. Under the calculated scenarios, the researchers assume that the birth rate is rising, more women are working and that the pension age is increased to 70.
Bundesliga title race a TV rights blessing in catchup contest with Premier League
Seeking a bumper new TV rights deal, this seasonʼs exciting Bundesliga title race couldnʼt have arrived at a more opportune time for Germanyʼs top flight in their quest to reel in the Premier League. After romping to six consecutive Bundesliga titles, even the most diehard Bayern Munich fan would begrudgingly admit that the 28-time German championʼs monopoly on the Bundesliga title was becoming a little boring and potentially damaging the leagueʼs image — particularly overseas — and its potential profitability. Even the German Football Leagueʼs (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert was irked by Bayernʼs dominance, regularly urging Bundesliga clubs to increase the level of competition for the serial winners. Therefore, this seasonʼs title race is a timely godsend for "product Bundesliga," aided immensely by Bayern enduring their worst season in seven years with four Bundesliga defeats already after 21 games. So, Seifert has finally had his wish granted with the combined Borussia might of Dortmund and Mönchengladbach challenging Bayern for Bundesliga supremacy.
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In Ghana, farmers try to boost ailing cocoa production Cocoa farming is the first step in making the worldʼs most popular sweet treat: chocolate
Cocoa farming is the first step in making the worldʼs most popular sweet treat: chocolate. But in one top cocoa producing nation, yields have been plummeting for years. What can be done to boost production in Ghana? Project goal: Modernizing cocoa farming in Ghana by improving growing conditions for new trees and helping farmers to overcome lean times. Project size: Some 750 farmers are preparing their fields for new trees. Four tree nurseries are being built to grow 600,000 new cacao trees. Approximately 20,000 shade trees will also be planted. Project partners: SNV Netherlands Development Organisation – Smart Development Works, International Climate Initiative (IKI). Project budget: The ini-
( ) j g tiative is part of a larger project taking place in Vietnam, Peru and Ghana, whichIKI has financed with €1,966,384 ($2,243,791). Ghana is one of the worldʼs largest cocoa exporters. However, it could lose its standing in light of the fact that badly managed plantations and severe drought have sent yields plummeting. Small farmers growing the treasured pods — from whichchocolateis ultimately derived — have been using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and clearing woodland to boost production.
Indian scientists slam ancient Hindu ʼstem cellʼ claim Organizers of the Indian Science Congress have dismissed claims by some prominent academics at the event, saying they had "serious concerns." The gathering has enjoyed a distinguished reputation in the past, but recent years have seen faithbased assertions and Hindu-mythology given greater prominence by speakers. One speaker, a vice chancellor from a western Indian university, said Indian literary epics revealed that people in ancient India had aircraft, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research. Vice chancellor
G Nageswara Rao, of Andhra University, said stories from Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata showed that such technology "was done in this country thousands of years ago." Rao, a professor of inorganic chemistry, said that 100 descendants of a legendary king had been born from one mother "because of stem cell and test tube technology." He also said that a "demon king" from a separate epic had two dozen aircraft, along with a network of landing strips on the island of Sri Lanka.
As Game of Thrones teaser drops, ʼUnseen Westerosʼ revealed in Berlin Another dark, somewhat foreboding teaser trailer for the delayed finalGame of Thrones installment wowed expectant fans early Monday. But some will be able to get their fix a few months early at the "Unseen Westeros" show in Berlin. Showcasing neverbeforeseen places from the world of ice and fire originally conceived by George R.R. Martin in his bestselling book series, the exhibition of artwork is a rare collaboration between Game of Thrones artists, and others not directly associated with the series. Running January 2327 at the Umspannwerk, a vast former factory in Reinickendorf, Berlin, the exhibition and book of the same name was created with the permission and cooperation of Martin and his publisher.
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Renovated Museum of Fine Arts to Open on 31 October AFTER MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF RENOVATION, THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BUDAPEST WILL OPEN ON 31 OCTOBER. NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC
Budapest’s booming craftbeer industry has long gone seasonal, but this particular winter sees a rare crop of quite excellent brews. From Russian imperial stout to barley wine matured in Tokaji wine barrels, we sip and assess our favourites. HORIZONT: NIGHTSHIFT BÉKÉSSZENTANDRÁSI SZENT ANDRÁS: ESTHAJNAL ’18 HORIZONT & MAD SCIENTIST: RICE RICE BABY FEHÉR NYÚL: BARLEY WINE/LIEZON MONYO BREWING CO: BLÖFF SERIES HOPTOP BREWERY: TENNO MAD SCIENTIST: COOKIE MONSTER FEHÉR NYÚL: RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT MONYO BREWING CO: HUNGARIAN TERROIR SERIES 2018 – BLAUFRÄNKISCH RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT MAD SCIENTIST: OLD KING CLANCY BÉKÉSSZENTANDRÁSI SZENT ANDRÁS: BLACK ROSE (2015-18) MONYO BREWING CO: THE BOUNTY HUNTER KILLED MY BABY COCONUT HORIZONT: PILOT SERIES #14 FIRST THE CRAFT BEER CO: CHOCOLATE VANILLA IMPERIAL STOUT
Thanks to the largestscale and most comprehensive reconstruction project in the museum’s history, the museum building has been renewed, and, returning to the collection’s first concept, the museum’s permanent exhibitions will also be rearranged. Besides the new permanent exhibitions, the revamped museum will welcome visitors with a chamber exhibition titled Leonardo & the Budapest Horse and Rider. The museum reconstruction, implemented within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project, included the restoration of the Romanesque Hall, which sustained severe damage in World War II and since then had been only partially renovated and used as a storage area, along with the modernisation of the building’s obsolete heating system, the installation of air conditioning in some of the exhibition halls, the renewal of a large part of the roof structure, as well as the addition of new exhibition spaces, visitor areas and modern storage facilities.
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Grand National 2019: One For Arthur to miss prep race at Haydock
The 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur will miss his prep race for this yearʼs Aintree contest because of new rules introduced as a result of the equine flu outbreak. Trainer Lucinda Russell told BBC Sport the horse had to be vaccinated and will not run at Haydock on Saturday. "Itʼs disappointing but hopefully we can find another race for him," she said. Bristol De Mai heads the weights for the £1m race at Aintree on 6 April. The eight-yearold grey, trained by twotime National winner Nigel TwistonDavies, has been allocated 11st 10lb.
Holders Celtic to face Hibernian in quarter-finals
Toni Söderholm takes charge of German national ice hockey team Weeks after Marco Sturm left to pursue an opportunity in the NHL, the German ice hockey team have a new coach. Finnish coach Toni Söderholm has signed a contract that will take him through the 2022 Winter Games. The German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) confirmed on Thursday what had been widely rumored for days;Toni Söderholm is the national teamʼs new head coach. "The decision was an easy one for us," DEB President Franz Reindl told a press conference in Munich. "He knows the system, he is predestined for international ice hockey. I am proud and am 100 percent certain that it will work out well with Toni." For his part, said he was "very happy" to have accepted the post. "The No. 1 job is to make the national team better and better. Söderholm, a former defenseman, is a relatively inexperienced coach, having only retired as a player in 2016 following a season at Red Bull Munich. Before turning professional, Söderholm spent four years playing US college hockey with the University of Massachusetts. As a pro he spent the bulk of his career at the club of his youth, Helsinki IFK, but also had spells in the top leagues in Sweden and Switzerland – where he learned to speak German.
Franck Ribery double lifts Bayern Munich over Frankfurt Bundesliga:
Bayern Munich have vanquished Eintracht Frankfurt in a rematch of last seasonʼs German Cup final. Franck Ribery scored twice, once in each half, and Rafinha added a third in a spectacular finish. Franck Ribery was the star of the show as Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The Frenchman found the back of the net in each half, giving him four goals in his last four league games. Rafinha added a third before the final whistle to finish off the dominant Bayern performance. Ribery got the start on Saturday in large part due to the injury of Serge Gnabry, who picked up a knock in Bayernʼs 10 victory over Leipzig on Tuesday. But the veteran forward rose to the challenge, using his skill on the ball to cause problems
p for the Frankfurt defense. The 35yearold was set up perfectly for his first goal, with Thomas Müller finding Robert Lewandowski in the box from the right before the Polish striker slid him the ball for an easy tap-in. Ribery deserved more credit for his second, combining with Joshua Kimmich on a quick one-two before slotting a shot past the dive of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Ribery was only a gleeful spectator for Bayernʼs third as Rafinha chipped a fantastic lob over Trappʼs head and over the goal line.
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Holders Celtic will travel to Easter Road to face Hibernian in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup. Aberdeen will host Premiership rivals Kilmarnock or Rangers, while Partick Thistle will play Hearts at home. And there will be a Championship clash between Dundee United and the winner of the Highland derby replay between Ross County and Inverness. Brendan Rodgersʼ side defeated St Johnstone 50 to book their place in the last eight on Sunday.
World number one Naomi Osaka has split with her coach Sascha Bajin 16 days after winning the Australian Open. The Japanese 21-yearold, whosewin in Melbournesealed back-to-back Grand Slam titles, worked with the German for just over a year. "I will no longer be working together with Sascha," Osaka tweeted. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future." Bajin was named WTA coach of the year for 2018. He is a former hitting partner
of Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki. Bajin thanked Osaka and said he wished her "nothing but the best". "What a ride that was," he tweeted. "Thank you for letting me be part of this." Under Bajin, Osaka rose from world number 72 at the start of 2018 to the summit of the rankings little over a year later. No reason has been given for the split, which comes less than six months after he said he was in itfor the long haul.