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US unveils $200 billion list of China imports for tariffs The US on Tuesday published a list of $200 billion (€170 billion) worth of Chinese goods that could soon be hit with tariffs. The move is a major escalation in a brewing trade war between the worldʼs two largest economies. According to the Office of the US Trade Representative: The additional 6,031 product lines would be hit with a 10 percent tariff.The list is subject to two months of finalization and input before possible implementation by President Donald Trump.The earliest they would come into effect is September.The products include various food items, chemicals, minerals, tobacco, electronics and office goods. Read more: Germany, China seek closer alliance over trade spat with US Chinaʼs commerce ministry responded to the proposed US tariffs, calling them "completely unacceptable." It added that Beijing would respond to the latest moves by Washington.
France seal spot in 2018 World Cup final After a goalless first half dominated by Belgium, a header from French defender Samule Umtiti ultimately proved the difference in a World Cup increasingly being decided by set-pieces. For long periods though, it was a battle fought on the ground - by two men in particular. Belgian captain Eden Hazard was the stand-out performer for the Red Devils, but even he was outshone by Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe. The frantic start to the game suited the 19-year-old perfectly as the teenager provided a series of early reminders of the French threat, leaving Jan Vertonghen for dead early on before almost latching onto a Paul Pogba through ball that he had absolutely no right to reach.
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ʼBrexodusʼ continues as May loses two more party members The resignations come on the heels of Boris Johnson and David Davis quitting
Conservatives Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield have quit their posts in protest to Prime Minister Mayʼs latest Brexit compromise. US President Donald Trump says he expects the UK to be in "turmoil" when he visits this week and British politicians are continuing to add to that atmosphere. On Tuesday, two Conservative party vice chairs, Ben Bradley of Mansfield and Maria Caulfield of Lewes, both resigned in protest to British Prime Minister Theresa Mayʼs so-called Chequers Brexit compromise. Read more:Opinion: Chaos reigns supreme in London The resignations come on the heels of Brexit SecretaryDavid Davisand Foreign SecretaryBoris Johnsonʼs resignations over Mayʼs plan on Sunday and Monday respectively. Although Tuesdayʼs departures came from lesser-known politicians, observers say those opposing Mayʼs Brexit compromise are trying to force her into another change of tack. ʼBad for the country and bad for the partyʼ Both departing politicians claimed they would lose their seats in elections should the party not deliver on Brexit. In her letter of
resignation, Caulfield, the Toriesʼ vice chair for women, told May hercompromisewould be "bad for our country and bad for the party. The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn," a reference to opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. A Leave supporter during the 2016 Brexit referendum, Caulfield criticized Mayʼs plan as failing to "fully embrace the opportunities that Brexit can provide." Bradley, who was the vice chair for youth and backed the Remain camp during the referendum, said, "I cannot with any sincerity defend this course to my electorate, 71 percent of whom voted to leave the European Union." He, too, said Mayʼs new course damaged the opportunities provided by Brexit. Some of the most crucial traditional election battlegrounds between the Conservatives and Labour, many of which are in the north of England, also voted predominantly in favor of leaving the EU in 2016ʼs referendum.
American tourist takes unexploded WWII munition to Vienna Airport A 24-year-old American tourist caused panic at Vienna Airport when she put an unexploded World War II artillery shell in front of Austrian customs officials and asked whether the "souvenir" could be taken onboard her flight home. Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 7.5 caliber dud tank artillery shell. The incident shut down the arrival and luggage hall for 15 minutes. Police said at no time were passengers under threat. Read more: WWII bomb scare leads German police to heavy zucchini The 24year-old was reported to prosecutors for negligent endangerment and fined €4,000 ($4,694). The woman had found the World War II relic while hiking. According to the Krone newspaper, the woman reportedly cleaned the artillery shell in her hotel room so as not to get her clothes dirty when she packed it up to take to the airport.
German authoritiesʼ many failures in investigating the NSU The first victim of the serial murdersdied on September 11, 2000, the last on April 6, 2006. Eight of the victims were men of Turkish heritage; one was from Greece. They were all shot with the same gun. The investigators, just taking guesses, had initially said the killings must have involved drugs — sometimes they even accused relatives of taking part in the murders. Racism was quickly ruled out as motive.
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Novichok nerve agent victim regains consciousness Novichok poison victim Charlie Rowley regained consciousness on Tuesday and is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital announced. Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess were exposed 10 days ago to Novichok, a militarygrade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.Sturgess died as a result of her exposureon Sunday. Police said the pair came into contact with the toxin after Sturgess handled a highly contaminated item in the town of Amesbury, just a few miles fromSalisburywhere nominally retired Russian spySergei Skripaland his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March. "We have seen a small but significant improvement in the condition of Charlie Rowley," Director of Nursing at Salisbury District Hospital Lorna Wilkinson said. "He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious. "While this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet. Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, roundthe-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital."
Novichok nerve agent victim regains consciousness Novichok poison victim Charlie Rowley regained consciousness on Tuesday and is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital announced. Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess were exposed 10 days ago to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.Sturgess died as a result of her exposureon Sunday. Police said the pair came into contact with the toxin after Sturgess handled a highly contaminated item in the town of Amesbury, just a few miles fromSalisburywhere nominally retired Russian spySergei Skripaland his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March. "We have seen a small but significant improvement in the condition of Charlie Rowley," Director of Nursing at Salisbury District Hospital Lorna Wilkinson said. "He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious. "While this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet. Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital." 2
German interior minister presents his migration master plan German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has presented his longawaited asylum 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. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer finally got to present his migration "master plan" to the press on Tuesday, a month after it was blocked at the last minute by Chancellor Angela Merkel, precipitating a crisis in theGerman government that almost cost them both their jobs. Seehofer also hinted at the delay in publication by pointing out that the delayed release of his plans came on his 69th birthday, noting that this coincided with the return of 69 people to Afghanistan from Germany, and quipping, "that was not on my order." Germany German interior min-
NATO summit: Poland pins its hopes on the USA NATO is currently debating plans toexpand its rapid deployment forces, but that in itself is not a true safety guarantee for Warsaw. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak welcomes the new "4 x 30" NATO initiative that aims to significantly raise the troopsʼ preparedness by 2020 but he only sees "real military potential" on the US side, and not among European NATO partners. "Weʼre striving for a permanent US troop presence," Blaszczak said, arguing that this is important for Poland and the Polish people. Thousands of US soldiers have been stationed in Poland since 2017 in the framework of the "Enhanced Forward Presence" NATO initiative. These troops rotate every few months, and their numbers are not set. As far as the Polish government is concerned, only
ister presents his migration master plan German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has presented his longawaited asylum "master plan." But he did not include the last-minute compromises made with coalition partners last week, which averted a government crisis. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer finally got to present his migration "master plan" to the press on Tuesday, a month after it was blocked at the last minute by Chancellor Angela Merkel, precipitating a crisis in theGerman government that almost cost them both their jobs. permanent military bases equal security. And Warsaw is prepared to pay. A document entitled "Proposal for a US Permanent Presence in Poland" surfaced in the media in May, with the Polish government urging permanent deployment of a US armored division in the country. The Poland government will offer significant funding for this action, about $1.5 billion to $2 billion, "as it is important to share the burden of defense spending," according to the document.
19 injured, 1 dead in South Africa plane crash At least 19 people were injured and one killed near Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday after a charter plane crashed near Wonderboom airport, paramedics confirmed. "Medics from ER24 and other services are at the
Divided Thailand unites around cave rescue, but solidarity wonʼt last For more than two weeks, the worldʼs media were fixated on the efforts to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailandʼs northern Chiang Rai province. The drama came to an end on Tuesday,with the last of those trapped safely recovered. The rescue effort dominated the media and public debate in Thailand, too, Stine Klapper of the Thai branch of Germanyʼs Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) told DW. Once news spread that the boys had gone missing, that was all anyone talked about, she said. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, in power since a military coup in 2014, visited the cave complex shortly after Thai and British cave divers had found the missing team late on July 2. In a speech that also addressed the boysʼ families, he urged optimism. "There has to be faith. Faith makes everything a success," Prayuth said, adding people should have faith in the actions of officials and their "children who are strong and vigorous."
scene of a plane crash at Wonderboom in Pretoria," said Russell Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 medical service. "We have 19 injured casualties ranging from minor to critical injuries at this stage." ER24 later said on its Twitter feed that one fatality had since been reported from the scene, and that it had occured "in the cockpit." News 19 injured, 1 dead in South Africa plane crash There was no immediate information about what caused the crash near the administrative capital of Pretoria. Pictures from the scene showed paramedics rescuing survivors from the smoking wreckage. At least 19 people were injured and one killed near Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday after a charter plane crashed near Wonderboom airport, paramedics confirmed. Aviodrome wrote on Facebook that it was "hugely shocked," by the crash. "We are not sure what happened at this stage," Rosella Passier, Aviodromeʼs marketing manager, told French news agency AFP.
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France withholds funds for Marine Le Penʼs far-right party Franceʼs far-right National Rally, formerly the National Front, said the party could soon be over after judges withheld millions in state funds. The move comes amid a probe into the partyʼs alleged misuse of EU funds. Marine Le Pen, the leader of theantiimmigration National Rally, decried a court decision to seize state funds from the party on Sunday. French judges decided to block some €2 million ($2.3 million) in public subsidies to the party, formerly known as the National Front. Political parties in France receive public funds depend-
ing on how well they did in elections. Le Pen said the amount of withheld funds is nearly half of the €4.5 million the party was supposed to receive this year. The judges withheld the public funds from the far-right party as part of an ongoing probe into National Rallyʼs alleged misuse of European Parliament funds.
Racism is socially Australian rangers trap giant saltwater acceptable in crocodile Germany, says lawyer in neo-Nazi trial After a five-year-long trial, a verdict is finally expected in the coming days in Germanyʼs far-right extremist National Socialist Underground (NSU) case, which centers on multiple racially motivated murders committed by the terror group between 2000 and 2007. It will be the end of a long era for Mehmet Daimagüler, who represents several co-plaintiffs,relatives of those who were killed. Daimagüler is not just a successful lawyer, but also the author of books and newspaper articles that have raised heated debate about racism in Germany. He has personally experienced what it means to be discriminated against and to overcome almost insurmountable obstacles. Born in 1968 in Siegen to Turkish parents, Daimagüler faced an uphill struggle from day one. "We were always treated as foreigners. We did not have German citizenship and only had a temporary residency permit." Whenever his family dealt with German authorities, they were made to feel they did not belong in the country, he recalls.
Wildlife rangers in northern Australia have bagged a massive saltwater 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 biggest saltwa-
ter croc ever to be removed from the remote Katherine 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.
Liu Xia, wife of late Nobel Peace Prize winner, arrives in Germany Liu Xia was never charged with a crimebut has spent eight years under house arrest. Liu landed in Berlin from Beijing on Tuesday, where her arrival was greated warmly by rights groups. "Sister has already left Beijing for Europe at noon to start her new life. Thanks to everyone who has helped and cared for her these few years. I hope from now on her life is peaceful and happy," her brother Liu Hui wrote on social media.
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Techies ponder jobs, cybersecurity in the age of AI, robotics Artificial intelligence and robotics are the biggest talking points at this yearʼs CEBIT in Hanover. While some sound optimistic about the datadriven digital revolution, others warn about its negative implications. Weʼre living in the midst of a digital revolution with rapid advances in the areas ofartificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing and robotics, which promise to radically reshape the way we organize our economies, societies and even political systems. The world is increasingly reliant on algorithms to carry out all sorts of day-to-day tasks, from banking and social networking to accessing news and even helping police predict and prevent crime. Hardly a day goes by without us hearing about drones delivering packages and self-driving cars soon becoming a reality on our streets and revolutionizing mobility. New machine-learning techniques and improvements in artificial intelligence, tech enthusiasts believe and hope will produce a new generation of robots that can work alongside humans and complement or, even replace, them in ways not envisioned previously.
FIFA World Cup: Nike refuses to provide shoes to Iranian team US sportswear firm Nike says it cannot supply boots and other equipment to Iranʼs national football team players due to sanctions on the Islamic country. Iran faces Morocco in its first match at the FIFA World Cup. Carlos Queiroz, the head coach of Iranʼs national team, has called on Nike to apologize after the US sportswear company said it could not supply football cleats to his players due to US sanctions on the Iranian regime. "US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time," Nike had said in a statement. The Iranian side faces Morocco in their Group B opener on Friday, June 15. European Cup winner Portugal and the 2010 world champions Spain are also in the same group. Iran faces Morocco in its first match at the FIFA World Cup. Carlos Queiroz, the head coach of Iranʼs national team, has called on Nike to apologize after the US sportswear company said it could not supply football cleats to his players due to US sanctions on the Iranian regime.
German investor sentiment lowest in 6 years The mood among German institutional investors has worsened sharply in recent weeks, a fresh monthly survey shows. For an export-oriented country like Germany, thereʼs a lot to worry about, experts say. Confidence among investors in Europeʼs powerhouse plunged sharply in July, the ZEW economic think tank announced Tuesday. It said its monthly barometer dropped to levels not seen since August 2012amid signs that current trade frictions could spiral out of control. "Above all, fears of an escalation in the international trade conflict with the United States drove the instituteʼs index down 8.6 points to reach -24.7 points," ZEW President Achim
US to curb Chinese investment in tech firms The US is preparing regulations that would severely limit Chinaʼs ability to invest in US firms making "industrially significant technology." The move marks yet another escalation in the bilateral trade conflict. The US Treasury is drafting curbs that would block firms with at least 25-percent Chinese ownership from buying American companies with "industrially significant technology," an unnamed government official told Reuters. His comments to the news agency matched a report by The Wall Street Journal which also said the ownership threshold might still changebefore the official announcement of the planned restrictions is made on Friday. The slated curbs will pour more oil onto Donald Trumpʼs trade conflict with the worldʼs second-largest economy, with heightened tensions threatening to roil financial markets and dent global growth. Tighter export controls?Tariffs on $34 billion (€29 billion) worth of Chinese goods are due to take effect on July 6 over US complaints that Beijing is misappropriating US technology through joint venture rules and other policies.
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Why higher US tariffs on car imports would backfire Having slapped higher duties on EU steel and aluminum already,US President Donald Trump is now looking to curb successful European car imports, which have long been a thorn in his side against the general backdrop of a massive US trade deficit with the bloc and Germany in particular. "We are finishing our study on cars from the EU," Trump tweeted earlier this week, saying the measures that his administration will take to rectify the imbalance will see things "evening out" fairly soon. The American president has threatened to impose a tariff of at least 20 percent on all imports of EU-assembled vehicles, a month after Washington launched an investigation into whether auto imports posed a national security threat. The US Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers hopes these higher tariffs will never materialize. The advocacy group, which represents 70 percent of all car and light truck sales in the US including manufacturers BMW and Volkswagen, warned that a 25percent duty on imported vehicles would cost American consumers some $5,800 (€4,988) per vehicle.
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Wambach said in a statement. US President Donald Trump had hit steel and aluminum imports with higher tariffsand threatened to do the same to EU cars, after the European Union retaliated with border taxes of its own on US goods. Major German firms are already suffering from the White Houseʼs trade spat with Beijing, the main front in Trumpʼs battle to slash US deficits. German cars built in the US are facing new tariffs when entering China.
Innovative schooling: Finlandʼs Me & MyCity program
Finland has long had a reputation for innovative schooling methods, and the Me & MyCity program is no exception. It creates an environment for sixth-graders whichsimulates a miniature city where students work in a profession and function as consumers and citizens, as part of society. Inside a large hall in an industrial building on the outskirts of the shipping and engineering city of Vaasa, it looks a bit like a small trade fair is going on. It has been divided into booths, each of which represents a sponsor company. In one booth, sponsored by a supermarket chain, a girl stacks shelves while another starts up the computer and looks at inventory. In another booth that bears the logo of a major local engineering company, three students are donning hard hats and reflective vests to go on a site inspection. In another, a group of students works to get a newspaper published. There are 55 sixth-graders here today around 12 years old. They come from three schools in the region.
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How not to burn rainforests in our grills Barbecuing sustainably:
A lot of our BBQ charcoal comes from tropical forests, and this can contribute to deforestation, a survey has found. But there are alternatives for more environmentally friendly grilling. How good are they? "You arenʼt a vegetarian, are you?" Mario Sacilotto asks me. He seems kind of worried. The German entrepeneur with Italian roots is definitely not an eco-freak. He enjoys a good grill steak, barbecued in his garden in Alfter, a small town near Bonn, Germany. Although heʼs not a native to the eco-scene, his new startup Grillmais (which means "BBQ corn" in English) has brought him straight to it. Sacilotto sells an alternative charcoal product for barbecuing: corncobs, the central core of an ear of maize — what
you get when youʼve nibbled off all the kernels. Itʼs more environmentally friendly than charcoal, he says, adding that it also has a lot of practical advantages for the ʼcue connoisseur. Sacilotto tears open a paper bag and dumps dozens of lightyellow and reddish corncobs into his barbecue grill. Then he pours lighter fluid over them, and sets it alight. Flames soon flicker among the corncobs. "Now we have to wait 10 to 14 minutes before we can put the meat on," Sacilotto says.
Biofuels: Good or bad for the environment? In the early part of this century, as governments grappled with how to most effectively combat global warming, policymakers put carbon emissions caused by transport in their crosshairs. Transport, after all, accounts for 22 percent of energyrelated greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Emissions in that sector are increasing faster than any other, due also to steady growth in the use of personal cars in the developing world. And so governments came up with what they thought was the perfect solution: What if the cars could burnnaturally occurring, renewable biofuelsinstead of fossil fuels? Bio-based crops donʼt emit carbon — or so they assumed. Brazil established its ethanol fuel program 40 years ago, and today is considered to have the worldʼs first sustainable biofuels economy, with almost all cars burning some element of biofuel. In 2005, the United States established its first national renewable fuel standard under the Energy Policy Act, calling for 7.5 billion gallons of biofuels to be used annually by 2012.
Danube region wine tasting Danubius Hotel Gellért
Psychological impacts of being trapped in a cave I think the core problem is a lack of daylight. People who exclusively live in the dark for a long time are more stressed, because their usual sleepwake rhythm is disrupted. This impacts the quality of sleep and the bodyʼs entire biorhythm. What impact do you think darkness or a lack of sun‐ shine has, given that a lack of sunshine is not merely about vitamin D, right? No itʼs
much more than that. Humans are used to a day and night structure. If this is lost, it becomes even harder
to cope with stress and other external influences. Would you say that the chil‐ dren could suffer specific psychological damage, such as nightmares or claustro‐ phobia? Iʼm very sure that they will
have some problems. For example, in rooms where they canʼt get out immediately. The sound of falling rain might also trigger a trauma, because this is what led them into the trap. They might also find it hard to trust their environment after this experience.
On July 11th, on the panorama terrace of Danubius Hotel Gellért you can sample a variety of exquisite wines from the Danube wine region. These wines have lower alcohol content, are light, smooth and less acidy: perfect companions on a hot summer day. Tickets are available at this link.
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New 500forint note to launch in Hungary A revamped 500-forint banknote will be introduced into circulation in Hungary on February 1st next year as the current bill of the same denomination is being enhanced with new security features and a brighter colour scheme. The redesign of the 500-forint note is the last step of an ongoing programme under way since 2014 to replace old Hungarian banknotes with a new kind of paper. The present series of the brownish bills will remain in circulation until October 31st, 2019. From November 1st, 2019, only the redesigned 500forint bills will be accepted as payment. After this date, old notes in 500-forint denominations can be exchanged for the new bills of the same value free of charge at Hungary’s commercial banks and post offices for three more years, and at the Central Bank of Hungary for 20 years. As part of this phasing-out project of old paper money, modernised notes have already been introduced in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 forints. These bills are now all in circulation with updated design and improved security components.The Central Bank of Hungary has been providing support to commercial clients, banks and cash-payment machines to integrate the new 500-forint notes into their system.
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Wimbledon 2018: Juan Martin del Potro sets up Rafael Nadal quarter-final
Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro set up a Wimbledon quarter-final meeting with Rafa Nadal after finally wrapping up victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon. The Argentine was two sets to one up on the world number 53 when play was suspended on Monday night. He lost his serve early in the fourth set but fought back and served for the match at 5-4 only for Simon to save four match points. But Del Potro went on to claim a 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) victory.
Johanna Konta beats Heather Watson, Katie Boulter defeats Sam Stosur
Is eSports about to be recognized as a sport in Germany? Politicians in Germany are mulling recognizing eSports as a sport. Their decision would have wide-ranging repercussions in the gaming industry in the country and further legitimize the digital sport phenomenon. eSportsʼ continued growth has pushed competitive gaming ever-more into the public eye. This has sparked a debate about gaming’s role within German society, and whether eSports should be officially classified as a sport. And it is looking increasingly like it will. Chancellor Angela Merkelʼs grand coalition of her Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to recognize eSports as a sport as part of the coalition agreement they reached earlier this year. However, the legislation necessary to do so has not yet been passed. "eSports were long considered a niche topic, generally only discussed by experts. It has now reached a tipping point where it has become a meaningful topic to all of society and cannot be ignored," Konstantin von Notz, deputy chair of the opposition Green Party in the lower house Bundestag said.
LA Lakers officially sign three-time NBA champion LeBron James:
LeBron James has officially joined LA Lakers in a four-year dealworth $154m (£116m),with Magic Johnson calling it a "huge step" for the team. James, 33, was a free agent after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. The three-time NBA champion with Cleveland and Miami Heat joins a team that last made the play-offs in 2013. "This is a historic moment," said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. "It serves as the ultimate
validation for what we are building here." President of basketball operations and former player Johnson called James the "best player in the world". "Itʼs a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the play-offs and to the NBA Finals," added Johnson.
Fernando Torres: Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker signs for Japanʼs Sagan Tosu Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu. His Atletico Madrid contract ran out this summer and was not renewed, with his final appearance as a 90thminute substitute inthe Europa League final defeatof Marseille. The Spaniard, 34, rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 after a loan at AC Milan. The World Cup and European Championship win6
ner was part of Chelseaʼs Champions League-winning team in 2012. He scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in English football, including four years with Liverpool when he scored 81 times in only 142 games. "I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I ever think about going to another European team," Torres said on Tuesday. "I wanted a new challenge in a completely different place."