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12/2017 • 14, JANUARY 2017 WEEKEND ISSUE


Storm ʼEgonʼ brings chaotic winter weather to Europe Airport cancellations and power outages have resulted from the wintry conditions

Flooding, snowfall and high winds have swept across the UK and continental Europe.

Takata pleads guilty in airbag scandal, fined $1 billion Takata Corporation has agreed to plead guilty to concealing a deadly defect in its airbag inflators. The Japanese automotive parts company will pay a total of $1 billion in fines and restitution. The US Attorneyʼs Office in Detroit announced Friday that Takata Corp. had pleaded guilty to a single criminal charge after hiding a fatal defect in its airbag inflators. Prosecutors alleged that Takata falsified test data to deceive automakers that used its inflators in their vehicles.

Lebanon mending ties with Gulf states Lebanese president Michael Aoun has just returned from a four-day trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Why does Lebanon want to improve its relations with the Gulf nations and how does the Arab media view the rapprochement? The trip, which began on Monday in Saudi Arabiaʼs capital Riyadh, is the first international visit that Aoun has made since his term began in October. Beirut and Riyadhʼs relationship soured last year when Lebanon failed to condemn Iranian protesters at Saudi Arabiaʼs embassy in Tehran.

As inhabitants in Europe and Great Britain headed to sleep on Thursday night, storm Egon bore down on the region, causing transport complications and power outages in numerous countries Friday morning. The storm first dug into Britain during the evening hours of Thursday, bringing heavy snow to Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England. The Environment Agency issued severe flood warnings for coastal areas of South East England where gale-force winds and heavy rain posed a threat to life. Parts of the seaside counties of Suffolk, Essex and Lincolnshire were evacuated and authorities offered shelter for displaced residents and their pets. Londonʼs Heathrow Airport canceled 80 flights in advance of the inclement weather on Thursday evening, though a return to the normal flight schedule was expected Friday. Egon also caused Frankfurtʼs international airport, Germanyʼs busiest, to cancel 125 of the approximately 1,100 scheduled flights for Friday. "The storm was so strong that the airplane handling crews had to be temporarily stopped," a spokesperson for the Frankfurt airport company told AFP. In Lower Franconia (or Unterfranken), a region of northwest Bavaria, the storm prevented school buses from picking up students to take them to school. Though Egon did not immediately deliver the feared heavy snowfall in North Rhine-Westphalia, the storm did drop enough to make morning commutes messy. In addition, the

low-pressure frontʼs high winds felled trees, pushed cars and trucks into roadside ditches, and knocked over street signs in much of Western Germany. In Rhineland-Palatinate, winds reached a speed of up to 148 kilometers an hour (92 miles an hour.) The storm is expected to continue bringing high winds and snow to Eastern Germany throughout the day, causing further delays and potentially dangerous situations. In France, Egon caused power outages for over 330,000 households concentrated especially in the northern Normandy and Picardy regions. Passengers on the Thalys high-speed train that runs from Brussels to Paris were forced to spend the night on the train after it was forced to stop on the tracks because of damage to the contact line. The train eventually arrived in Paris on Friday morning significantly later than its expected Thursday evening arrival. The south of France also experienced Egonʼs full meteorological force. In the town of Saint-Jeannet near Nice, a woman was killed by a falling cypress tree Friday morning while taking her children to school. Swiss rail and road travelers faced train delays and icy roads on Friday morning as Egonʼs winds reached hurricane force of 154 kilometers per hour (96 miles per hour) in the area west of Zurich. The Swiss Federal Railway closed sections of track south of Lake Constance and canceled trains in the Basel area. A 10-car collision in a highway tunnel further tied up traffic due to wintry conditions.

Regional leaders Heavy clashes as arrive in The Iraqi forces Gambia storm Mosul Shuttle diplomacy moves into top university gear in The Gambia on Friday as visiting ECOWAS leaders seek to convince President Jahya Jammeh to step down. Gambians DW spoke to said he should make way for his successor. The leaders of Nigiera, Liberia and Sierra Leone have arrived in The Gambia in a bid to try and convince outgoing President Jahya Jammeh to step down. This would make way for the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow next week.

Iraqi special forces have entered the Mosul University complex as they attempt to repel "Islamic State" fighters. Most eastern parts of the city are now under Iraqi government troopsʼ control. Elite Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) troops began a new advance on Friday by smashing through a wall surrounding the campus with a bulldozer, allowing dozens of CTS soldiers to enter carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

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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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5 spots for sipping mulled wine in Budapest The heartwarming hot beverage of spiced mulled wine is best to drink in a homey, cozy, and happy atmosphere, so making it at home along with friends is the preferred way to have it. However, preparing this steamy concoction can be a messy and laborious process, so sometimes we just want to lounge at a downtown hangout and order steamy cupfuls of red, white, or rosé. Unfortunately, a lot of mulled wine is made of low-quality ingredients, so we might end up with a flavor that is very different from what we wanted – but the “forralt bor” at these five Budapest hotspots surely won’t disappoint.

For a long time, Móricz Zsigmond Square didn’t have too many places to hang out, but since the area was renewed, the situation got a lot better. We already got to know 4Street Café, another place which spices up the winter season with mulled wine and sweet treats. This is a perfect place for a tea, a hot punch, or a mulled wine to warm up while waiting for someone at this busy meeting spot. Regulars of the place already know that they can ask for blankets, which can prolong their stay. This familiar blue-and-orange vehicle can be found this winter at the Élesztő Food Truck Garden – however, for the winter season, the truck is basically transformed from a fröccs-serving station to a mulled-wine hotspot. They definitely avoid simple solutions, so although they have plain white, rosé, or red versions, they serve a total of 21 special types of mulled wine made

from the beverages of the Monostor estate. We loved the apple-pie red the most, but they also have lavender-flavored white, orange-infused rosé, and chocolate red mulled wines. Castro is a very popular hangout at Madách Square, right in the heart of downtown Budapest. For years now, this cozy place has been using the same recipe to make their prune-flavored mulled wine that they serve during the winter season. Luckily they don’t boil the uplifting alcohol out of it, so we can get sufficiently warm after three deciliters. This place and its mulled wine are perfect for a little friendly gathering. The terrace of ÉS Bisztró with its winter bar invites those who would like a more serene environment after strolling on buzzing Váci Street. Expect a hütte vibe here, with cool decorations, heaters, skis, and (of course) blankets. The classic Central Euro-

pean Tafelspitz sandwich is served in the festive pop-up hütte, where they also have hot goulash soup of excellent quality. What’s more, this is one of the few places where we can eat steamed sweet dumplings, the favorite treat of ski resorts. Mulled wine is available in white, rosé, and red variations. We fell in love with the rosé one, as the star anise and citrus gives it a really special, almost Oriental flavor. The beverages are served in ÉS mugs made especially for the holidays. This pretty restaurant that specializes in providing traditional Hungarian flavors is located in the building of the oldest inn of the city, up in the Castle District on Fortuna Street. Their mulled wine is a traditional take on the beloved winter beverage, spiced up with cloves, oranges, and cinnamon. It’s a nice way to warm up after a long walk in the city’s most historic neighborhood.

Cuba offers to pay off debt to Czech Republic with rum

Cuba has offered to pay back its debts to the Czech Republic with its famous rum. At the current rate of consumption, Czechs would have enough rum for more than a century. Cuba has offered to repay the Czech Republic for its Cold War debts with one of its specialties: several brands of rum. Czech Deputy Finance Minister Lenka Dupakova said repaying the debt with rum was "an interesting option." "These are relatively unknown brands which might be good, but we would have to advertise them and generally launch them into the market," Dupakova told Czech daily newspaper "Dnes." The people of the Czech Republic enjoy alcohol, consuming the most beer per capita in the world and it imported 892 tons of Cuban rum worth 53 million koruna ($2.05 million, 1.96 million euros) in 2015. The Czech Finance Ministry has yet to make a final sum of debts, but ministry spokesman Michal Zurovec said Cuba proposed to pay back $276 million to the Czech Republic from the time both countries were under Communist rule.

Christmas Hockey Party – Winter Classic at Városliget At this three days long program series there will be several – both womenʼs and menʼs – hockey tournaments, where plenty of acknowledged teams battle it out on the ice at the City Park.


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Who controls our food? Corporation Atlas

Sugar-free products stop us getting slimmer But it turns out that one common substitute for sugar actually blocks the function of an enzyme that is essential for preventing obesity. For some time, nutritionists have suspected that artificial sweetener - often used as a substitute for sugar in coffee or added as an essential ingredient in diet sodas - does not help people lose weight. However, scientists have struggled to understand why this is the case. Now, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found a lead. The results

of their study on this subject was published in the journal "Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism". Richard Hodinʼs team investigated a sweetener called aspartame (which has the EU ingredients code E951). Along with the salt aspartame-acesulfame (E962), it is among the most commonly used sweeteners in the world. Food producers add Aspartame to products that claim to contain "zero-sugar", such as soda drinks, sweets like bubble gum, ready-made dairy products, baked goods and instant coffee.

Ever more power over food production is concentrated in the hands of ever fewer massive multinationals - with grave implications for food security and the environment. Not just biological and agricultural diversity are under threat from industrial farming: A recent report highlights the rapidly disappearing diversity of players in the food industry. According to the Corporation Atlas - released by the Heinrich-Böll and Rosa-Luxemburg foundations, Friends of the Earth Germany, Germanwatch, Oxfam and Le Monde Diplomatique - businesses throughout the entire food and agriculture food chain have been consolidating to immense proportions. In the global agriculture sector, there have long been seven international manufacturers of

Barcelona slaps fine on Airbnb, Homeaway The city of Barcelona has fined homesharing sites Airbnb and Homeaway for their alleged renting out of apartments without a license. The two companies were exposed as "repeat offenders" by the authorities. Barcelona authorities announced Thursday theyʼd fined Airbnb and Homeaway 600,000 euros ($633,600) each for advertising and renting out apartments to tourists without a proper license. The fine was levied in a renewed crackdown on unregulated tourism in the city where home rental sites have allegedly marketed apartments without listing them on the Catalan Tourism Register. "It shouldnʼt be possible that thousands of apartments are operating without a license, illegally, without paying tax ad at the peril of neighboring residents," Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau told reporters. 4

pesticides and seeds, the report says. But thatʼs changing. Once German chemicals company Bayer completes itsplanned takeover of seed company Monsanto, that will make it the worldʼs biggest agrochemical producer. Meanwhile, US giants DuPont and Dow Chemicals are also planning a merger, and ChemChina wants to buy Swiss agrochemical and seed company Syngenta. "Soon, we wonʼt be dealing with an oligopoly, but three huge monopolies," Barbara Unmüßig of the Heinrich-Böll foundation told.

Rare Anne Frank poem sells for 140,000 euros at auction

An eight-line poem penned by teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank has gone under the hammer in the Netherlands for 140,000 euros, exceeding all presale estimates. Frank wrote the poem shortly before she went into hiding. Anne Frank wrote the book perhaps most closely associated with the Holocaust: her diary. But before she and her family went into hiding from Nazi occupiers in an Amsterdam apartment, she composed an eight-line poem on March 28, 1942. It was auctioned in Haarlem, the Netherlands, on Wednesday, selling for 140,000 euros (nearly $150,000), surpassing all presale estimates. It had been estimated to fetch 30,000-50,000 euros ($32,000-53,000) ahead of the auction.

Airbnb hopes to levy hotel taxes for 700 cities

Airbnb already has agreements with 200 cities to levy overnight fees - or hotel taxes - from guests. Peer-to-peer homestay marketplace Airbnb, founded in August 2008, is now worth around $30 billion (28.2

billion euros). It has a fabulous business model: It acts as an intermediary between people looking for a place to overnight, and Airbnb ʼhostsʼ - people with extra space in their homes or apartments willing to rent out space to short-term guests. In addition, the company has recently begun expanding into peer-to-peer tour-guide services. The company charges guests a fee for each homestay or tour-guide experience, amounting to some 10 percent of the value of the booking. In effect, Airbnbʼs homestay providers collectively serve as a sort of giant hotel. This has meant that the companyʼs business model is a direct threat to the balance sheet of regular hotels. Hotels are governed by a variety of regulations and tax obligations; in contrast, during the early years, none of those constraints applied to Airbnb hosts.

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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.

John Reed Budapest Opening

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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Hungary Budapest: -10/-6 Debrecen: -8/-6 Eger: -5/-6

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Europe Athens: 0/5 Berlin: -3/1 Bratislava: -11/-4 Bucharest: London: -17/-10 Madrid: 1/104/11

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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.

Hoeness: I still have a good

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.

reputation in the football world

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."