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German spy chief passed info to AfD The relationship betweenGermanyʼs domestic spy chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) came under renewed scrutiny on Thursday, when it was revealed that the head of the domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), had passed on information from his yearly report to the far-right populist party ahead of its publication. AfD Bundestag member Stephan Brandner confirmed to public broadcaster ARD that Maassen had given him "numbers from the report" at a personal meeting on June 13, five weeks before it was released. "We talked about different figures that are in there," Brandner told ARD, including the number of Islamist extremists in the country. The BfV is tasked with tracking extremist groups inside Germany and determining whether they represent a danger, and brings out a report on its findings every summer.
Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action On Thursday morning, police moved into Germanyʼs ancient Hambach Forest toremove activists and the treehousesthey have lived in for the last six years. The forest is one of the oldest left in Europe. But underneath it lies a wealth of lignite, or brown coal — an extremely carbon-heavy fossil fuel. Police told DW they were acting on the request of local authorities to remove the tree-dwelling activists because of fire safety concerns. But tensions have been building in the west German forest for months, as energy company RWEprepares to fell the treesin order to expand an opencast lignite mine. Read more: The battle for villages and forests in Germanyʼs coal country Over the last week, police have clashed with activistsover the removal of the campʼs ground-based structures. Now, the conflict has stepped up a notch, as officers dismantle the treehouses.
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UK mass surveillance violates right to privacy Rules European court
The men wanted by the UK over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal denied any wrongdoing in a joint interview published on Thursday. "I think its pretty much nonsense," said one of the suspects, Alexander Petrov, when asked if they had any sort of poison with them during their trip to the UK. Read more:UK to request extradition of Russian attack suspects Talking to Margarita Simonyan, the editor-inchief of Moscow-funded RT, Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov denied being agents of the Russian military intelligence GRU. They said they were working in the area of fitness supplements. "We fear for our lives," Boshirov said, with Petrov commenting that the UK was offering a reward for the two of them.
The UKʼs mass surveillance program, exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, violates free speech and privacy, the court ruled. However, judges didnʼt come down as hard on intelligence agencies as some might have hoped. In a landmark decision on Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that parts ofthe United Kingdomʼs mass surveillance programviolate the targetsʼ right to privacy. Human rights groups, civil liberties organizations, privacy advocates and journalists brought the case to Europeʼs top rights court. The groups launched their legal challenge afterUS whistleblower Edward Snowdenrevealed the UKʼs surveillance and intelligence-sharing practices, dubbed the "Big Brother" program. Main takeaways from the ruling The court examined three contentious points in the British surveillance program: bulk interception of communications, obtaining data on targets from communications providers and the legality of intelligence sharing with foreign governments. Hereʼs how they ruled on each one: The UKʼs mass collection of information and communications was found to violate Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights that guarantees a right to privacy. Judges noted that there was "insufficient oversight" over the selection and interception of the
Skripal suspects say Salisbury trip was ʼcoincidenceʼ
data.However, the court said that the bulk interception of communications was not, in and of itself, illegal, but that future programs "had to respect criteria set down in its caselaw."The court was more decisive when it came to the interception of journalistic material, ruling that such programs violate the right freedom of information.A program for obtaining data from communications providers was also found to be "not in accordance with the law."The exchange of intelligence data between foreign governments, such as the exchange between British and US spy agencies, was ruled legal. What this means for mass surveillance: The decision dealt a major legal blow to European countries using blanket surveillance programs, but left intelligence agencies with some space to maneuver. Countries are still free to share intelligence with one another, and a doorway was left open for countries to continue intercepting large amounts of private communications, provided there are better mechanisms in place governing the selection and examination of the data.
Pussy Riot-linked activist hospitalized for possible poisoning Russian activist Pyotr Verzilov has been rushed to a hospital in Moscow after suddenly losing the ability to see and speak, according to Russian media. Verzilov crashed the World Cup final with Pussy Riot members. Kremlin critic Pyotr Verzilov is receiving treatment at the toxicology unit of a hospital in Moscow after his health unexpectedly deteriorated, Russian media reported. The media outlets cited Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina, who was reportedly with Verzilov as his condition deteriorated.
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UN votes to blame Israel for excessive force against Palestinians in Gaza The UN General Assembly has voted to condemn Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. A US attempt to blame Hamas failed to pass. The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a sweeping majority a resolution condemning Israel for killing Palestinians in Gaza and rejected a US attempt to pin the blame on Hamas. The resolution put forward by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians secured 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions. The resolution came in response to a similar resolution beingvetoed by the United Statesin the 15-member UN Security Council earlier this month. The resolution deplores Israelʼs use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinians, particularly in Gaza. Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and the Solomon Islands joined the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution. Germany abstained.
Italy threatens to scupper EUCanada free trade deal
The new government in Rome is walking in the footsteps of Donald Trumpʼs trade protectionism, as it has threatened to torpedo the CETA trade agreement because it doesnʼt protect Italyʼs farmers and their products. Italyʼs new agriculture minister Gian Marco Centinaio said on Thursday that the government wouldnʼt ratify theComprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada— the EUʼs first major free trade deal since 2011. In an interview with Italyʼs daily La Stampa, Centinaio said CETA didnʼt ensure sufficient protection for the countryʼs speciality foods. "We will not ratify the free trade treaty with Canada because it protects only a small part of our PDO [Protected Designation of Origin] and PGI [Protected Geographical Indication] products," Centinaio told the newspaper. "Doubts over this agreement are shared by many of my European colleagues," he added. The treaty did enter in force on a provisional basis in September 2017, doing away with tariffs on a large number of goods and widening access to Canadian beef in Europe and EU cheese and wine in Canada. 2
When it comes to abuse by priests, a crime is a crime There must be consequences and the clergy must be honest, says DWʼs Christoph Strack
A study by the German Bishops Conference on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is a good thing, but not good enough. Not all of the figures are new, but in their entirety, they are harrowing. Four percent of all active clergy in Germany commit or havecommitted sexual abuse. Thousands of teens, many still children, were their victims. That could amount to several thousand individual acts of abuse. Such figures are beyond dismal. Cardinal Marx is the head of the German Bishops Conference, and his resounding silence on theescalation
within the Catholic Church in the United Stateson the same topic foreshadowed the fact that there would be new figures in the study commissioned by the German bishops. Sadly, they wonʼt be the last. Not all files are on the table yet. The study focuses on diocesesʼ archives, so they are looking mainly at diocesan priests. The sector of the orders involved with schools, childrenʼs and youth groups is still outstanding.
German consumers cautious as inflation eats up wage hikes
level. With unemployment at historic lows, only very few people are afraid to lose their jobs any time soon. Cautious spending But while thereʼs little doubt about continued growth, consumers expect to have less money left in their pockets later this yeardespite wage increases in many sectors.
A monthly, forward-looking poll of around 2,000 people by the GfK research group showed Wednesday that confidence among German consumers had dropped slightly for September. The GfKʼs index fell by 0.1 points to 10.5 points after many months of gains. The drop was too small to speak of a trend reversal, GfK researchers said, with consumers "seeing the domestic economy on a solid growth path." The German economy expanded by 0.5 percent in the April-to-June period. Leading economic institutes expect thirdquarter growth to be about the same
Indonesia combines Islam with environmental activism The Indonesian government and Greenpeace have partnered with Islamic organizations to promote plastic waste reduction. Can including religion make environmental campaigns more effective? Indonesiaʼs top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian
US growth revised up on investment and export spurts The US Commerce Department on Wednesday revised its estimate of growth for the period between April and June, saying the economy had expanded at a rate of 4.2 percent in the quarter, compared witha first estimate of 4.1 percent. The expansion rate was the strongest since the third quarter of 2014, when the economy grew by 4.3 percent. It also marked a sharp improvement from a 2.2-percent gain in the January-March period, though some of the strength came from temporary factors, including a surge in US exports before tariffs were to take effect. Read more: EU reaps healthy yield from US-China soybean spat Economists expect though that growth will slow to a still solid 3 percent for the whole year, which would be the best performance since 2005 — two years before the Great Recession began. Trump factor Since the American economy started to recover in 2009, growth has been sluggish, with annual gains averaging just 2.2 percent, making this the weakest recovery in the post-war period.
Ulema Council (MUI), together with Greenpeace and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment are cooperating on an awareness campaign during Ramadan to solve the problem of plastic waste in Indonesia. Together, they have a mission to promote the use of reusable bags to cut plastic bag use in Indonesia. The Indonesian government and clerics from the countryʼs largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah are seeking to influence the consumer behavior of the groupsʼ combined 100 million followers. NU and Muhamadiyah, together with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment, announced the Plastic Waste Reduction Movement in Jakarta on June 6. According to Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, the waste management director at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the amount of plastic garbage in Indonesia is continuing to increase significantly.
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Turkish interest rate rise brings Erdoganomics down to earth Turkeyʼs central bank has shown it has teeth, hiking interest rates beyond expectations to quell inflation and calm investor nerves. But as recession looms and Erdogan growls, Turkey is not quite out of the woods. Turkeyʼs central bankʼs monetary policy committee said on Thursday that its one-week repo rate had been lifted to 24 percent from 17.75 percent, the first rate hike since June. The bank said further tightening will be delivered if needed. Following the news, the Turkish lira rose 5 percent in value against the US dollar, reversing its 42-percent fall this year against the American currency. "This was 300 basis points more than expected so we are very surprised," Win Thin, Global Head of Emerging Markets at
Germany greenlights controversial migrant transfer centers Speeding up asylum proceedings and bringing them all under one roof — simply put, thatʼs the idea behindGermanyʼs migrant transfer centers, also known as "Anker" centers. The name derives from the German words for arrival, decision and repatriation. Up to 1,500 refugees and migrants can be housed in each center. Arrivals, asylum applications and the decisions on those applications — everything is to take place at the centers,including deportations. In each of the seven locations in Bavaria, which officially began operations as "Anker centers" on August 1, every agency involved in the asylum process will be present on site, the state interior minister for Bavaria, Joachim Herrmann, recently told reporters. The pilot phase for the centers will last around six months, after which initial evaluations are planned. Only after these evaluations are complete will the German federal government have to create a legal basis for the centers — and it would be dependent on the countryʼs 16 states to do so.
Brown Brothers Harriman, told DW. "This is the first time in recent memory that Turkey has delivered a hawkish surprise." Read more: Turkish economy facing major challenges The bank had faced a dilemma, and still does. In one direction it could hear the siren call of investors craving higher interest rates to draw a line inthe inflationary sandand stop the liraʼs collapse. In the other direction, with the economy heading into recession, lower rates would help inject growth stimuli.
Young Ghanaians inspired by Kofi Annan
The first United Nations secretary general from sub-Saharan Africa (1997 to 2006), Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2001 and founding member ofThe Elders,died on August 18 at the age of 80. Kofi Atta Annan was born one of twins into a prominent family in Ghanaʼs second-biggest city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region in 1938. His father was governor of Ashanti province under British colonial rule. He attended top schools in Ghana, the US and Switzerland. DW spoke to young people across the West African country who say they feel encouraged by Annanʼs legacy despite the incredi-
ble hardship and obstacles to success that some of them face. "You know our situation - we have financial difficulties and all that - so sometimes, growing up, you depend on your parents a lot, said Daniel Nkansah Ampapeng, a 26-year-old student from the Ashanti Region. "Growing up in Ghana, you cannot survive on what your parents give you." "He is an inspiration to a lot of people. Looking at where he came from and where he landed, that is my inspiration, actually," Afi Antonio, a 28-year-old fashion enthusiast from the Volta Region along the border with Togo, t
German population with immigrant background reaches new peak in 2017 The number of people with foreign roots living in Germanyreached a new peak last year, according to the results of a "micro-census" that was published on Wednesday. According to Destatis, Germanyʼs Federal Office for Statistics, around 19.3 million people living in Germany have immigrant backgrounds. The figure increased 4.4 percent compared to the figures from the 2016 "micro-census."
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The potential for female entrepreneurs is far from exhausted Bärbel Grünberger always knew that she would become an entrepreneur. "I grew up in business. Taking on responsibility has always been part of my life," she says. And yet her career path was not very straightforward. As a young woman she dreamed of a career as a ballerina, became a prop master. Later she trained to become a real estate agent. Ten years ago and with very short notice, she took over her fatherʼs business which supplied teak furniture to wholesalers. Read more: Women entrepreneurs paying their dues "The wholesale business has a very masculine structure. It wasnʼt easy to assert myself," says the Bavarian and laughs when she thinks of her early years as a business women. Now at 37 no one can pull the wool over her eyes anymore. Adventures in e-commerce A few months ago Grünberger ventured into a new entrepreneurial world — e-commerce, or online trading. Since then, she has been working on search term analysis, the ideal product presentation online and her presence on Instagram. She offers decorative iron and glass products under the brand name Varia Living online via platforms such as Amazon. It is her second entrepreneurial foothold next to her wholesale business, and it is here in the digital sector that she sees real potential for growth.
Trump to propose 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods
US President Donald Trump is now considering a 25 percent tariff on up to $200 billion (€171 billion) worth of Chinese imports, according to media reports in the US. Sources close to the internal US deliberations told both Bloomberg and the Washington Post that the Trump administration is consideringwhat would be a significant escalation of the current tariff regime against China, which currently stands at 25 percent on $34 billion worth of primarily industrial goods, in place since early July. In June, Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare fresh tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, with a rate of 10 percent touted. This wave of tariffs would include a wide range of products, from dog food to furniture, bicycles to beauty products. 4
Asiaʼs growing wealth gap is a problem that can no longer be ignored Many leaders at this yearʼs World Economic Forum on ASEAN are deeply concerned about the widening gap between rich and poor. But solutions to the problem are thin on the ground. The growing inequality in the AsiaPacific region is a hot topic at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN being held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from September 11-13. More than 1,000 participants are taking part, among them six heads of government from the region. One big topic on everyoneʼs mind is the widening gap, despite economic growth, between rich and poor. A point politicians can simply no longer ignore. Read more: Is inequality good or bad for the economy? Muhammad Chatib Basri was Indonesiaʼs finance minister in 2013-2014. Today, he is an advisor to the World Bank on development pol-
Deutsche Bank moves some operations to Frankfurt as Brexit risks bite Deutsche Bank has moved a chunk of its euro-clearing activities from London to Frankfurt, according to a report in the Financial Times newspaper. The London-based LCH previously dominated the market forthe lucrative business of clearing eurodenominated interest rate derivatives, but the news that Germanyʼs largest lender has now moved around half of its operations in that field to Frankfurt is the latest sign of the pressureUK financial services operations will come under from EUbased rivals in the wake of Brexit. Deutsche Bank is one of the five largest clearers of interest derivatives and their tilt toward Frankfurt is a boost to the financial services market in Germany, which is in line to take significant business from London, depending on how the Brexit cards ultimately fall.
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South Africaʼs ANC to try to change constitution to allow seizing land
The ruling party in South Africa, African National Congress (ANC), will submit a proposal to amend the countryʼs constitution to helppush through its land reform, the countryʼs president, Cyril Ramaphosa, told the nation on Tuesday. The controversial reform would allow the government to take land from white farmers without paying for it. "It has become patently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation," Ramaphosa said in a televised address. Read more:
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icy and teaches economics at the University of Indonesia. The inequality in his country has him deeply concerned. He sees the root of the problem partly in misguided policy. "We need to make sure the people who are getting the benefit of social spending are really the poor people. In Indonesiaʼs case, we subsidize fuel but it is a fact that the ones who benefit from this subsidy are the middle and upper classes, not the poor. So rather than giving this subsidy, it would be better to give a conditional cash transfer. That kind of change in policy is very important," he told DW during the conference.
Greece exits bailout: Is the Greek economy strong enough?
Greece will exit its stability program on Monday. How has the Greek economy developed since austerity was imposed in 2010? And is Greece prepared to meet the budgetary targets? A data analysis provides answers. Greeceʼs government debt is more than twice the EU28 average; the countryʼs market value as measured by gross domestic product has decreased by a third since the crisis started; and one in five people are unemployed: At first glance, the situation doesnʼt give rise to optimism. Traditionally, the service sector is the strongest contributor to Greeceʼs GDP, followed by industry and agriculture. But Greece urgently needs new sources of income to avoid slipping back into recession after the thirdausterity program endson August 20. Exports are a promising source of income: Despite some tough years, goods exports rose by 35.5 percent from 2010 to 2017, a welcome relief in Athens and Brussels.
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Eurovision Song Contest 2019 to take place in Tel Aviv Tel Aviv was picked over the contested city of Jerusalem
Despite calls for boycotts, Israelʼs cultural center has been chosen to host next yearʼs song contest. Tel Aviv was picked over the contested city of Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as a capital. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that Tel Aviv will host next yearʼs Eurovision Song Contest. The Israeli government had originally aimed to hold the worldʼs largest live music event in Jerusalem. However, after backlash over the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital and asubsequent fear of boycotts, that plan was dropped. Eurovision said it had selected Tel Aviv, Israelʼs cultural and commercial epicenter, over Jerusalem and the southern city of Eilat due to its "creative and com-
pelling bid." "Eurovision is a perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom," Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said Thursday. "We are looking forward to host a joyful and nonstop event in the spirit of Tel Aviv." Israel won this yearʼs Eurovision contestin Lisbon with a punchy pop tune entitled "Toy" by charismatic singer Netta Barzilai. Her victory claimed for Israel the right to host next yearʼs contest.
Bertolt Brechtʼs ʼMack the Knifeʼ set for the silver screen Lars Eidinger as Bertolt Brecht. Tobias Moretti as Macheath. Joachim Krol as Peachum. Hannah Herzsprung as Polly. And Max Raabe singing "Mack the Knife." Joachim Langʼs new film follows Brechtʼs struggles as he attempted to adapt his famous opera satire for the cinema in the early 1930s. At that time, Brecht wrote a proposal for a film version, but due to disagreements between Brecht and producers the film was never realized. Langʼs 2018 version is, to a certain extent, a making-of that traces this first attempt at filming the opera. After the tri-
umphant premiere of The Threepenny Opera in 1928, it didnʼt take long for Brecht and composer Kurt Weill to consider a film version. The story of Macheath, a notorious criminal who runs away with Polly, the daughter of Londonʼs so-called beggar king Peachum, was set for silver screen success. But then Brecht and Weill were forced out of the project. Their dispute with the producers ended up in court, and was eventually resolved with a settlement. The finished film, directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst, premiered in Berlin on February 19, 1931.
Why hurling tomatoes became a symbol for the German womenʼs movement Anyone looking for information on the history of the German womenʼs movement has a new online resource. On Thursday, a state-funded project, the first of its kind in Europe, went online with the Digital German Womenʼs Archive (DDF) along with its Twitter hashtag #frauenmachengeschichte ("women make history"). The coalition agreement signed by the current German government called for the creation of a central archive with the goal of preserving and raising awareness of the history of women in Germany. "Together, we must continue to fight for the equal participation of women," said Franziska Giffey, the minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. She said the DDF shows what German women have fought for over the past decades.
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Events Horizon: what’s happening in Budapest – August 2018
Festivals, cool concerts, cultural events and amazing parties – Budapest is always buzzing. Every month, we bring together all of the important happenings taking place in and around Hungary’s capital, so you can plan ahead. In August, the Sziget Festival, WAMP Design Fair and fantastic fireworks are all among the many exciting events you shouldn’t miss. Whether you would like to shake it to the coolest beats, immerse yourself in culture or give in to guilty pleasures, we present a bunch of events for the upcoming weeks. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer! A38 Concerts WAMP Design Fair Rigoletto Liberty Bridge Picnics Jason Derulo Sziget Festival Festival of Folk Arts CityMatiné Saint Stephen’s Day The Budapest Short International Film Festival A38 Concerts WAMP Design Fair Rigoletto Liberty Bridge Picnics Jason Derulo Sziget Festival Festival of Folk Arts CityMatiné Saint Stephen’s Day The Budapest Short International Film Festival
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Joachim Löw unveils first postWorld Cup squad
Joachim Löw has unveiled a familiarlooking squad for the upcoming international break. However, the national team head coach has given three young players their first international call-ups. Joachim Löwʼs first squad since the World Cup in Russia includes 17 members of the team that was eliminated at the group stage. However, three youngsters, Thilo Kehrer of Paris Saint-Germain, Hoffenheimʼs Nico Schulz and Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen are set to be given their first taste of international football.
Naomi Osaka does not feel sad about Serena Williamsʼ outburst overshadowing US Open win
New US Open champion Naomi Osaka says she does not feel sad about the way her win was overshadowed by Serena Williamsʼ outbursts at the umpire. Osaka, 20, beat Williams 6-2 6-4 in Saturdayʼs final, but the crowd booed as she received the trophy. Williams got a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a "thief" in New York. "At the time I did think they were booing at me," said Japanʼs Osaka. Speaking onThe Ellen DeGeneresʼ Showshe said: "I couldnʼt tell what was going on, it was so loud and a little bit stressful." 6
Aleksandar Kolarovʼs free kick stunner secures Serbia win over Costa Rica A brilliant second half free kick from captain Aleksandar Kolarov led Serbia to a deserved win over Costa Rica. Serbia were wasteful in front of goal but did enough to secure three vital points in Group E. Another World Cup day, another sublime freekick. If Cristiano Ronaldo’s ice-cold effort tosnatch a point against arch-rivals Spain on day two was the current goal of the tournament front-runner, the Portuguese may have just met his match. Aleksandar Kolarov, take a bow. A combination of poor finishing and sublime goalkeeping had kept the scores level until Serbia’s no.11 produced his moment of magic. Kolarov’s powerful left foot is no secret, but few inside the stadium would have expected such a thunderous strike when the Roma defender stood over a free kick midway through the second half. His shot was unstoppable; a side-footed missile which screamed into the top corner of the Costa Rica net. Kaylor Navas, who kept his team in the game with several crucial saves either side of half time, was nowhere near it.
Ferrariʼs Sebastian Vettel says he is his own ʼbiggest enemyʼ Singapore Grand Prix 2018:
Ferrariʼs Sebastian Vettel says he is his own "biggest enemy" in his title fight with Lewis Hamilton this year. Vettel, who is 30 points behind the Mercedes driver heading into this weekendʼs Singapore Grand Prix, has made a number of errors this season.He said: "The biggest enemy is me. If we have something to play with, we have all the chances to do it in our way." Hamilton added that he believed maintaining his advantage over the German was "going to be very tough". Leclerc expects title challenge with Ferrari in 2019Listen to the first corner madness from the 2017 Singapore Grand PrixBrilliant Hamilton dragging Mercedes towards titleWho will win in the Singapore Sauna? Vettel was asked whether he could now not afford to lose any more points, following
high-profile errors in the Azerbaijan, French, German and Italian Grands Prix that cost him more than 60 points in total. "It is pretty straightforward," he replied. "He is ahead at the moment so he is the one to beat. But we have all the chances and how much they could be better by now is a different question. "We still have a very, very good chance and we will be our first enemy, not him as a person and them as a team, we need to look after ourselves and if we do that we have a good chance to win races and things look good." Vettel said his "worst" error had been when he crashed out of the lead in a late-race rain shower in Germany, which Hamilton went on to win.
Serena Williams: Jamie Murray says men do not get preferential treatment Britainʼs Jamie Murray has rejected claims of men being treated more leniently than women by umpires. Serena Williams was docked a game by Portuguese official Carlos Ramos for verbal abuse during herUS Open final defeatagainst Naomi Osaka last week. The American claimed it was "sexist" and her view was endorsed byformer champion Billie-Jean King,who said there was a "double standard". Murray said it was "a bit farfetched" to say men are treated differently. ʼI donʼt feel sadʼ - Osaka on Williamsʼ outbursts Williams was
seeking to equal Margaret Courtʼs record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and was facing 20-year-old Osaka at Flushing Meadows in her first major final. The 36-year-old had already had a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching when she was penalised further for calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in New York. Speaking on the eve ofGreat Britainʼs Davis Cup match with Uzbekistanin Glasgow, US Open mixed doubles champion Murray told BBC Sport: "I think the umpire did what was within his rights.