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DAILY NEWS IN ENGLISH

Pakistan: Asia Bibi released from jail Local media says she could be on the way out of the country

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam was reversed last week, has been released from jail in Pakistan.

German chimp Robby to stay in circus after lengthy legal battle

France recovers seven bodies from collapsed Marseille buildings

A German court on Thursday ruled that a 47-year-old circus chimpanzee called Robby should spend the rest of his days among people,rather than with other apes. Zoo-born Robby has lived with circus owner Klaus Köhler and his family since the age of three, and the question of whether he would be better off at an ape rehabilitation facility has been the subject of a lengthy legal battle. The decision in the Higher Administrative Court in Lüneburg means he will stay put.

Marseille Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin said on Thursday that seven bodies had been recovered fromtwo collapsed buildingsnear the Mediterranean cityʼs Old Port area. Authorities believe one person may still be trapped under the rubble. The chances of finding survivors "are thin, very thin, but real," said Charles-Henri Garie, who leads the water brigades of the Marseille fire department. Gaudin is under pressure to resign afterthe buildings collapsed on Monday. "Some people are taking advantage of this in opposition to societyʼs interests," Gaudin said.

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who wasacquitted by the Supreme Court last week, has been released from jail, local media reported on Wednesday. It has also been speculated that Bibiʼs family had been advised to prepare for an international flight. It is still unclear whether she is still in Pakistan or has left the country. According to some media reports, she was likely already on the way out of the country. But Mohammad Faisal, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office, told local media on Thursday morning there was "no truth in reports of her [Bibi] leaving the country." But Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, has confirmed that Bibi was released from prison, saying he is looking forward to meeting her in Europe. "#AsiaBibi has left the prison and has been transferred to a safe place!," he wrote on Twitter. "I look forward [to] meeting her and her family in the European Parliament as soon as possible." Bibiʼs was one of the most high-profile blasphemy cases in Pakistan, with international rights groups and Western governments demanding a fair trial in her case. In 2015, Bibiʼs daughter met with Pope Francis, who offered prayers for her mother at the Vatican. Blasphemy is a sensitive topic in Pakistan, where 97 percent of its 180 million inhabitants are Muslims. Rights activists have demanded reforms of the controversial blasphemy laws, which were introduced by the Islamic military dictator General Zia-ulHaq in the 1980s. Activists say the laws have little to do with blasphemy and are

often used to settle petty disputes and personal vendettas. Bibi was arrested in June 2009, after her neighbors complained she had made derogatory remarks about Islamʼs Prophet Muhammad. A year later, Bibi was sentenced to death despite strong opposition from national and international human rights groups. After a hearing on October 8 of this year, Pakistanʼs Supreme Court reversed two lower court verdicts against Bibi in what was her final appeal against the 2010 death sentence. In 2014, when the death sentence had been upheld by the Lahore High Court, rights group Amnesty International called the verdict a "grave injustice." Despite her acquittal by the Supreme Court, Bibi remained in prison due to Islamist protests. Her husband, Ashiq Masih, hadappealed to US President Donald Trump for asylum, along with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Following the Supreme Court verdict of Bibiʼs acquittal, the ultraviolent Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) partytook to the streets and reduced Pakistan to a standstill for three daysbefore striking a deal with the government. Authorities agreed not to oppose a review petition filed in the Supreme Court to reverse the verdict against Bibi andplace her name in an Exit Control List. "I trust the justice system of Pakistan, I am glad she has been released as per the decision of the court. She deserves to live a safe life. It is sad that her basic right to justice took nine years of her life," .

US sanctions on Iran raise concern in Turkey

German carmakers to fund diesel retrofits

The Trump administration announced sanctions against Iran earlier this week, with a strong focus on hitting the countryʼs oil and petrochemical sectors especially hard. So far, however, Turkey and seven other nations have been spared the US presidentʼs wrath as they were allowed to continue importing Iranian oil. But the six-month exemption from the ban granted to Turkey seems only cold comfort for the countryʼs companies and businesses, which have enjoyed booming trade with Tehran in recent years. They fear a massive slump in their business with the neighboring Mullah regime.

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer met with managers from automobile manufacturers Daimler, Volkswagen (VW) and BMW in Berlin on Thursday. The meeting was held to discuss government plans for manufacturers to pay for retrofitting hardware for older diesel vehicles. Scheuer announced that Daimler and Volkswagen were prepared to pay up to €3,000 ($3,429) per vehicle. BMW has refused to take part in the program.


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Pakistan: Imran Khan promises change amid rigging complaints In his"victory speech" on Thursday, Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan promised wide-ranging reforms to build a "new Pakistan." He touched upon a number of pressing issues, including better governance, security affairs and ties with global powers and neighboring countries. Khan spoke from the heart during the speech. He promised to end rampant corruption, nepotism, and pledged that economic benefits would trickle down to the masses under his government. Khan spoke from the heart during the speech. He promised to end rampant corruption, nepotism, and pledged that economic benefits would trickle down to the masses under his government.

Ceasefire on Israel-Gaza border largely holds as UN warns sides are on ʼbrink of warʼ

A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held along the Israel-Gaza border on Sunday, a day after the most intense exchange of fire between Israel and the Palestinian group since the 2014 Gaza war. Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes in the densely populated Gaza Strip on Saturday on what it said were Hamas military, training and supply targets, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired nearly 200 rockets and mortars at Israel. Read more: Israel and Gazaʼs militant groups agree to ceasefire The Israeli airstrikes wounded more than 20 people and killed two teenage boys, Palestinian health officials said, while a Hamas rocket injured four Israelis. Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, and Islamic Jihad announced the Egyptian and UNbrokered ceasefire late Saturday. The Israeli military said its response would depend on the situation on the ground. After the ceasefire announcement, four mortars were fired into Israel early Sunday. In response, Israeli planes destroy at least one launch site. Israel also carried out three airstrikes later in the day on what it said were Hamas squads launching incendiary balloons and kites across the border. 2

Norwegian submarinehunting frigate rammed by Maltese oil tanker The frigate was later pushed aground to keep it from sinking

Iraq braces for more unrest as Basra protests gather pace An estimated 200 protesters gathered on Monday morning at the main gate leading to three of Iraqʼs major oil fields in the southern oil-exporting city of Basra. Protests in Basra, Iraqʼs second-largest city, started last Tuesdaywhen security forces opened fire, killing one person and wounding five. They soon spread to other provinces. Read more: Iraq hangs 13 ʼISʼ prisoners as PM Haidar al-Abadi calls for ʼjust retributionʼ The oil hub of Basra and other parts of the Shiʼite south have long been neglected, first by Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein and then by Shiʼite-led governments. But an ongoing political crisis and the recent rhetoric of Grand Ayatollah alSistani, the top Shiʼite cleric in the country have also clearly aggravated the situation.

The navy vessel was returning to port after participating in NATO exercises when it was hit by a tanker transporting crude oil to Britain. The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was rammed by the Maltese oil tanker Sola TS off the western coast ofNorway early Thursday morning. The collision tore a large hole in the hull of the vessel, which began taking on water and had to be pushed into shallow coastal waters by tugboats to keep it from sinking. Some 10,000 liters (2,642 gallons) of shipʼs fuel and helicopter fuel is reported to have leaked into the sea.

Trade tensions hit Chinese growth Chinese growth slowed slightly in the second quarter as the worldʼs number two economy faced a snowballing trade fight with the United States, after Washington and Beijing slapped new tariffs on $34 billion (€29 billion) of each othersʼ goods earlier this month, with threats of further tariffs on goodsworth an additional $200 billion. Despite this escalation, the Chinese economy expanded by 6.7 percent in the second quarter from a year ago. This is down from 6.8 percent in the first quarter, according to official figures released on Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics. Nonetheless, the growth was still higher than the gov-

The Helge Ingstadʼs 137-man crew was evacuated. Eight crewmembers sustained minor injuries in the incident. The cause of the accident is unclear. The 134-meter-long (440 foot) frigate was returning to its home port of Haakonsvern, southwest of Bergen, when the incident occurred. It had recently taken part in NATOʼs large-scale Trident Juncturemilitary exercises, where it was engaged in submarine hunting maneuvers. ernmentʼs annual target of around 6.5 percent. China faced an "extremely complex environment both at home and abroad," said Mao Shengyong, a spokesperson for the national statistics bureau, noting that growth nonetheless remained strong.

UK reveals fighter jet ʼTempestʼ for post-Brexit era Williamson said the "world-beating" jet can be used unmanned, as a drone, or with pilots. It is scheduled to be operational by 2035. The UK is to invest 2 billion pounds ($2.7 billion, €2.3 billion) to 2025 in the stealth warplane, which will involve British companies BAE Systems and Rolls-

Royce as well as Anglo-Italian Leonardo and pan-European MBDA. Aiming to ensure UK leadership in defense Williamson said the program was designed to ensure Britainʼs continued leadership in fighter technology and control of airspace in future conflicts. Last year,France and Germany signed an agreementto develop Europeʼs next-generation fighter jet to replace the aging Rafale and Eurofighter jet by 2040, involving Europeʼs Airbus and Franceʼs Dassault Aviation. Following the 2016 Brexit referendum, Airbus moved to partner with Dassault at the expense of Britainʼs BAE Systems. There are concerns in Britain that its defense industry may be shut out from EU plans for next-generation fighter jets, although, officially, both projects have invited other companies to join.


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Atelier Palmetta - The new hub of Hungarian comtemporary fashion in Buda Atelier Palmetta Concept Room Address: 1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla Street 30. palmettadesign@gmai.com Open: Monday Friday 11 - 19. Phone: +36 70 610 7330. www.palmettadesign.hu, instagram.com/alelier_palmetta

The Palmetta Design Gallery was established by the artist couple, István and Anna Regős in 1998 in the the center of the baroque town of Szentendre, Hungary. Their aim was to create a place,a hidden gem, where visitors and customers can get an insight to the hungarian and international, classical and contem-

porary design! Thanks to its frequent location and the well-selected range of design goods, the Palmetta Design Gallery has became a popular destination among foreign and local design fans. In 2013 they opened their second store in Budapest, the Palmetta Design & Textile Art Gallery close to Hotel Gellert

and Spa, at 30 Bartók Béla street. The gallery was expanded with the work of leading Hungarian fashion designers. Come and visit us! (address see above, just across Liberty Bridge on Buda side, 1000 metres from Gellert Spa direction Móricz Zsigmond körtér). Looking for your visit!

Air guitarists compete for world title (and world peace) in Finland The elite among the international air guitar scene donʼt just gather each year in the Finnish city of Oulu to shake their long hair and jump around on stage, but also to strive for loftier humanitarian goals. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar World Championships, as stated on the official website, "wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the air guitar." Contestants from six countries are gearing up for the final of the air guitar world championships on Friday, organizers said. Contestants are judged on their ability to pretend to strum rock or heavy metal electric guitar solos — minus the instrument.

A new exhibition celebrates 100 years of Budapest’s Gellért Hotel A recreated Baroque-style guest room, photos of the building taken during World War II and Communist-era posters reflect the history of Budapest’s most legendary hotel, the Gellért. A new exhibition at the Museum of Commerce & Catering celebrates the centenary of this institution which opened on 24 September 1918. Attached to the hotel is Budapest’s Art Nouveau Gellért Baths, whose outdoor wave pool, also illustrated at the museum, was the first of its kind in the world. Tucked away in the cobblestoned district of Óbuda, the former residence of Hungarian writer Gyula Krúdy is now home to a charming museum. Here, permanent displays include old-fashioned shop interiors illustrating the history of commerce and catering. This same building also hosts relevant seasonal exhibitions, such as the recently opened Gellért 100 to commemorate the centenary of the Gellért Hotel, a splendid Art Nouveau landmark towering above the Buda riverfront. Opened during the turmoil of World War I, during its long history, the Gellért has accommodated the likes of former US president Richard Nixon and the Dalai Lama. They both enjoyed the hotel’s fine facilities that are now brought to life through historic objects and images currently on show at the museum.

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Hungarian company wins exclusive rights to AC/DC brand Visit us: Tipton Budapest, 1056 Budapest, Irányi u. 20 More information: www.tipton.hu

Dark, intense shades meet casual feminine style: Högl Collection A/W 2018/2019 The Högl autumn/winter 2018/19 collection confidently showcases the new on-trend colours dark plum, violet, rust brown and different shades of grey. The new season’s styles are impressively strong, but still feminine. They come in a range of new colours and materials, in slim, elegant styles with block heels and profiled soles – guaranteed to turn heads. Nightwalker Mysterious and as dark as the night, the styles in this part of the collection won’t fail to impress. The focus is on new interpretations of classics: boots and ankle boots with stylish details such as laces, eyelets and buckles. The colour palette ranges from black to dark grey to the new addition of dark plum. Swarovski® crystal detailing emphasises the feminine look and adds a hint of opulence. Winter styles are enhanced by a Gore-Tex® membrane, and are available in both casual suede and metallic leather. Sense Maker

Delicate greys bring a ray of light in the winter darkness, complemented by clean, simple lines. The urban focus of the collection uses a palette of flattering dark grey, stone, nude and mauve tones. Trendy block heels and new queenie heels feature strongly. From sneakers to heels (in round, V-neck and high-fronted cuts) to bootees and overknee boots, the high-quality leather and soft neutral colours of these new designs complement next season’s relaxed, feminine look perfectly. Experiencer The third theme of the collection is expressed in earthy tones, from espresso to rust brown and camel. Sneakers, bootees and heels in burnt colours and retro-chic style invite to experiment with all sorts of different combinations. The multi-tone effect of the new materials used for ankle boots – such as crushed Naplak – adds a surprising twist to their look. Singer Adrien Szekeres is now 3rd year brand ambas‐ sador of Högl Shoes in Hungary!

A local eyewear manufacturer is the exlcusive producer of eyewear for hard rock gods AC/DC. Vinylize, created by local designer Zachary Tipton, recycles vinyl records into uber-premium glasses and sunglasses. Now their new collection is made out of one of the most successful albums ever: Back in Black. Be prepared to pay premium

for their products which are all handmade in their downtown workshop. Prices start at 90,000 HUF(300 euros). A visit will grant you access to their production facilites where you can even have your purchase customized.

Hungary’s Recirquel to stage

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Budapest premiere of hit Edinburgh show “My Land” The show runs at Müpa Budapest every day from 16 to 19 October and on 21 October. From tonight, Budapest audiences can expect gravity-defying acts performed in their purest form, through physical feats of the body. Presented on the stage of the prestigious Müpa Palace of Arts are stunts by globally renowned company Recirquel, whose new ballet-like production “My Land” was top-rated by critics at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We talk to Recirquel founder and choreographer Bence Vági, who has taken acrobatics to new heights. Performers in skin-tight unitards rise up from a dirt-covered set to share personal stories, their bodies contorted and biceps straining. What unfolds in front of the viewers appear as illusionary images combining light, shadow and reflection – nature’s elements. Tradition, freedom and love all form part of My Land, a real physical feat enacted by a team of Ukrainian artists to traditional Tatar and Moldavian music. 4

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Stars who are chess nerds Carlsen vs Caruana World Chess Championship:

As chess world champion Magnus Carlsen defends his title against Fabiano Caruana in London, here are a few celebrities, from Bob Dylan to Marlene Dietrich, who could join them in a game. It was a surprise that the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature went toBob Dylan, because heʼs seen more as a musician than a writer. But the man has even more talents — including at the chess board. In Hollywood in the 1930s to 1950s, chess was a common pastime among actors. The game was played by Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in the classic film"Casablanca,"but it was also enjoyed behind the scenes. The actors would relax their bodies during their long breaks, while other scenes were be-

ing shot, by exercising their brains. James Dean, Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich were all known as chess buffs — though the list could go on forever. American chess expert Herman Steiner founded the Steiner Chess Club in Los Angeles, which welcomed many stars and was later renamed as the Hollywood Chess Group. Bogart was considered the most ambitious player, and his wife Lauren Bacall was also a regular in the club.

Arts Twee in Vienna: Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf curate art exhibition "The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures from the Kunsthistorisches Museum" is a unique title for an exhibition. Then again, this is no ordinary show. Opening on November 6, 2018, the palatial Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna — which houses one of the worldʼs foremost fine arts collections — features 400 items chosen from its 14 collections of more than 4 million objects. Dating back as early as ancient Egypt and spanning more than 5,000 years, the items were hand-picked by American director Wes Anderson and his partner, the author and illustrator Juman Malouf. Renowned for producing unusual movies with complex plots, Anderson has gained cult status for cultivating a highly stylized aesthetic — one which fans will nearly instantly recognize. Although Anderson himself has said his films are the product of collaborative efforts with the others on each project — "You cannot end up with the same thing if you change those names and keep mine" — there is a common thread tying Andersonʼs movies together: the look.

World Press Photo exhibition open in Budapest

Typically German? A cartoonistʼs perspective Razor-sharp and funny to boot: Thatʼs the cartoonistʼs mission. But could those adjectives describes Germans as well? Artist Miguel Fernandez pokes fun at the stereotypes and personality traits attributed to the Germans. How can you tell if someone is a German? Is German-ness even recognizable to oneself? To others? Can you tell a person is German by their certain need to be overly precise or crazymaking need for structure or their hotblooded passion (for cars)? And is it really true what they say about German punctuality? In search of answers to these clichés and traditions is cartoon-

ist Miguel Fernandez, who has taken them on one at a time in cartoons drawn especially for DW social media channels. "Do you understand German?" and "Thatʼs so German..." will be shared every Tuesday starting on November 6, 2018. Taking a magnifying glass to German traditions, manners and preferences, the cartoonist has worked hard to make his drawing understandable for an international audience. "At the very latest, when you see the title of the series, you should know that itʼs about Germans and their peculiarities and so it should be clear what the meaning behind the cartoon is," says Fernandez.

A heartwarming hug, exploited sex workers and all of the chaos and calamity caused by an increasing terrorist attacks and conflict. The annual World Press Photo travelling exhibition once again portrays milestones from the past year through the best works of photojournalism. The exhibition is on view until October 23rd at the Hungarian National Museum. If you just visit one show in Budapest this autumn, it should be this one.

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Hungary’s Recirquel to stage Budapest premiere of hit Edinburgh show “My Land” THE SHOW RUNS AT MÜPA BUDAPEST EVERY DAY FROM 16 TO 19 OCTOBER AND ON 21 OCTOBER. From tonight, Budapest audiences can expect gravity-defying acts performed in their purest form, through physical feats of the body. Presented on the stage of the prestigious Müpa Palace of Arts are stunts by globally renowned company Recirquel, whose new balletlike production “My Land” was top-rated by critics at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We talk to Recirquel founder and choreographer Bence Vági, who has taken acrobatics to new heights. Performers in skin-tight unitards rise up from a dirt-covered set to share personal stories, their bodies contorted and biceps straining. What unfolds in front of the viewers appear as illusionary images combining light, shadow and reflection – nature’s elements. Tradition, freedom and love all form part of My Land, a real physical feat enacted by a team of Ukrainian artists to traditional Tatar and Moldavian music.

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Senegal to become Africaʼs first Olympic host

Senegalʼs President Macky Sall was in Buenos Aires to see IOC members confirm the executive boardʼs preference for his country over the other three candidates. The youth games will be held in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly. Sall said the government-backed project will build a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the event which will held in May or June, at the end of the dry season, to "greatly reduce the prevalence of tropical diseases," IOC vice president Ugur Erdener told the membership.

Manchester United: Jose Mourinhoʼs players have to stand up - Wayne Rooney

London Broncos have long-term ambition to win Super League title Promoted London Broncos must have the ambition to win Super League in the future, says head coach Danny Ward. The Broncos will be back in the top flight in 2019 afterbeating Toronto Wolfpack 4-2 in the Million Pound Gameon Sunday. "We need to make it work, have a five-year plan of where we want to be," Ward told BBC Radio London. "Next year is going to be tough but we want a long-term vision to make London the best club in the country." He added: "We donʼt just want to compete in Super League, but win it. We are not there just to survive." Ward, who took charge following the departure of Andrew Henderson at the end of last season, described their victory over the Wolfpack in Canada as "one of the proudest moments" of his career. "What a performance, what a day and what an achievement - I am still on a massive high," he said on their return to England. "To lead the club into the Million Pound Game and win promotion is one of my biggest ever achievements."

Bayern Munich chief expects European Super League The Bayern boss said he was happy to not oversee its creation

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the prospect of the Super League that featured only the top clubs in Europe would likely hurt domestic leagues. Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thinks that a European Super League is bound to become a reality in the future. The Bavarian chairman made the remark in an interview this week with German football magazine 11 Freunde. "I suspect that this league will come one day. But donʼt ask me when," Rummenigge said. But in taking part in its creation, the Bayern CEO said no thanks."I am glad that the formation no longer falls under my responsibility as (former) head of the ECA (European Clubs Association)," he em-

phasized. The European Super League idea is centered on narrowing the current Champions League to only the top 16 teams. The proposal has only been discussed, but so far there are no concrete plans to implement it. But the proposal has sparked a debate over the future of European football. In particular, declining viewership of the current Champions League has driven some to support the move. At the same time, the Super Leagueʼs main victims would be smaller teams and domestic federations.

Brooks Koepka: US golfer named PGA Tour player of the year Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is an "easy target" and the players "have to do better", says former Old Trafford striker Wayne Rooney. Mourinho has come under pressure after United made their worst start to a league campaign for 29 years. "The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season," ex-England forward Rooney said. "I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up." 6

Brooks Koepka has been named as the PGA Tour player of the year for 2018. The American this year won the US PGA Championship and became the first golfer since 1989 to clinch backto-back US Open titles. Koepka, 28, won the award ahead of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Open champion Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas. PGA Tour members who have played in at least 15 FedEx Cup events in the 2017-18

season were eligible to vote. Rumours of an argument between Koepka and world number one Johnson at the Ryder Cup, which were denied at the time, have since been confirmed by US captain Jim Furyk. "Whatever altercation started, or what happened, it was very brief," Furyk said. "Theyʼre like brothers. Brothers may argue, brothers get into it. But theyʼre as close as theyʼve ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them."

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