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WHO urges exercise and nonsmoking in first advice on dementia In the report issued on Tuesday, the UNʼs World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of people with dementia is expected to triple over the next 30 years. He highlighted the condition as a global health priority. While age is the strongest known factor for decline, it is not an inevitable consequence of aging, the report found. "We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia," Ghebreyesus said. "The scientific evidence gathered for these Guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain."

US jury orders Bayer to pay $2 billion in Roundup cancer case A California jury has ordered Monsanto to pay $2 billion (€1.78 billion) to a couple who claimed the agribusiness giantʼs Roundup weed killer caused their cancer. Mondayʼs verdict is the third consecutive one in a California court against Monsanto, which was bought last year by German chemical company Bayer. Two previous jury rulingsawarded $80 million to a manand $289 million to a former groundskeeper, though a judge later reduced the latter ruling to $89 million. The state court jury in Oakland found that Alva and Alberta Pilliodʼs use of the weed killer for over 30 years at their home and other properties caused them to contract non-Hodgkinʼs lymphoma. Lawyers for the couple called the $2.05 billion in punitive and compensatory damages a "historic" ruling. Legal experts said a judge would likely significantly lower the payout.

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US, Russia seek better ties after years of diplomatic crises Senior officials have called for an overhaul of US-Russia ties

Senior officials have called for an overhaul of US-Russia ties, saying a more "constructive model" is necessary. Experts say attempts to normalize the often tense relationship will prove difficult, if itʼs even possible. Even before he was elected, US President Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, describing him as a "strong leader" and someone "Iʼd get along great with." Throughout his presidency, Trump has attempted to foster a deeper relationship with Putin despitea series of diplomatic crises between Washington and Moscow. Earlier this month, Trump described in a tweet the "tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia," adding: "The world can be a better and safer place." But Trump appeared to ignore the strategic divide between the two countries, a point that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday after meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. "We have differences — each country will protect its own interests and look after its own people — but itʼs not that we have to be adversaries on every issue," Pompeo said before meeting with Putin. "I believe itʼs time to start building a new, more

responsible and constructive model of mutual perception of each other," Lavrov added. Despite Trumpʼsamicable posturing towards Putin, the US presidentʼs years in office have not been characterized by a drastic improvement in relations. In fact, Lavrov at one point described the period as "worse" than during the Cold War. For Theresa Fallon, director and founder of the Brusselsbased Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies, there is a disparity between Trumpʼs rhetoric and government action. "Early on in the Trump presidency, there was this perception that things would improve. We heard about champagne corks going off in Moscow. Everyone thought it was going to be this great relationship," Fallon told DW. "But the reality is very different." Last year, the Defense Department singled outRussia and China as the largest threats to US interestsin its "national defense strategy," outpacing terrorism for the first time since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Violent earthquake hits Papua New Guinea A powerful earthquake has struck an island chain off Papua New Guineaʼs north coast. A tsunami warning was briefly issued but later lifted. The extent of any damage was expected to become clear after sunrise. A shallow, violent offshore quake hitPapua New Guineaʼsremote New Britain island late on Tuesday. The 7.5 magnitude quake initially triggered a tsunami warning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned that unusually large waves could reach Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, however it later said the tsunami threat had passed. The quake hit around 50 kilometers (30 miles) off the islandʼs north coast at a depth of around 10 km just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday (1300 UTC), the United States Geological Survey said. Papua New Guineaʼs Disaster Management Office said villagers on islands closer to the epicenter and on the west coast of neighboring New Ireland island reported the ocean receding, but no damaging waves or casualties.

Houthi rebels attack Saudi oil pipeline A Saudi minister says that a crude oil pipeline in Riyadh province has been attacked by Yemeni drones. The attack follows Saudi claims of sabotage attempts on two of its oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates. Two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia were the target of "terrorism and sabotage" on Tuesday, according to the countryʼs minister of energy.

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French retailer Decathlon cancels plan to sell sports hijab French sporting goods chain Decathlon has canceled plans to sell a runnerʼs hijab in France following a public outcry and opposition from some politicians who called for a boycott. Decathlon official Xavier Rivoire told the RTL broadcaster on Tuesday that the Muslim headscarf designed for runners would not be sold at its stores in France for the time being. Read more: Muslim fashion for women: Modesty meets trendy style Decathlon had initially said it would sell the sports hijab to meet "a requirement of certain runners, and we are therefore responding to this sporting requirement." Several French politicians criticized Decathlon for its plans to sell the product in France, including Health Minister Agnes Buzyn. Such a product is "not forbidden by law," she said on RTL, but "it is a vision of women that I do not share. I would have preferred that a French brand not promote the veil."

Anti-Semitic and xenophobic crimes rose in 2018 Germany:

Facebook, Instagram ban British far-right figure Tommy Robinson

Politically motivated crime in Germany has decreased for the second straight year, according to the German Interior Ministry. But it logged more hate crimes, including anti-Semitic and xenophobic crimes.

Facebook has taken harsh measures against British far-right personality Tommy Robinson, banning him from its platforms and closing his Facebook page and Instagram profile. Robinson is said to have violated Facebookʼs "community standards" by promoting "organized hate" and other prohibited behavior. Specifically, the company noted in a statement that Robinsonʼs pages had repeatedly broken its standards by "posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims." "This is not a decision we take lightly, but individuals and organizations that attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram," the social media giant said. Antifascist and anti-racist organization Hope Not Hate welcomed the decision, referring to Robinson as "a farright thug who uses his platform to bully, abuse and stir up division." "This is not a decision we take lightly, but individuals and organizations that attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram," the social media giant said. Anti-fascist and anti-racist organization Hope Not Hate welcomed the decision, referring to Robinson as "a farright thug who uses his platform to bully, abuse and stir up division."

The number of anti-Semitic and xenoophobia-related crimes rose in Germany last year, although there was an overall drop in politically motivated crime, according to statistics released by the German Interior Ministry on Tuesday. The ministryʼs report on politically motivated crime showed that anti-Semitic incidents rose from 1,504 in 2017 to 1,799 last year, an increase of 19.6%. Similarly, anti-foreigner


Berlin AG wants to get rid of fines for fare evaders

Authorities in Berlin view fare dodging as a criminal offense punishable by a €60 ($68.6) fine. Local police filed 12,000 complaints over the issue in 2017 and more than 300 people are imprisoned every year for not being able or willing to pay the fines. The left-leaning mayorand other top officials have recently called for less drastic regulations, with some proposing to downgrade fare dodging to a mere administrative offense. Now, the Berlin attorney general wants to go a step further and "completely abolish" the crime of fare dodging. "We shouldnʼt waste resources for criminal

crimes increased by 19.7% last year, from 6,434 incidents in 2017 to 7,701 in 2018. Roughly nine out of 10 of all anti-Semitic and antiforeigner related crimes were committed by right-wing perpetrators. The main offenses included hate speech, anti-Semitic graffiti and displaying banned signs such as the swastika. Hate crimes overall saw a slight increase of 2.5% to 8,113 from 7,913. offenses where criminality is highly questionable," Attorney General Margarete Koppers told Berliner Morgen‐ post. Koppers is one of the most senior judiciary officials in Berlin, a 3.6million-strong city which is also considered one of Germanyʼs 16 federal states. Talking to the local daily, Koppers said downgrading the offense would pose "no relief for the judiciary."

Belgium vows to amplify EU voice on UN Security Council Belgiumʼs foreign minister says his country will use its temporary UN Security Council seat to make the EU

Friend of Berlin truck attacker in France during Nice attack According to a German criminal police document seen by the dpa news agency, Bilal Ben Ammar met with Anis Amri the night before he killed 12 people in a truck attack at Berlinʼs Breitscheidplatz on December 19, 2016. Read more: ʼTerrorist accompliceʼ in Anis Amri Berlin attack deported, according to report Media outlets ARD, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and the Berliner Mor‐ genpostreported that Ammar may have also been in Nice around the time of the July 14, 2016 truck ramming attack that killed 86 people. RBB presented a screenshot obtained from German police documents that showed Ammar had a boarding pass on his phone for a flight from Berlin to Nice dated July 6, 2016 — eight days before the Nice attack. The name on the boarding pass was an alias. Ammar applied for asylum in Germany under different names and separately claimed to be from Morocco, Egypt and Libya. Investigators found the boarding pass on Ammarʼs confiscated phone after he had already been deported to Tunisia, Amriʼs home country. Other photos on the phone showed Ammar in Paris with friends in the days before and after the Nice attack.

more influential on the global stage. Belgium and Germany are to scheduled to take up their seats on January 1. Belgium will use its two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council to bolster the European Unionʼs influence within the global body, Belgiumʼs foreign minister has said. Didier Reynders told Germanyʼs Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung news outlet that Belgium aims to help harmonize each EU member stateʼs diplomacy so that they "send the same message with different voices." Belgium will take up its temporary seat on the Security Council,the UNʼs highest decision-making body, along with Germany on January 1. "We have an important role to play in supporting multilateralism," Reynders said. "There is no better place for it than in the United Nations Security Council."

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Donald Trumpʼs lonely dream of Viktor Orban-like power During his visit to the White House, Hungaryʼs prime minister received a lot of compliments. But the US presidentʼs positive opinion of Orban is not shared by his administration, comments Keno Verseck. No other EU head of government has courted US President Donald Trump like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. During Trumpʼs election campaign, Orban openly sided with the US billionaire. And he was one of the first EU heads of government to congratulate him, almost euphorically, on his election in November 2016. Since then he has repeatedly highlighted his similarities with Trump, be it on the issue of migration, or the fact that both are fighting the establishment and "political correctness." In fact, hardly any Eu-

Merkel kicks off West Africa tour pledging support in fight against terrorism German Chancellor Angela Merkel started her tour of West Africa on Wednesday, a trip that will see her visit Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger for key talks over the next three days. The bulk of Merkelʼs visit will focus on security andsupporting counter-terrorism efforts in the restive Sahel region. "In the last few years, this region has become the main focus of Germanyʼs Africa policy," Merkelʼs spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a video prior to departure. "The number of terror attacks, the number of Islamist terror attacks, is increasing," he added. Burkina Fasoʼs President Roch Marc Christian Kabore will greet the chancellor when she arrives in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Wednesday evening. She will then attend a regional meeting with the leaders of the so-called G5 Sahel countries — which include Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad.

ropean politician is as close to Trump as Orban. Still, Hungaryʼs prime minister had to wait two and a half years for a bilateral meeting with the US president. On Monday that day had arrived and Trump received Orban at the White Housefor just over an hour. The timing of the meeting was almost a humiliation. With the exception of Bulgaria, Trump has already received or visited all other eastern European EU member heads of state or government. Hungaryʼs prime minister had to settle for last place.

Finally! A way to return flavor to bland tomatoes

When one starts typing the phrase "Tomatoes taste like…", in Google, the six most common autocomplete suggestions are "blood," "dirt," "fish," "pumpkin," "chlorine" and "wet dog." If you, too, have ever lamented tasting wet dog (or, uh, blood) as youʼve bitten into a store-bought tomato-andcheese sandwich for lunch, you may be in luck. On Monday, scientists introduced a rare version of a gene that promises to make store-bought toma-

toes taste more edible in areport published in Nature Genetics. Tomato breeders usually sacrifice the flavor of their batches for the sake of production, opting to insteadbreed larger fruits in higher quantitieswith longer shelf lives. A team of researchers (perhaps after hearing such "wet dog" and "dirt" complaints) gathered genetic information from 725 wild tomatoes and constructed a "pangenome," or a genome with information from all 725 tomatoes.

ECJ: EU employers must track working time in detail The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that EU member states must require employers to set up a system that tracks time worked each day by each employee to ensure labor laws are complied with. "Member States must require employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured," the court saidin its ruling. The court said the implementation of such systems, and particularly what form they must take, is up to the member states.


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Older German diesels face reckoning German government ministers met at Chancellor Angela Merkelʼs offices on Friday to discuss the vexatious diesel question. After years of wrangling, a solution is dearly sought, but what are the realistic options? Is Germanyʼs seemingly never-ending diesel debate edging towards its endgame? On Friday, German government ministers for transport, finance, the economy and the environment met at the offices of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to try and reach an agreement on the thorny subject of how to reduce pollution from diesel cars as quickly as possible. Read more: New analysis reveals deadly scale of diesel emissions Last weekend, German government figures and car manufacturers were in talks over potential hardware retrofits for older diesels, but no deal was reached. With diesel bans allowed in Germany since rulings earlier this year, the debate has entered a decisive phase.Hamburg began a partial ban in May, while Stuttgart,Frankfurtand Düsseldorf are among the other cities expected to follow. Car manufacturers are vehemently opposed to such bans, as they have added to uncertainty over dieselʼs future and hit sales. The debate in the Chancellery once more centered on a few key questions around whether older diesels should be banned outright, retrofitted with new hardware or gradually phased out through incentivized buyback schemes. On top of that is the fundamental issue of who pays to make things better.

Sri Lanka seeks investment, but China questions linger You donʼt need to be an expert on international trade routes to look at a map and understandthat Sri Lankaʼs location is one of potentially serious economic advantage. The island nation — population 22 million — sits at the southern tip of India, almost as close to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa as it is to South East Asia. The value of this location has not been lost on its northern neighbor China.Under Xi Jinpingʼs so-called ʼBelt and Road Initiative,ʼ the Chinese government has pumped billions into Sri Lanka in the form of both foreign investment and loans in recent years. This reliance on Chinese money is part of a longstanding Sri Lankan problem. With a major trade deficit, as well as crippling levels of debt, the country needs foreign money. China has rushed to fill the gap more enthusiastically than anyone else. The current Sri Lankan government came to power in 2015, when it replaced former President Mahinda Rajapaksaʼs administration. 4

Vodafone announces mammoth losses British mobile telecoms organization has released figures that include huge losses, largely due to a merger with Indiaʼs Idea Cellular. Vodafoneʼs rivals in Italy and Spain were also cited as reasons for the losses. Vodafone on Tuesday announced losses of €7.6 billion ($8.5 billion), causing the British mobile operator to slash its shareholder dividend in an effort to reduce debt. The telecoms giant announced the losses in the 2018/19 financial year were in relation to the sale of Indian assets due to the merger with Idea Cellular. "The loss for the financial year... was primarily due to a loss on disposal of Vodafone India and impairments." The venture with Idea Cellular in August 2018 enabled it to becomeIndiaʼs

Can the European Union control Chinaʼs connectivity in Europe? Last week, the EU announced a proposal for a "new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia." As European countries and industry expand infrastructure and network connections with Asia, and China in particular, the EU is seeking to level the playing field and ensure that joint projects develop with Brussels setting the standard. DW spoke with Mathieu Duchâtel, senior policy fellow and deputy director of the Asia and China Program at the European Council on Foreign Relations, about the EUʼs strategy on connecting Europe and Asia. Mathieu Duchâtel: This proposal is the EUʼs response mainly to Chinaʼs Belt and Road initiative, with the aim of making European values on connectivity clear. I think itʼs the result of a feeling in the EU that it wasnʼt in the driverʼs seat on the connectivity discussion in Eurasia. This, of course, includes infrastructure because thereʼs no connectivity without infrastructure.

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Knorr-Bremse set to become German IPO of the year Knorr-Bremse said on Friday that strong investor demand for its 35 million shares to be publicly listed on October 12 could value the stake at up to €4.21 billion ($4.77 billion). The German braking and technology group now hopes to sell its newly-floated shares at a price of between €72 and €87. Earnings from the 30-percent stake in the company could make the flotation the biggest in Germany this year, overtaking that of Siemens Healthineers — the worldʼs largest maker of medical imaging equipment — which sold for €4.2 billion. The companyʼs chief executive Klaus Deller, said Knorr-Bremse would welcome new investors as it was heading toward further growth. "We have received very positive feedback from investors and other stakeholders...confirming our strong belief that this IPO is the next logical step for us," he said in a statement.

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largest mobile telecoms organization. Despite the financial turmoil, chief executive Nick Read was keen to stress there was no need to panic. "We are executing our strategy at pace and have achieved our guidance for the year, with good growth in most markets." Vodafoneʼs rivals in Italy and Spain were also cited as reasons for the losses. "These challenges weighed on our service revenue growth during the year, and together with high spectrum auction costs have reduced our financial headroom."

Honda confirms UK car factory closure in 2021

Thousands of workers at the Japanese car manufacturerʼs plant in Swindon are set to lose their jobs. Hondaʼs president previously said the move had nothing to do with the United Kingdomʼs exit from the EU. Honda confirmed on Monday that it would close its Swindon car factory in 2021, with some 3,500 workers expected to lose their jobs. "It is with a heavy heart that today we confirm the closure of Hondaʼs factory in Swindon," said Hondaʼs UK chief, Jason Smith. The company first announced its intention to close the plant in February. The Japanese car manufacturer said the move was part of its plans to electrify its fleet, which will involve focusing production in areas of the world where there is a higher demand for electric vehicles. In February, Honda President Takahiro Hachigo said the Swindon closure was "not related" to the UKʼs planned exit from the European Union.

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Measles hot spot pediatricianʼs office? How can you still protect your child?

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The more parents don’t vaccinate their kids, the higher the health risk for those who are too young to be immunized. When Jessica was visiting the pediatrician with her nine-month-old daughter, they were suddenly asked to leave the general waiting room and hurried into another room. The reason: A child with ameasles infectionhad come to the practice. "We were not allowed to leave the room until everything was well ventilated and disinfected," Jessica said. That experience impressed on the young mother: "The feeling of knowing an infected child is close and my child still has no protection, thatʼs terrible. After the visit I searched my daugh-

ter for signs of measles every day, for fear she could have been infected." Fortunately that didnʼt happen. Today the little girl is 18 months old, has been vaccinated for a long time and is old enough for kindergarten — but Jessica wants to wait, because she will soon have her second child. Until the new baby is vaccinated, she doesnʼt want to take any risks. "The baby could get infected anywhere, I am aware of that. But the risk that wecome into contact with measles in kindergartenis simply too great for me".

Spring festivals shake things up in Újbuda

German museum returns stolen colonial era artifacts As "Kaptein," Hendrik Witbooi was one of the most important leaders of the Nama tribes in Namibia during the German colonial period and revolted against German power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He accepted the Christian faith by way of missionary influence in the then "South West Africa." Witbooiʼs personal bible, together with a cattle whip, have been given back to the Namibian nation at arestitution ceremony on Thursday, held in the resistance heroʼs hometown of Gibeon. The objects were probably captured in 1893 during an

attack by German colonial troops. In 1902, they were donated to the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, which actively participated in their return as part of its provenance research. However, there were conflicts in the negotiations over the return as to whether the bible should not be handed over directly to the legitimate descendants. Namibian President Hage Geingob has promised to give the bible to the family at a later date. In an interview with DW, Sandra Ferracuti, Africa consultant at the Linden Museum, explained what makes this return so important.

Life in District XI, Újbuda, has been busy recently: new places have opened, festivals staged and literary brunches now await hungry bookworms. In May, Budapest100, B32 Gallery and the Association of Young Writers will be catering to aficionados of culture. Then in June, the popular minifestival series Gárdonyi Picnics is taking place for another year.


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tary about the deep-rooted stigma attached to menstruation in the village of Hapur in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. For generations, women here did not have access to sanitary pads, leading to health issues and girls dropping out from schools. Directed by award-winning IranianAmerican filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by The Pad Project, an organization established by a group of students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton. The movie has been produced by 34-yearold Guneet Monga (pictured above), who was born in Delhi and heads the production company, Sikhya Entertainment. She has been involved in several critically acclaimed Indian movies, including Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur and Masaan, which won the International Jury of Film Critics Prize at Cannes in 2015. Monga is brimming with ambition and confidence after her Oscar victory and hopes the movie will help change mindsets and hard-wired attitudes, especially among males, towards menstruation.


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Over the course of a fortnight, all railway tracks will be repaired and platforms reconcreted. Overhead cables, the security system, energy network and lights will all be revamped. A new LED information board will be installed in the main hall while the old buffets and pavilions no longer in operation will be demolished. Benches and pictogram signs will be replaced with new ones. Damaged walls will be restored and green areas by the entrances will be planted with flowers. The renovation works will employ more than 100 people. Thanks to this renewal, trains will no longer be limited to lower speed limits, timetables will improve and there will be significantly fewer technical malfunctions causing delays. Hungarianonly details are available at


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EU: Neymar right in trademark battle

The EU upholds a ruling in favor of the Paris St Germain forward. A businessman had registered Neymarʼs name as a trademark, claiming he didnʼt know the Brazilian was set for stardom. Judges found this "inconceivable." The European Union has supported Neymarʼs demand for a declaration of invalidity against a trademark registration trying to exploit his international appeal. At the end of 2012, Carlos Moreira, from Portugal, filed an application with the EUʼs Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to register the word sign ʼNEYMARʼ as a trademark. It was subsequently approved in April 2013. This meant Moreira was free to use the name emblazoned across products such as t-shirts, hats and sports shoes.

Formula One reaches 1,000 races

Toni Söderholm takes charge of German national ice hockey team Weeks after Marco Sturm left to pursue an opportunity in the NHL, the German ice hockey team have a new coach. Finnish coach Toni Söderholm has signed a contract that will take him through the 2022 Winter Games. The German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) confirmed on Thursday what had been widely rumored for days;Toni Söderholm is the national teamʼs new head coach. "The decision was an easy one for us," DEB President Franz Reindl told a press conference in Munich. "He knows the system, he is predestined for international ice hockey. I am proud and am 100 percent certain that it will work out well with Toni." For his part, said he was "very happy" to have accepted the post. "The No. 1 job is to make the national team better and better. Söderholm, a former defenseman, is a relatively inexperienced coach, having only retired as a player in 2016 following a season at Red Bull Munich. Before turning professional, Söderholm spent four years playing US college hockey with the University of Massachusetts. As a pro he spent the bulk of his career at the club of his youth, Helsinki IFK, but also had spells in the top leagues in Sweden and Switzerland – where he learned to speak German.

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki withdraw with injury Italian Open:

Twenty three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury. The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said she would be "concentrating on rehab" now. "I look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome," she added. Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki also pulled out in Italy. Wozniacki, 28, withdrew from her first-round

match against American Danielle Collins because of a leg injury, having lost the first set 7-6 (7-5). It is the second straight tournament at which the Dane has been forced to retire early on. She trailed 3-0 against Alize Cornet in the opening round of the Madrid Open earlier this month before pulling out with a back injury.

Dirk Nowitzki: Going out with a double-double

The Formula One circuit kicked off on May 13,1950 at Silverstone in England. Italyʼs Giuseppe "Nino" Farina (pictured here) won the first-ever F1 race and would go on to win two more of the total of seven races to win the first driversʼ title. 6

After 21 seasons in the worldʼs top basketball league, Dirk Nowitzki has left the court for the last time. He did so with a strong performance in the same city in which he first burst onto the global stage. Chen Ying is begging for attention. The Chinese woman is standing with her boyfriend Xu Wei right behind one of the baskets at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Itʼs the basket thatDirk Nowitzkiand his Dallas Mavericks teammates are shooting at during the warmup. Ying is far too polite to scream. Instead, she holds a banner above her head, which reads in Ger-

man: "Lieber Dirk: vielen Dank, dass Sie von 13 bis 30 Jahre bei mir geblieben sind. Liebe aus China" (Dear Dirk: thank you for staying with me from 13 to 30 years. Love from China). Below that is a short request that Nowitzki had already ruled out fulfilling for her or any of his other fans: "One more year." Itʼs been almost 24 hours since Nowitzki announced at his last home game that he was calling time on his playing career. Ying and Wei were also in the American Airlines Center in Dallas one night earlier. They flew to Texas for Nowitzkiʼs very last NBA game.

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