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Several injured after police van rams into anti-US protest in Philippines Protests in front of the US embassy in Manila have turned violent after a police van was seen ramming into protesters. The demonstrators were holding an anti-US rally in the Philippine capital. Television footage aired on Wednesday showed a police van driving backwards and forwards into the protesters after they surrounded it and started hitting the van with wooden batons they had seized from the police. Police also fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the more than a thousand protestors who had gathered in front of the US embassy in the Philippine capital, Manila. The violence happened as the protesters gathered to demand an end to the presence of US troops in the country and to support a call by President Rodrigo Duterte for a foreign policy not dependent on the US, the countryʼs longtime treaty ally.
Frankfurt Book Fair goes to bat for freedom "Literature has always managed to overcome dictators," wrote jailed Turkish author Asli Erdogan. Her words marked the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which focuses not just on publishing deals, but also human rights. At the opening of this yearʼs Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday, Heinrich Riethmüller, director of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, read aloud a letter written by Turkish author Asli Erdogan. She had attended the fair in 2008, when Turkey was the guest country, but is currently in prison in Turkey. In her country, good conscious is degenerating with an "unbelievable brutality," she wrote, and people are blindly trying to "kill the truth." She added, "Even though I donʼt know how, literature has always managed to overcome dictators."
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Prague seeks to calm China over Dalai Lama visit The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in Prague on Monday
The Czech president has tried to limit damage to his countryʼs efforts to coax Chinese investment, after the Dalai Lama met with officials. Czech President Milos Zeman, the prime minister and two parliamentary speakerssought to reassure China, after the exilted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama met with politicians in Prague. In a joint statement on Tuesday, the group said the Czech Republic "respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of China, adding that: "we consider the relationships between our countries and their remarkable development in recent years most beneficial for both parties. "The private activities of some Czech politicians do not signal a change in the Czech Republicʼs official policy and we would consider it unfortunate if someone perceived them as such," said the leaders.The Dalai Lama arrived in Prague on Monday to attend the pro-democracy Forum 2000 conference, co-founded in 1996 by the late Czech president Vaclav Havel, who had close personal links with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The 80-year old met politicians
from the small centrist Christian and Democratic Union party, the junior partner in the leftist-led coalition government: Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek, Culture Minister Daniel Herman and the deputy speakers of both houses of parliament. Before coming to Prague, the Dalai Lama met Slovak President Andrej Kiska in Bratislava, a visit that also angered Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Prague with a business delegation in March and subsequently Chinaʼs CEFC - one of the countryʼs top 10 private firms - recently spent around a billion euros on stakes in a Czech airline, a brewery, two media groups and a top football team. Beijing maintains that the Dalai Lama supports separatism and violence in Tibet, a region China has ruled since 1951. The Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, but is still deeply revered by many Tibetans in China and beyond.
Thousands evacuated as Super Typhoon Haima bears down on the Philippines Thousands of residents have been evacuated from remote provinces of the Philippines as the country braces itself for wild weather. The storm could reach an intensity similar to 2013ʼs devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Millions of people in the Philippines are on high alert after being ordered to brace for a highly destructive typhoon that is expected to make landfall at around 11 p.m. Wednesday night local time (1500 UTC). Super Typhoon Haima could be one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit the disaster-stricken country. It is forecast to impact remote communities in the far north which were hit by another deadly storm only days agothat left two people dead and at least three more missing. Weather authorities are warning that Haima could bring gusts of up to 315 kilometers per hour (190 miles per hour) and storm surges of up to five meters (16 feet).
US accuses IS of using human shields as Mosul offensive continues The US has said so-called ʼIslamic Stateʼ (IS) fighters are using human shields and could use chemical weapons as the Mosul offensive continues. Mosul represents the last stand of IS in Iraq. Fighters with the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) group have been trapping Mosulʼs civilian population to use as human shields, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said IS had for weeks prevented Mosulʼs estimated population of 1.5 million from escaping.
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Countdown for ʼcoup courtsʼ has started in Turkey
Some 70,000 people have been investigated and more than 31,000 arrested following the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15. There is now talk of establishing so-called special "coup courts." All of Turkey was in a state of shock after the attempted coup of July 15, 2016. Since then, almost three months have passed. The question now is how the accused should be brought to trial, given the very large number of people who have been linked to the coup and investigated or arrested as a result. Both Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag have commented on the setting up of so-called "coup courts." Lawyers, however, are of the opinion that many questions still need to be answered regarding universally applicable standards in the dispensation of justice. In early September, it became known that the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) wanted to establish so-called "coup courts" in Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul for trials related to the events of July 15. The press reported that the HSYK had prepared an enabling regulation to this effect.
Calais migrants to be dispersed across France French President Francois Hollande has said 9,000 places are to be created around the country for migrants living in Calais. In a TV interview, he said the ʼJungleʼ camp would be dismantled. Hollande told the French news channel "i-Tele" on Saturday that the thousands of migrants currently living in the huge shanty town at Calais in northern France would be dispersed across the country. He said French authorities were making available around 9,000 places at "reception and orientation centers" in other parts of the country. The migrants are to be split into groups of 40 to 50 people for a limited period of three to four months, Hollande said. Those who fit the asylum criteria are to be allowed to stay in France, while those who do not will be deported, the president said. Hollande, who visited one of Franceʼs 164 migrant reception centers in the central city of Tours, said conditions in the Calais camp were "extremely difficult," especially for those who fled war to get there. Hollande saidthe goal was to fully dismantle the Calais camp, which has been nicknamed the "Jungle," and which was partially demolished earlier in the year. The French leader is due to visit the coastal town on the English Channel - La Manche on Monday. 2
Hungaryʼs migration policy protects ʼEuropean freedom,ʼ says Orban Hungaryʼs Viktor Orban and Bavariaʼs Horst Seehofer have met three times this year
Speaking to Bavariaʼs state legislature, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has likened Hungaryʼs border closure to opening its borders with Austria in 1989, allowing hundreds of East Germans to flee to the West. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday defended his anti-migrant stance, claiming itʼs his nationʼs "duty" to protect cherished values in Europe. "I promise you that Hungary will ... always be on the side of European freedom," Orban told the state legislature in Germanyʼs Bavaria. "In 1989, we acted for the freedom of Europe and now weʼre protecting this freedom," the Hungarian premier added, referring to Budapestʼs decision to open its border with Austria, allowing hundreds of Germans living under communist rule to flee to the West. In the summer of 2015, Hungary closed its borders to asylum seekers fleeing conflict in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, leaving tens of thousands stranded during their
Montenegrin admits smuggling arms to Paris ahead of November attacks A Montenegrin man caught in Germany with arms in his car has admitted being a gun runner, but denied knowing of any attack plans. His arrest occurred shortly before deadly Islamist attacks in the French capital. The Montenegrin man, named by prosecutors only as Vlatko V. in line with Germanyʼs privacy laws, went on trial in the southern city of Munich on Friday charged with intending to smuggle weapons to Paris for use in a serious but unspecified act of violence. At the opening of the proceedings, the 51-year-old man admitted
journey towards wealthier EU nations. Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer, known as a vocal critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkelʼs open-door policy towards refugees, invited Orban to give a speech to the Bavarian parliament for the 60-year anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising against the Soviet Union. Opposition parties, including the Social Democrats and Left Party, criticized Seehoferʼs Christian Social Union (CSU) for providing Orban with a platform at the state legislature. Seehofer and Orban have met on three separate occasions over the past year. Nearly 900,000 migrants crossed Germanyʼs borders in 2015, many of them Syrians fleeing war in their homeland. acting as a gun runner, but said he had no knowledge of the intended use of the weapons he was transporting. The accused wasstopped on November 5by police on the motorway between Salzburg and Munich while traveling in a car containing an arsenal of weapons including eight Kalashnikov assault rifles, pistols, hand grenades, explosives and detonators. The destination of Paris had been entered in the navigation system in the car.
US expat voting app launched in Berlin The international charity organization Avaaz has unveiled a tool to help Americans based outside the US to register to vote. The idea is that most will vote against Donald Trump in US
Euskirchen boy allegedly nearly beaten to death by classmates A 12-year-old sustained life-threatening injures after allegedly suffering a brutal attack at the hands of three classmates in Euskirchen, west of Bonn. The suspects may be too young to face any legal consequences. Police in the western town of Euskirchen said on Saturday that they had found three suspects in the case of a 12 year-old boy who was nearly beaten to death. The trio in question were classmates of the victim, authorities said. On Thursday, a schoolteacher in Euskirchen called the emergency services after the pupil complained of being in severe pain and appeared dazed. After being brought to a local clinic in an ambulance, the boy had to be airlifted to a larger hospital in nearby Cologne. German media reported that a local prosecutor had declined to say just how badly the boy was hurt, but that as of Friday his condition was still life-threatening. The attorney also said he could not comment on a possible motive for the attack. The police have already opened a murder investigation into the incident, but their hands may be tied. The three suspects are, like the victim, 12 years old - two years too young to be held accountable by Germanyʼs juvenile criminal justice system.
presidential election. People waving tiny American flags turned out at the Brandenburg Gate, a short distance from where the Berlin Wall once stood, to watch demonstrators demolish a wall made of white cardboard boxes with a rubber hammer. Others held up signs reading "Tear down Trumpʼs Wall" and "Stop Trump: Register to Vote Here." Although the crowd numbered only around a hundred, a handful of TV news film crews recorded the proceedings, and on the margins people were busy with tablets trying out a new app that helps overseas Americans register for this Novemberʼs US presidential elections. Historically, only a small fraction Americans living abroad vote. Organizers at the charity organization that developed the app hope that they can increase the percentage this time around and perhaps sway the outcome of the election.
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Will Duterteʼs China gamble pay off? Since he became Philippine president, Duterte has adopted a conciliatory tone towards China and attempted to recalibrate Manilaʼs strained ties with the Asian giant. He is now in Beijing to give a fillip to his efforts. The Philippinesʼ brash and unconventional leader is on a four-day state visit to China, where he will be holding talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, PM Li Keqiang and a host of other high-ranking officials. The choice of China as the destination for Duterteʼs first presidential trip outside the Southeast Asian region reflects the presidentʼs efforts to forge closer relations with Beijing. Since taking office at the end of June this year, Duterte has appeared to realign the Philippinesʼ longstanding strategic partnership with its former
Indian fans shocked at ex-Bond star Brosnanʼs ad for unhealthy ʼmouth freshenerʼ Twitter users poked fun at Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan after he starred in an ad for a brand of the traditional "pan masala" mouth freshener. Such products are leading causes of oral cancer in India. ndians reacted with shock and surprise after the former James Bond star appeared in a commercial endorsing the product made by the company Pan Bahar. "Pan Bahar" is a kind of pan masala - a combination of betel leaf, areca nuts, sandalwood oil and cardamom seeds - and is a traditional treat popular among many Indians, who chew it as a digestive after meals. But pan masala often contains tobacco, and even without this additive, the presence of areca nuts makes it one of the leading causes of oral cancer in the subcontinent. The flavors also make the mixture attractive for young children and teenagers, who get addicted to the product early in life. Users on Twitter have criticized the company for using a popular star to promote addictive products.
colonial power and mutual defense ally, the United States. As part of these moves, he has declared that the annual joint drills between the two countriesʼ militaries would not take place from next year. Duterte has also expressed a desire to "break up" his nationʼs reliance on Washington and move closer to China and Russia, which includes buying weapons from these two countries. Furthermore, the outspoken Philippine leader has lashed out at US President Barack Obama, calling him a "son of a whore" and telling him he can "go to hell."
Ecuador admits cutting off Assangeʼs internet after Clinton leaks
Ecuador has confirmed it cut WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange off from the internet. The whistleblower has spent the past four years holed up at in Ecuadorʼs London embassy to avoid sexual assault charges in Sweden. Ecuadorʼs government acknowledged restricting Julian Assangeʼs internet access after WikiLeaks published campaign documents from US Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "The government of Ecuador respects the principle of nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states," the Foreign Ministry announced in a statement Tuesday. Assange was cut off during anembarrassing run for Clintonʼs campaig-
nas she attempts to close the door to the White House on the Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Several tranches of emails to and from Clinton adviser John Podesta reveal concerns about the candidateʼs coziness with Wall Street banks, her support for an environmentally hazardous method of natural gas extraction known as fracking and comfort with the notion of covert actions by the US military - provided that it stay secret. Had the emails been released months ago, there could have been a very different result in the former secretary of stateʼs runagainst Vermont Senator Bernie Sandersfor one of theUSʼs two major-party presidential nominations.
Triple bombings strike security checkpoint in Iraq Three bombings on a police checkpoint near Tikrit, Iraq, have killed at least eight people. Dozens of others were also injured. Three suicide bombings on a police checkpoint in Tikrit, Iraq, on Saturday have killed eight police officers, with some media outlets placing the death toll as high as 12. As many as 23 people were also wounded in the attacks. Tikrit is about 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad. Iraqi forces retook the city from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) in April 2015. No group has claimed responsibility for Saturdayʼs bombings.
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Gains in US jobs, but hiring slows US employers have added over 150,000 jobs over the past four weeks. Analysts viewed the latest jobs statistics as a sign that the worldʼs largest economy was in good health. What will the Fed make of it? Employers in the US added 156,000 jobs in September, a decent gain reflecting a healthy economy. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent, but mostly for a positive reason. More Americans came off the sidelines and looked for work, though not all found employment. Job growth has averaged 178,000 a month so far this year, down from last yearʼs pace of 229,000. Analysts said the latest hiring figures could keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise the short-term interest rate it controls in December. After seven years of pinning that rate at a record low near zero in a bid to fuel borrowing and spending, the Fed raised its rate slightly last December, but has not acted since. Central bank governors will meet again in November just before the presidential election, with analysts expecting the Fed to hold off until the campaign ends. Governors have received mixed signals in recent weeks. Consumer spending in the US hit its lowest level in five months in August, and factories kept struggling as businesses put off investments in new machinery, computers and other equipment.
EU nationals in Germany facing welfare curbs EU citizens who move to Germany without employment are to be denied social welfare for five years, according to the Funke media group. The news chain says draft law curbing entitlements goes to cabinet next week. Germanyʼs communal authorities which foot hefty bills for social welfare were pushing for quick passage of the legislation, the media concern reported Friday. Last year, Germanyʼs federal social court based in Kassel confirmed that EU citizens could seek subsistence entitlements after a stay of six months. Latest federal labor agency figures show that 440,000 nationals from the EUʼs 27 other nations living in Germany drew welfare. Instead of being jobless, many were low wage earners who received top-ups. Heading the list dating from January were 92,000 Polish nationals, followed by Italians (71,000), Bulgarians (70,000), Romanians (57,000) and Greeks (46,000). 4
Deutsche Bank may pull back on US operations as part of settlement Reports in German media have suggested Deutsche Bank may scale back its US operations as part of a multibillion-dollar settlement over a probe into its residential mortgage-backed securities. Newspaper "Die Welt am Sonntag" reported over the weekend that Deutsche Bank may be forced to reduce its US activities as part of a deal with the US Department of Justice. Germanyʼs biggest bank said last month that the US Justice Department had requested $14 billion (12.76 billion euros) to settle a probe tied to residential mortgagebacked securities. The bank was reported to have put aside 5.5 billion euros ($6 billion) for litigation at the end of June. "Die Welt" said that radical changes to the business model were
RWE renewables spinoff Innogy volatile in market debut
Flash crash hits pound after Hollande remarks
Innogy shares hovered around their issue price fixed by its parent RWE, nevertheless making the green energy listing Germanyʼs biggest this year and the third-largest ever. Looking for yield in a low-interest-rate environment, investors lapped up the 139 million new shares issued by Innogy in its initial public offering on Friday, causing the stock to move easily beyond its issue price of 36 euros ($40.41) per share. Innogy shares started at 37.30 euros, briefly dipped as low as 35.95 before rebounding to 36.46 euros in early trade to finally close at issue price. RWE chief executive Peter Terium described the listing as "clear evidence for our unique, future-oriented business model." Demand for Innogy was particularly strong in the run-up to the IPO as investors have set their sights on the companyʼs healthy share of regulated businesses that will give them safe profits for several years to come. Order books for the IPO were twice oversubscribed. Among those able to secure a big chunk of the stock was BlackRock, which had committed to buy 940 million euros worth of Innogy shares, making the US asset manager the second largest shareholder with 4.7 percent.
Sterling plunged to a 31-year low in Asia on Friday, after calls by French President Francois Hollande for tough Brexit talks triggered a wave of selling, leaving the currency vulnerable to further falls. In currency trading in Asia on Friday, computer-generated selling caused the British pound to dive about 10 percent, sending it from levels around $1.2600 down to $1.1378 within a matter of seconds. Sterling then quickly rebounded to around $1.2500, and after some volatility, it was last fetching $1.2432 - still down by about 1.5 percent. The sell-off in the beleaguered currency came in the wake of remarks by French President Francois Holland on Thursday suggesting he wanted to adopt a tough line with Britain during exit talks with the EU. "There must be a threat, there must be a risk, there must be a price, otherwise we will be in negotiations that will not end well and, inevitably, will have economic and human consequences," he said, adding that he believed Britain had voted for a "hard Brexit."
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typical requirements in settlement arrangements with the US government, reporting Deutsche Bank "must clarify one or two things" before an agreement could be made. Under US regulatory requirements, a certain amount of capital would have to be dedicated to funding the bankʼs US business. Reducing the size of the business would be one way to reduce the capital needs, if the settlement with the Department of Justice should exceed the amount the bank has put aside for legal disputes.
Romanian lawmakers OK Swiss frank loan conversion
Romanian lawmakers have unanimously backed a bill to convert Swiss franc loans into local currency at historical rates. The nationʼs central bank was not amused by the vote, saying it would cost the country dearly. Romaniaʼs lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to help holders of mortgages taken out in Swiss francs by converting the loans into local currency at the rate at which they were borrowed. In the mid-2000s, thousands of Romanians took out low interest rate loans denominated in Swiss francs. Butwhen the Swiss currency increased in value, people found it increasingly hard to repay those loans. Lawmakers approved the conversion bill in a 248-0 vote as political forces positioned for a parliamentary election on December 11. Romaniaʼs central bank had opposed the bill all along, saying it would cost local lenders about 2.4 billion lei ($600 million, 545 million euros). It said that out of a total of about 75,000 loans, there had been about 57,000 conversion and restructuring requests already filed by borrowers across the EU member country.
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ʼReports of my death are greatly exaggeratedʼ Great Barrier Reef:
Itʼs not dead yet! The Great Barrier Reef has been hit hard by coral bleaching - that much is true. But a recent viral article proclaiming the reef dead is not quite accurate. "The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old," reads the first line of a controversialobituary published last week by Outside Magazine, an American publication focused on outdoor recreation. The obituary has since been shared more than a million times - and has sparked a lively discussion on social media. Angry counter-articles quickly followed, pointing out that the reef is, in fact, still quite alive. The Huffington Post wrote: "Dead and dying are two very different
things," and warned that "overstatements about the state of our planet (…) can cause people to lose hope." Professor Hugh Possingham, a conservation scientist at the University of Queensland, agrees. In an interview with DW, he called the obituary premature. But he added that the Great Barrier Reef is well on its way to being destroyed. "The Great Barrier Reef is not like a human being, where when your heart stops and your brain ceases to function you can be proclaimed dead. It is much more complicated than that," he said.
Pangolins and Barbary macaques get better protection The once-obscure pangolin has become the most trafficked mammal in the world. Now, the CITES CoP17 has banned the trade of all eight existing species. Most people had never even heard of pangolins, the scaly mammals that roam the wilderness of Africa and Asia looking for their favorite prey: ants and termites. But then the reclusive animals were awarded a superlative that nobody wants: pangolins are considered the most trafficked mammals in the world. Suddenly, the critters got the kind of attention usually reserved for elephants, rhinos and tigers. Now, parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have taken action. At the World Wildlife Conference, currently underway in Johannesburg, South Africa, member states have agreed to ban trade in all eight existing pangolin species. "This decision will help give pangolins a fighting chance," Sue Lieberman, vice president of international policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society said in an interview. Itʼs a chance the animals desperately need.
World Press Photo 2016 at Museum of Ethnography
Swamp thing: Saving Rwandaʼs marsh lands Mosquitoes, crocodiles, stagnant water: Swamps donʼt sound like pleasant places. But they are important ecosystems that feed rivers and lakes, and are home to a host of species - as some in Rwanda are discovering. Project size: The 7,000-hectare Rugezi marsh in Gicumbi District in Northern Rwanda Project goals: Forest and landscape restoration, including sustainable agroforestry; raising awareness among local communities; working with Mulindi tea factory to promote energy efficiency measures Biodiversity: Rare species like the grey crowned crane Rwanda - land of
the thousand hills - is promoting hydroelectricity as a means to supply its population with energy. The Rugezi marsh is one of the areaʼs most important ecosystems, and supplies water to its surroundings, including to Ruhondo and Burera lakes. These two lakes play host to some of the countryʼs most important hydropower stations, but suffer from periodic low water and siltation due to severe erosion. The International Union for Conservation of Nature is restoring degraded landscapes in various ways, including through agroforestry. Newly planted trees can feed cows, provide wood for fuel and help fight erosion.
World Press Photo, the most prestigious traveling photo exhibit of the world, is coming to Budapest on September 23rd, and will be on view through a month at the Museum of Ethnography.
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25. CAFe Budapest The CAFe Budapest Contemorary Arts Festival features the best performers of Hungarian and international contemporary art such as Yann Tiersen, Hiromi, Plaid and Southbank Gamelan Players, Squarepusher, Shobaleader One, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yellowjackets, FAMILIE FÖLZ, and Krisztiány Gergye’s band between October 7-23. Over the past 25 years the festival became a prominent contemporary cultural festival in Central Europe. During 17 days more than 100 contemporary musical, dance, opera, theater, world music, jazz, and design-related programs fill the essential institutes and squares of Budapest, at 30 venues. This year’s central topics are the Polish culture and Béla Bartók’s heritage, furthermore, various programs pay tribute to the heroes of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The main guests of the festival are such stars as Krzysztof Pendereckzi, Yann Tiersen, the wonderful Japanese jazz pianist, Hiromi, the legendary Yellowjackets, Koop Oscar Orchestra, the prominent band of electornic music, Schobelader One, the Polish Cloud Theatre, and Teatro Potlach. Performances directed especially for the festival enrich the repertoire: Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and The Miraculous Mandarin.
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Winning the only option for Bayern Munich and Gladbach
Bayern Munich hope to end a rare three-match winless drought when they host Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven. Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach hope to register their first points of their European campaign in Glasgow. Bayern had their winning momentum halted when Atletico Madrid handed them their first defeat of the season last time out in Europeʼs premier club competition. The defending Bundesliga champions are aiming to get the ball rolling again when they host PSV at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. Since their 1-0 defeat to Atletico, one that leaves them second in their group, Bayern also dropped points against Cologne and Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Club chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge was quite clear that Bayern only have themselves to blame for their dip in form.
Rosberg pips Hamilton for pole position in Japan Formula One GP
The German has clocked the fastest lap in Saturdayʼs qualifying round, beating his Mercedes teammate by just over one-hundredth of a second. The German leads the World Championship by 23 points with five races to go. Nico Rosberg will start from pole position at Sundayʼs Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. The German pipped his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, by just over one-hundredth of a second to clock the fastest lap time during Saturdayʼs qualifying round. Hamilton will start alongside Rosberg in second position, while Kimi Raikkonen locked down third place in his Ferrari. 6
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.
Nico Hülkenberg to join Renault for 2017 season Nico Hülkenberg is to join the Renault Formula One team for next season
The announcement came just hours after the news broke that he would leave Force India at the end of the current campaign. Renault Sport issued a statement on Friday in which it confirmed that the 29-year-old Hülkenberg would join its team for the 2017 season. "He (Hülkenberg) is a highly talented, dedicated and motivated driver. Nico will enable us to harness all the hard work completed this season and translate it to improved results on track in 2017 and beyond. We look forward to seeing him in our new car for 2017," Jerome Stoll, the chairman of Renault Sport Racing said in
the statement. "It has always been my dream to work for a manufacturer team. F1ʼs new regulations will change the game and give our team a good opportunity," Hülkenberg said. "In the years to come, Renault will play a challenger role, which fits my approach to racing 100%. I canʼt wait to become part of the family." The confirmation came a few hours afterForce India announced that the German driver would leave the teamat the end of the 2016 season.
Shoulder Injury forces Serena Williams out of WTA Finals Serena Williams has withdrawn from the WTA Finals for the second straight year as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury. The WTA announced Monday that Williams, currently No. 2 in the WTA world rankings, will not take part in the WTA Finals in Singapore that starts on October 23. Williams, 35, explained her decision in a video posted on their twitter feed. Williams participated in only eight tournaments in 2016 and won two of them, including Wimbledon. Shoulder troubles hampered her
in the Olympics and the US Open, losing to 10th seed Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal at the Flushing Meadows. The Americanʼs 186-week reign as the World No. 1 came to an end as Angelique Kerber eclipsed her followingthe Germanʼs US Open victory. The withdrawal opens the door for Johanna Konta, Carla Suarez Navarro and Svetlana Kuznetsova to snag the eighth spot in the tournament. Either Navarro or Kuznetsova must win the title in Moscow at the VTB Kremlin Cup to edge out Konta for the final qualifying spot.