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Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer urges new era in German politics Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the woman many consider the natural successor to Angela Merkel both in leadership style and political agenda, has set out why she should be the next head of Germanyʼs embattled conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Wednesdayʼs press conference in Berlin was a home game for the CDU general secretary, who staged it in the office representing Saarland, the small southwestern state she governed from 2011 to 2018. The CDUʼs state party had just unanimously nominated her to lead the national party, and potentially be its chancellor candidate in the next election, which is scheduled for 2021, but could easily come sooner. KrampKarrenbauer addressed her most obvious problem — the curse and blessing of being Merkelʼs unofficial favorite — first by highlighting her connections to the chancellor, and then by insisting she has something new to offer.
Kidnapped children in Cameroon released without ransom On Wednesday, a day after Cameroonʼs PresidentPaul Biyawas sworn in, a group of the 79 kidnappedschool children were released. However the school principal and a teacher are still being held, a church official said. Fonki Samuel Forba, a minister of the countryʼs Presbyterian Church was involved in the negotiations to free the pupils. He said no ransom was paid but gave no more details on the circumstances leading up to the release. Instead of a ransom demand, the abductors had demanded that the school be shut down, part of an apparent broader effort to destabilize the region. The students, aged between 11 and 17, were kidnapped along with the principal, driver and another staff member from a Presbyterian secondary school in the town of Bamenda in the early hours of Monday.
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What do the results mean for Donald Trump? US midterm elections 2018:
Although Democrats made electoral gains in Tuesdayʼs midterm elections, officials in Germany and other European Union countries said they do not believe the results will prompt a changein US President Donald Trumpʼs approach to foreign policy. "It would be a mistake to expect a course correction from Donald Trump now," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. He emphasized that the United States remains Germanyʼs closest partner outside of Europe, but in order to maintain that partnership he said, "We will have to recalibrate and adjust our relationship with the USA." The Democratsregained control of the House of Representativesin Tuesdayʼs polls, but Trumpʼs Republicans strengthened their grip on power in the Senate.
While Democrats fell short of an all-out "blue wave," their gains in the House could have a major impact on President Donald Trumpʼs agenda. DW takes a look at how the results could hurt — or help — the US leader. Tuesdayʼsmidterm elections in the United Statessaw mixed results for the two chambers of US Congress, in the first major electoral test of Donald Trumpʼs presidency. Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives, whileTrumpʼs Republicansexpanded their hold on the Senate. Out of the 435 seats in the House, Democrats secured at least 218 seats, giving them the majority in the lower chamber, with several races still undecided. In the 100member Senate, Republicans secured a majority with 51 seats, with final results still coming in. Democrats said they will use their position in the House to put "checks and balances" on Trumpʼs agenda, but said they would be willing to work with Republicans to find bipartisan solutions. "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division," said Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat leader in the House. With their House majority, Democrats will now chair several powerful committees, including the lower chamberʼs Intelligence,
Germany, Europe see little hope for Trump policy change after US midterm election
Ways and Means, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committees. Using subpoenas, they will be able to seek access to Trumpʼs long sought-after tax returns as well as more aggressively probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and whether there collusion with Trumpʼs campaign. Republicans will no longer be able to pass legislation without help from the Democrats, meaning that any plans to easily push through conservative bills. This makes it extremely difficult for Republicans to curb former President Barack Obamaʼs health care law and to push through additional immigration restrictions. With Republicans still in charge of the Senate, Trump can breathe a sigh of relief. His partyʼs control of the upper chamber of US Congress means that attempts to impeach Trump are likely to fail, as the trial would have to take place in the Senate. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the Senate results as "historic" and told reporters the election was "a huge moment and victory for the president."
Yemenʼs collapse puts families on the brink For the past two months, mother-oftwo Fardous Hamran has only been able to give her children one meal a day. Today, as she relies on food handouts from friends, the 39-year old manages to feed her children, 9-yearold son Sam and and daughter Mayar, 7, a simple meal of traditional Yemeni bread Lahooh plus yoghurt. Her children are losing weight fast — Sam has lost three kilograms (7 pounds) within a matter of months. "I am scared to death thinking that my children will be next to be shown on TV as malnourished children," she told DW from her home in the capital Sanaa.
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Hundreds of migrants scale Spanish enclave fence One man died and several were injured as hundreds tried to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Despite the Spanish governmentʼs promise to remove barbed wire on top of the fence, it has not yet done so. Some 300 people rushed a border fence between Morocco andSpainʼs North African enclave Melilla, Spanish authorities said on Sunday. Out of those who attempted to scale the two fences topped in barbed wire, 200 sub-Saharan Africans entered Spanish territory, a representative of Spainʼs government in Melilla said in a statement. One man who climbed over the fences died of an apparent heart attack despite efforts to revive him. Nineteen other people were being treated for fractures or cuts sustained while scaling the fences, authorities said. Another six Civil Guards sustained non-serious injuries during the rush at the border fence.
Disaster-prone nations threatened by huge insurance gap New research from Lloydʼs and CEBR has shown that vast assets are underinsured, posing a huge threat to livelihoods particularly in poorer nations. Those most at risk are also those with the lowest insurance levels. Disaster-prone developing nations are exposed to crippling losses when storms, floods or earthquakes strike, because they suffer from a dangerous lack of insurance, industry experts said Monday. Globally, assets worth about $163 billion (€141 billion) are not insured against catastrophes, posing a significant threat to livelihoods and prosperity,Londonbased insurance market Lloydʼs said in a fresh report. The value of underinsured assets had shrunk by only 3 percent since 2012, it noted. Many nations with the lowest levels of insurance were also among those most exposed to risks, including from climate change impacts, and were least able to fund recovery efforts, the study stressed. "If insurance is not available,catastrophes can have a much greater impact on economies and lives, Lloydʼs Chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown said in a statement. Emerging and low-income nations accounted for almost the entire global insurance gap, the report noted. 2
Brisk business in EU golden visas and citizenship scams Governments even profit on selling citizenship or residency
Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered an apology to survivors and victims of institutional child sex abuse. "Today, Australia confronts a trauma, an abomination, hiding in plain sight for far too long," Morrison told parliament in an emotional televised speech on Monday. "Today, as a nation, we confront our failure to listen, to believe and to provide justice. Again, today, we say sorry. To the children we failed, sorry. To the parents whose trust was betrayed and who have struggled to pick up the pieces, sorry. "As a nation, we failed them, we forsook them, and that will always be our shame." Hundreds of survivors and their families gathered in Canberra and at special receptions around the country to witness the apology.
The high demand for residency and citizenship in EU member states has created a market for corrupt national officials to forge documents and pocket the money. As demand for residency or citizenship in EU member states has grown, a market has emerged in which corrupt national officials falsify documents for a fee. And that is not all: Manygovernments of EU member statesopenly and officially benefitfrom selling "golden visas," raking in billions of euros. Last week in Bulgaria, about two dozen officials were temporarily detained because they had for many years illegally sold fake certificates
Siemens CEO pulls out of Saudi investment conference over Khashoggi case After receiving "hundreds, if not thousands" of e-mails and posts urging him not to attend the Future Investment Initiative (FII), Joe Kaeser on Monday announced his withdrawal from the Saudi conference. The chief executive of Siemens is now one of many high-profile senior executives and financiers pulling out of the three-day event in Riyadh this week, afterSaudi Arabia has admitted it murdered Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul two weeks ago. In a post on social network
of ancestry to people from Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine — and reportedly made thousands of euros in doing so. People holding such certificates, authenticated by the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, can apply for citizenship. Petar Haralampiev, the head of SABA and a notorious nationalist politician suspected of being the ringleader, was among the officials arrested; he has been removed from his post. LinkedIn, Kaeser described his move as "the cleanest decision but not the most courageous one." He also wrote that the decision was not one "against the Kingdom or its people," and noted that Siemens had been "a reliable partner to Saudi Arabia for decades." "But for now, the truth must be found and justice must be served," he added in the post. Pressure had been mounting for the Siemens CEO to withdraw from the FII conference, which is intended to showcase the reform efforts undertaken by the new Saudi strongman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
China unveils plans to launch man-made moon into space
China is set to launch into orbit a huge space mirror,which has been specifically designed to reflect sunlight back to Earth, the stateowned China Daily online portal reported. In Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, the "illumination satellites" are being rigously tested. If all goes to plan, the construction will shine simultaneously with the real moon, but will be almost eight times brighter, the online portal wrote. The mirrors will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province before the end of the year. "By then, the three huge mirrors will divide the 360-degree orbital plane, continuously illuminating an area for 24 hours," Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society and the company responsible for the project, told newspaper in an interview. Three more moons will launch in 2022 if the initial test goes off without a hitch, he added.
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Merkel ally Horst Seehofer to resign CSU leadership Sources close to the Interior Minister told a respected German paper he plans to resign. Seehoferʼs spokesperson has denied the reports. Horst Seehofer, leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkelʼs Bavarian sister party, will resign from his role in the next few day, according to a German media report. Sources told Die Zeit newspaper that Seehoferʼs decision to leave the helm of the Christian Social Union (CSU) has been influenced byMerkelʼs planned resignation from the leadership of her own party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Numerous sources close to Seehofer told Die Zeit he plans to step down from the party leadership but wants to stay on as Interior Minister.The Ministerʼs
Invisible and dangerous: The Salafist scene in North RhineWestphalia There are more Salafists in North Rhine-Westphalia than in any other German state. The scene has all but vanished from the public eye in its stronghold. But it is still very active, as DW is told by numerous sources. "Speak after me," the red-bearded German convert and Salafist preacher Pierre Vogel says as he publicly summons the young woman. Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd in the pedestrian zone of the western city of Offenbach, she does exactly that, and repeats the words of the Islamic profession of faith. That was in 2010. The conversion was filmed and uploaded to YouTube — just one example of the many videos shared online from the heydays ofSalafist missionary work in Germany. Until 2016, the scene had a self-confident and sometimes aggressive public appearance. Bearded men in baggy pants and flowing white robes such as Pierre Vogel regularly distributed free German-language editions of the Koran in market squares and pedestrian zones.
spokesman denied the claims, saying Seehofer has not committed to stepping down from the role.The CSU press office told DW it had no further information.Seehofer later denied reports, calling them a "red herring." Seehoferʼs tenure as CSU leader: Seehofer has been at the helm of the party since 2008. The CSU is the Bavarian sister of Chancellor Angela Merkelʼs CDU, and is part of the German government coalition. Despite the alliance, Seehofer has been a stark critic of Merkel, in particular of her open-doors migration policy.
Chinaʼs medicinal tiger bones and rhino horns: tradition or travesty?
Last week Chinaʼs State Council said the country would reverse a ban on the trade of products made from tigers and rhinos. Officials in Beijing said that trade volume would be "controlled" and tiger bones and rhino horns would only be obtained from animals in captivity for use in "medical research or healing." There was no reason given for removing the ban and the announcement drew
condemnation from wildlife activists along with doctors of traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese consumers. "With wild tiger and rhino populations at such low levels and facing numerous threats, legalized trade in their parts is simply too great a gamble for China to take," Margaret Kinnaird from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement.
Pakistan honor killings haunting young women Khanzadi Mehboob lives in constant fear for her life after she married against the wishes of her family. Although honor killings are illegal, tribal customs in Pakistan often trump the rule of law. In 2008, when she was only 15 years old, Khanzadi Mehboob started teaching children in her village located near Jacobabad in Pakistanʼs southern province of Sindh. Her dedication impressed an NGO, which provided her "school" with a building in 2011.
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Aircraft makers are optimistic about Farnborough despite Brexit The Farnborough Airshow is a major trade venue for the aeronautical industry. As manufactures set up their displays their thoughts hover between anticipation of the next big order and fears of Brexit says Andreas Spaeth. The global aviation industry will come together on Monday at the Farnborough airfield southwest of London for its biennial industry fair — the second largest in the world after the Paris Air Show. The UK has traditionally been one of the worldʼs leading aviation countries and the Farnborough trade fairʼs roots date all the way back to 1920. It moved to its current location in 1948. Read more: Air India sale grounded after privatization flops However, this year is likely to be full of uncertainty as to the future role of the British aviation industry is called into question due to the UKʼs impending departure from the EU in 2019. Airlines and manufacturers have both recently denounced the prevailing uncertainties and demanded clear post-Brexit rules.Read more: Air India sale grounded after privatization flops However, this year is likely to be full of uncertainty as to the future role of the British aviation industry is called into question due to the UKʼs impending departure from the EU in 2019. Airlines and manufacturers have both recently denounced the prevailing uncertainties and demanded clear post-Brexit rules.
Indiaʼs currency tumbles amid rising oil prices The rupee has dropped over 12 percent against the US dollar since the beginning of 2018, earning it the unfortunate distinction of Asiaʼs worst performing currency this year. Economists blame risingglobal crude prices for the slide. India imports 80 percent of its oil needs and soaring prices have blown a hole in the nationʼs finances. The country also imports huge quantities of items like gold and electronics, swelling its import bill further. Indiaʼs current account deficit (CAD) will also likely widen to 2.8 percent of GDP in financial year 2018 — up from 1.9 percent last year — according to consultancy Nomura Research Institute. CAD is a measure of the flow of goods, services and investments in and out of the country. Still, macroeconomic problems resulting from a higher CAD and depreciating rupee are not Prime Minister Narendra Modiʼs biggest concerns. His administration is more worried about growing public discontent due to the rise in petrol and diesel prices.
EU court bolsters vacation time rights Does vacation time expire if it isnʼt taken? If a person dies, what happens to their vacation days? The ECJ tackled these questions in a ruling that will please some with vacation days to spare — especially in Germany.
Foreign investment in the United States of America down sharply Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States plunged by a staggering 32 percent in 2017 year on year, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported. Investment totaled $259.6 billion (€221.2 billion),with the figure representing the second year of declineafter a peak in 2015 when foreign investorsʼ expenditure in the US hit $439.5 billion. Last year, most foreign investments in the United States came from neighboring Canada which contributed $66.2 billion. European Union member states accounted for 40 percent of the 2017 FDI total. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the drop in foreign investment in the United States is part of a global trend. Not just a US problem OECD researchers noted that FDI levels were down 18 percent worldwide in 2017.
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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that people do not lose their right to be compensated for unused vacation days — even if they didnʼt apply to take them. After examining four cases out of Germany, the courtʼs decision grants more rights to employees and heirs with regards to vacation time payouts — albeit with several strict restrictions. Workers do not automatically lose their vacation days — or their right to be compensated for them — if they did not take those days off, the ECJ ruled. A person can lose those rights, however, if an employer can prove
that the employee was given ample opportunity to take vacation.These rules particularly apply to workers whose employment contracts have either ended or were terminated.The court rejected, however, any interpretation of its ruling that would encourage employees to refrain from taking their vacation days in order to secure compensation when their contract ends. They said that such action is "incompatible" with EU law on paid annual leave.In a separate issue, the ECJ also confirmed that a workerʼs right to paid leave "does not lapse" when the person dies.
China: Multiple deaths in chemical plant blast
Toyota in pole position as Warsaw kick-starts electric car road trip
Authorities in southwestern Sichuan province have opened an investigation into a blast at an industrial complex that left 19 people dead, state news agency Xinhua reported Friday. The explosion ripped through the Yibin Hengda Technology complex in the city of Yibin at 6:30 p.m. (1030 UTC) Thursday, sparking a fire that burned late into the night, Xinhua said. County officials said that 12 people wounded in the blast had been taken to hospital and were in a stable condition.Read more: China convicts dozens for last yearʼs giant explosions in Tianjin Reports in the Sichuan Dailysaid the force of the explosion reduced three buildings to their steel frames and shattered the windows of nearby properties. China, the worldʼs largest producer of chemicals, has sought to improve industrial safety standards following aseries of high-profile accidentsin recent years.
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Toyota has picked the region of Silesia in southern Poland as the site for a new car factory. As Europe turns its back on diesel cars, the rush is on for electric and hybrid cars and Poland wants to be in on the action. Toyota has started production of hybrid electric transaxles at its Walbrzych plant in the southwest of Poland. The launch of the production line a few days ago means the Japanese car giant for the first time manufactures this key component, used to link electric motors and combustion engines, outside Asia, and itʼs a new step for both the Japanese auto giant and the eastern European country. Production at Walbrzych comes as Toyota introduces its advanced hybrid technology and the Toyota New Global Architecture to its Polish manufacturing facilities. The new assembly line is part of an investment of over 4.5-billion zloty (€1.1 billion, $ 1.4 billion). Toyota said it aimed to keep production close to its sales markets in Europe.
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Joni Mitchell turns 75 First lady of folk:
The guitar-playing folk darling of the 1960s infused her sound with jazz, rock and pop before rising to the top of the charts. Her voice has since deepened by two octaves but she is ever the honey-voiced folk icon. Oldies radio stations may often air Nazarethʼs rock hit "This Flight Tonight," but anyone who knows the original song by Canadian folk icon Joni Mitchell will quickly turn off the radio, fetch her album Blue, and dive into the magical universe she creates with her sweet voice, mysterious lyrics and unusual guitar playing. Joni Mitchell has a forthright personality. Throughout her life she has attempted different musical genres, lifestyles and relationships; she lets herself drift and
processes her experiences in songs and pictures. Born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, she was the daughter of a teacher and an air force officer, and the family had to relocate several times. The young girl retreated into her own world of painting, reading and inventing stories. After contracting polio at the age of nine, Mitchell comforted herself and other children at the hospital by singing. She briefly took piano lessons, but had more fun playing the guitar.
What do the US midterms mean for the environment? US President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, cut the Environmental Protection Agencyʼs (EPA) budget and staffed it with climate skeptics, and ditched Barack Obamaʼs national Clean Power Plan. He and his allies at the EPA, the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior have scrapped climate policy put in place by previous administrations, even as recordbreaking hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves hit the US. But with the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, his opponents could thwart the presidentʼs determination tosilence climate scienceand weaken environmental protections. Thanu Yakupitiyage of environmental organization 350.org says last nightʼs result was a win for the environment, despite Trumpʼs claims of victory. "The win means weʼre not dealing with climate denial anymore and that could have lasting impacts," she told DW.
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Landslides and less snow. Climate change is altering the Bavarian Alps Itʼs unseasonably warm on Germanyʼs highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Thirty years ago, September would have brought freezing temperatures and the first snow flurries. Today, tourists explore the bare, snowless, moon-like rockscape in T-shirts and shorts. A lot has changed on the mountain in those 30 years, said Toni Zwinger, who grew up on the Zugspitze in the southern German state of Bavaria. The 33-year-oldʼs family has been running the Münchner Haus — an inn 2,959 meters (9,700 feet) up, just near the summit — since 1925, back when only intrepid climbers could reach it. As a boy, Zwinger played around the glaciers and took trips to the Austrian side of the mountain for plates
of French fries. He knew almost everyone then but now there are too many people on the summit — a steady stream of tourists and workers, he said, still wearing a blue denim apron, having just finished up after another busy day. The glaciers of his childhood have all but disappeared too. The Northern Schneeferner has shrunk to a mere 25 percent of its 1950 volume. On the Southern Schneeferner, itʼs even worse as only 6 percent is left. "This year was the hottest theyʼve measured during the past 25 years," Zwinger told DW, sitting in a room in the inn decorated with wooden panels and beams. "You can see it with the glacier. Itʼs getting smaller."
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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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Jose Mourinho: Football Association to contest decision not to charge Man Utd boss
The Football Association will appeal against a decision not to charge Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for comments he made after a match. The FA claimed that Mourinho swore in Portuguese to a television camera as he walked off the pitch following a 3-2 win over Newcastle on 6 October. However, Unitedsuccessfully contestedthe original charge. The FAʼs appeal comes after considering the written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission inquiry.
Sergio Garcia claims Valderrama Masters hat-trick
Sergio Garcia won his third Valderrama Masters in a row after the event was reduced to 54 holes and completed on the fifth day because of bad weather. The 2017 Masters champion, 38, was three clear on 10 under with 11 holes remaining going into day five and finished on 12 under after a 69. Irelandʼs Shane Lowry was second after a round of 66 left him on eight under. Lowry got to within a shot of Garcia with three consecutive birdies after the turn but the Spaniard held on. While Lowry ran up a double bogey at the 15th, Garcia added birdies at the 14th and 17th to give himself a cushion playing the last. Englandʼs Lee Westwood made four birdies on Sunday to move up to second but eventually finished in a share of fifth after shooting a 70. 6
Aleksandar Kolarovʼs free kick stunner secures Serbia win over Costa Rica A brilliant second half free kick from captain Aleksandar Kolarov led Serbia to a deserved win over Costa Rica. Serbia were wasteful in front of goal but did enough to secure three vital points in Group E. Another World Cup day, another sublime freekick. If Cristiano Ronaldo’s ice-cold effort tosnatch a point against arch-rivals Spain on day two was the current goal of the tournament front-runner, the Portuguese may have just met his match. Aleksandar Kolarov, take a bow. A combination of poor finishing and sublime goalkeeping had kept the scores level until Serbia’s no.11 produced his moment of magic. Kolarov’s powerful left foot is no secret, but few inside the stadium would have expected such a thunderous strike when the Roma defender stood over a free kick midway through the second half. His shot was unstoppable; a side-footed missile which screamed into the top corner of the Costa Rica net. Kaylor Navas, who kept his team in the game with several crucial saves either side of half time, was nowhere near it.
Hamiltonʼs title party postponed as Raikkonen wins in Austin Formula One:
The coronation has been postponed. Lewis Hamilton will have to wait a bit longer for his fifth world title after finishing third at the US Grand Prix in Austin, won by Kimi Raikkonen. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth. Lewis Hamilton will have to wait for a fifth world title after finishing third at the US Grand Prix in Austin on Sunday as Ferrariʼs Kimi Raikkonen won a first victory in over five years, ahead of Red Bullʼs Max Verstappen in second. Title rivalSebastian Vettel, in the other Ferrari, finished fourth after another disappointing race from the German, meaning the championship race will probably be decided in Mexico next weekend instead. Hamilton needs only to finish seventh or outscore Vettel by five points. Hamiltonʼs chances were
hindered by Mercedesʼ tire strategy, but even third place would have been enough had Vettel not recovered from an early crash to finish fourth. "It is how it is. Iʼm happy to have finished in the top three and now we just have to push even harder," said a relaxed Hamilton. "Kimi did a brilliant job today," he added, throwing in some praise for the race winner. But Vettel was less satisfied. "We could have taken advantage of Mercedesʼ problems today," he told broadcaster RTL. "Itʼs a feeling of overwhelming disappointment at the moment."
David Beckham MLS franchise wins vote on stadium plans David Beckhamʼs hopes of building a new stadium for his Inter Miami franchise in the MLS moved a step closer to being realised after a vote by residents. About 60% of the cityʼs voters opted to allow the club to negotiate to build on a 73-acre site that is currently a councilowned golf course. The complex would house a stadium, shopping mall, hotel and public park. Beckhamʼs group now has to get the backing of four of the cityʼs five commissioners.
"I need to say a big thanks to the fans who have stuck by us," said former England captain Beckham. "Today is an exciting day. We have had a dream of bringing a team to this great city. We want to create a legacy, something our children will aspire to. "But we also want to win. I am not coming here just to have a pretty team. Winning championships [is] important to me." Inter Miami are scheduled to make their MLS debut in 2020 after beingawarded an expansion contact in January.