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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:

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.

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. 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. The family members and heirs of the deceased are also entitled to compensation for the deceased employeeʼs unused vacation time.

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 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.

Germany, Europe see little hope for Trump policy change after US midterm election 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.

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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Invisible and dangerous: The Salafist scene in North Rhine-Westphalia 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. As part of their "LIES!" campaign (German for "Read"), key figures of Germanyʼs Salafist scene publicly preached their radical interpretation of Islam as converts were invited to join "Islam seminars" up and down the country. Vogelʼs people also offered leisure activities such as barbecues and football in an effort to create a parallel Islamic society.

Toyota in pole position as Warsaw kickstarts electric car road trip

Indiaʼs currency tumbles amid rising oil prices

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.

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.

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 4.5billion zloty (€1.1 billion, $ 1.4 billion). Toyota said it aimed to keep production close to its sales markets in Europe. The transaxle will be fitted to the new Corolla Hybrid, built at Toyotaʼs Burnaston factory in the UK, and the C-HR Hybrid, made in Turkey.

Joni Mitchell turns 75 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.

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.

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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,London-based 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.