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AfD regional leader Andre Poggenburg resigns following anti-Turkish speech Andre Poggenburg sparked nationwide disgust after comparing Germans of Turkish origin as "camel drivers." His planned resignation follows a formal censure by his party. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party announced Thursday that a high-profile regional leader will resign from his post at the end of March. Andre Poggenburg is the head of the party in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. He prompted an outcry in mid-February after describing people of Turkish origin in Germany as "camel drivers" and "caraway seed traders" in a speech to AfD supporters.

Refugee children making a new life in Germany Hailing from Syria, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe, they attend the same integration class in their new home. Despite different backgrounds, these high school students all have one thing in common: motivation to succeed. "I have been in Germany for two years. I took off on foot, then someone gave me a ride in their car, after that I continued by bus and train and then finally on foot again. In Austria, a friend and I simply boarded a train to Munich. I couldnʼt speak any German." The events that Aziz Ahmad Noori is referring to took place two years ago. He was 15 at the time. He fled Afghanistan – fled violence – without his parents.Aziz is typical of the kind of young people enrolled inintegration coursesat Bertha von Suttner High School. Most have fled difficult circumstances on their own and managed to get through it all. Aziz currently lives in a boarding house. He feels lucky to have the opportunity to attend school. His aim is to earn his diploma and graduate.

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Franceʼs National Front leader Marine Le Pen proposes rebranding as ʼRassemblement Nationalʼ She has tried to capitalize on a newfound visibility after her nearsuccess at the presidential elec

The far-right party must transform into a "rallying point to form a majority," Le Pen said at a party congress.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pays ʼflyingʼ visit to Mobile World Congress Deutsche Telekom has ʼflownʼ in a special guest to showcase its broadband capabilities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The German telecom giant focused on its activities to advance 5G mobile networking. Deutsche Telekomʼs Head of Innovation Claudia Nemat was just wrapping up her description of the European Aviation Network, a project that allows passengers to use broadband thousands of meters up in the air, when she casually invited CEO Timotheus Höttges up on stage, claiming she had a surprise for him. Next thing,legendary German goalkeeper

Manuel Neuerappeared on the screen behind them. He was sitting in a plane, live-streaming the Deutsche Telekom press conference. "Howʼs it going?" Höttges asked breezily. Neuer grinned and pointed his smartphone out the window at the clouds. The gimmick concluded a press event that was dedicated to showcasing Deutsche Telekomʼs advances in 5G, its new voice assistant Magenta (meant, Nemat stressed, as an alternative, not as a replacement to counterparts like Alexa) and a pair of smart glasses that could one day display a checklist for doctors to consult before performing surgery.

German university hospital defends auto firmsʼ nitrogen dioxide test ethics No experiments on animals or humans can take place in Germany without a go from an authorized ethics committee. Dr. Thomas Kraus from Aachen University Hospital says this was the case in the most recent NO2 scandal. The European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT) "did not impinge in any way on the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) research it commissioned Aachen University Hospital to do," Professor Thomas Kraus from the

hospital told the German press agency DPA on Monday. The EUGT is a now defunct organization that was funded by German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW plus partsmaker Bosch, thus raising questions of possible conflicts of interest. In 2013, 25 healthy volunteers were exposed to NO2 pollution for three hours, Kraus said. "None of them had any negative health effects," he went on, adding that the tests were meant to measure the impact of pollutants in the workplace.

Donald Trump set to sign executive order on steel import tariff Hours ahead of the signing of trade tariffs on steel imports, President Trump has insisted he doesnʼt want a trade war. Washington is set to soften the blow of its new penalties with exemptions for certain countries. Top executives from the US industrial sector will be at the White House on Thursday afternoon when US President Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Trumpʼs main trade advisor Peter Navarro told US TV channel Fox Business that the new penalties would be signed off by president in a ceremony at the Oval Office at 3.30 p.m. local time (2030 UTC), and then take effect within 10 to 15 days. But in a sign of a softening of the billionaireʼs latest protectionist policy, Navarro confirmed some neighboring countries would be exempted from the duties.

Turkey jails dozens of journalists A year and eight months after a failed coup, Ankara has shown no sign of deescalating its crackdown on critical journalists. The 25 reporters were convicted on trumped-up terror charges. Turkey sentenced 25 journalists to prison terms ranging from three years to seven and half years on Thursday. The defendants were accused of "knowingly and willingly" aiding exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been blamed by Ankara for the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016.

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Germany to compensate Algerian Jewish Holocaust survivors Jews who lived in Algeria during the Vichy regime will receive compensation, said the Claims Conference. Algerian Jews were "one of the last" groups to be recognized by Germany, the organizationʼs vice president told DW. The Claims Conference Hardship Fund on Monday announced that a new group ofJewish Holocaust survivorswill be eligible forcompensation from the Germany government. The group consists of Jews who lived in Algeria between July 1940 and November 1942. Those eligible for compensation will receive a one-time payment of €2,556 ($3,180), which the German government will begin paying out in July. "Even at this late stage, itʼs very important both for the individuals, because it acknowledges what they went through, and in general, because it creates a historical record which will stand the test of time," Eric Schneider, who serves as executive vice president of the Claims Conference, told DW. "The further we get away from the events, I think thereʼs the greater possibility of Holocaust revisionism … When the German government takes responsibility and acknowledges the event, then it makes it a lot harder to refute it.

British parliamentary doping report slams Wiggins, Sky A British parliamentary report has sharply criticized Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins for using permitted medication to enhance his performance at the 2012 Tour de France. Sky and Wiggins have rejected the criticism. The report published on Monday by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, said Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins, had crossed an "ethical line" by using corticosteroids to treat a medical condition during the 2012 Tour.

Walmart raises minimum age for buying guns to 21

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Walmart became the biggest retailer to raise the minimum gun buying age to 21. The decision comes on the heels of Americaʼs largest gun storeʼs decision to raise the age limit and to stop selling assault style rifles.

Following weeks of bitter fighting, a wage agreement for the German metal and electrical industries has finally been struck. Employees were able to secure higher wages and more flexible working hours. A wage agreement was reached in the early hours on Tuesday in Germanyʼs metal and electrical industries. The powerful IG Metall union announced the deal initially covering workers in the southern German state of BadenWürttemberg, but expected to be eventually implemented for a total of 3.9 million workers in the sector nationwide. According to the deal, employeesare to receive a pay hike of 4.3 percent from April this year. Additionally, monthly one-off payments of €100 ($124) were agreed for January through March. Employers and trade union representatives also agreed on the possibility of workers reducing their hours from 35 to 28 hours per week for two years, should they need to look after children or care for older relatives.

Walmart, the US retail giant, announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. It also said it would remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Walmart said it made the decision after the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The teenage gunman used an AR-15 rifle. Walmart said it took "seriously our obligation

to be a responsible seller of firearms." They also emphasized their background of "serving sportsmen and hunters." The move comes on the heels of Dickʼs Sporting Goods announcement earlier in the day that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21years old. "When we saw what the kids were going through and the grief of the parents and the kids who were killed in Parkland, we felt we needed to do something," said Dickʼs Chairman and CEO Ed Stack on ABCʼs "Good Morning America."

China plans huge national park for pandas The bears are considered to be the national animal of China. Their awarding is an important diplomatic gesture and a good deal. So that it works better with the panda offspring, the animals should get more space. The new national park for the unmistakable bears with black and white fur will cover more than 27,000 square kilometres, as the state newspaper "China Daily" reported on Thursday. It would be three times the size of the famous Yellowstone National Park in the USA. According to "China Daily", the project has a budget of 1.3 billion euros over the next five years.

A corresponding agreement between the State Bank of China and the Sichuan Provincial Government was signed on Tuesday. The giant panda is an endangered species and occurs in the wild only in China. 80 percent of the approximately 1800 animals live in Sichuan, the rest in the provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu. Breeding successes in captivity are extremely rare. The new national park should enable the pandas to reproduce undisturbed. Around 50 panda bears live in zoos outside China. Six of them in European zoos. The Berlin Zoo pays an annual rental fee of 900,000 euros for the Panda couple Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, who arrived in June 2017.

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A record 28 French restaurants get Michelin three-star ratings Twenty-eight French restaurants have been honored with the gastronomic sectorʼs most coveted rating. Thatʼs a record number of three-star ratings for any single country in the Michelin Red Guide. A comeback by La Maison des Bois mastermind Marc Veyrat (pictured) and the emergence of Christophe Bacquieʼs Hotel du Castellet as another culinary force in southern France have given the country a record for most restaurants to hold a vaunted foodie guideʼs coveted three-star maximum. Set for official release on Friday, Michelin France has become the most prestigious of the publicationʼs 31 national editions and the domestic culinary bible. Michelin has faced criticism that its stars reward pomp and presentation rather than the food itself and for the guideʼs putting restaurateurs under unbearable scrutiny. The guide has made many a chefʼs name; others say it has nearly broken their wills. Veyrat — a 67-yearold who quit cooking after a skiing accident nine years ago and faced hardship again when La Maison burned down in 2015 — told The Associated Press that he does not mind the stress. "We need the pressure and adrenaline because we are creatives," he said late Monday.