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US upsets China with new de facto embassy in Taiwan Chinaʼs Foreign Ministry has already lodged a complaint with the US over the new American Institute in Taiwan building. US officials say the complex represents the "strength and vibrancy of the US-Taiwan partnership." In a move likely to increase tensions between the US and China, the United States opened a $256 million (€225 million) representative office in Taiwanʼs capital on Tuesday. The American Institute in Taiwan has functioned as Washingtonʼs de facto embassy in democratic self-ruled island Taiwan since 1979. It was opened to conduct relations with Taiwan following Washingtonʼs decision to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing. The new building is a significant upgrade from the low-key military building that AIT has used for decades and will serve as the representative office later this summer, AIT Director Kin Moy said at the opening ceremony.
German police in Viersen arrest suspect in teenage girl stabbing A 17-year-old turned himself into police following the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl in Viersen. Police had earlier released a 25year-old man who had been falsely suspected of the crime. German investigators looking into the stabbing and killing of a teenage girl recieved a breakthrough on Tuesday after the suspected attacker turned himself in to police. A 15year-old girl was fatally stabbed in a park in the German town of Viersen, near Düsseldorf on Monday. She was taken to the hospital, but later died of her injuries. Police earlier said the girl was of Romanian descent. After following false leads on suspects, a 17-yearold boy appeared at a police station in the city of Mönchengladbach along with his lawyer to turn himself in.
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South Koreans wary of losing US defense assurance Trump-Kim summit:
President Moon Jae-in has welcomed the diplomatic "success" between Washington and Pyongyang, but many South Koreans believe it is not wise to give up on security guarantees.
Climate change strips nutrients from food crops Environmental changes are posing a serious threat to production and nutritional value of our crops. Not taking action could have major global implications for food security and public health, a new study outlines. A new study has further revealed how climate change is reducing yields and sucking the nutrients from our vegetables and legumes, raising serious questions over the future of food security and public health around the world. Thereport, which was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is apparently the
first of its kind to methodically examine to what extent environmental changes such as water scarcity, increases in temperature and a greater concentration of carbon dioxide could impact the nutritional quality and yield of crops vital to our everyday nutrition. Previous research into the impact of environmental change on food has mostly focused on the yield of staple crops such as wheat, rice and corn. However, there has been comparatively little discussion on how climate change is affecting nutritious foods that are considered more important to a healthy diet.
Astro-Alexʼs first inflight call from space Just four days ago, German astronaut Alexander Gerst arrived for his second mission, Horizons, at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, he joins an inflight press call. Watch it live here. Alexander Gerst arrived along with Sergey Prokopyev (Russia) and Serena Aunon-Chancellor (USA) at the International Space Station (ISS) last Friday. Since then, he and his colleagues have had four days to adjust to
microgravity, get settled, move all the equipment for their scientific experiments — and their personal belongings — into racks and other places. On their arrival, Gerst, Prokopyev and Aunon-Chancellor were welcomed by three other astronauts who were already there: Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemiev. The oldhands gave the new crew members a tour of the ISS to show them whatʼs new up there.
Hamid Karzai: Former Afghan president hopeful for ʼpermanent peaceʼ with Taliban Former Afghan President Karzai has hailed the ceasefire agreement between Kabul and the Taliban at DWʼs Global Media Forum. He also said the West, including Germany, must admit their failure in the wartorn country. It was Hamid Karzai who set up a peace commission in 2010 for talks with Islamist insurgents. The Taliban, however, did not reciprocate the gesture and instead intensified their attacks on NATO forces, Afghan soldiers and civilians. But a recent week-long Eid truce between President Ashraf Ghaniʼs government and the militant group has raised hopes that the 16year-old deadly conflict could finally be resolved. It was the first time since 2001, when US forces ousted the Taliban regime, that the group has shown a degree of flexibility in their dealing with the Afghan government, which it considers a "US puppet."
German teachers cannot strike, says Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe Four German teachers took their demand to be allowed to strike to the highest court in Germany, only to face defeat before the judges in Karlsruhe. Public officials cannot go on strike, said the Constitutional Court. Teachers who are employed as civil servants would not be allowed to strike, Germanyʼs Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday, refusing a push to soften the strike ban on public sector workers.
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Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli: Turkey will remain in Iraq Turkeyʼs military has said its warplanes hit 12 Kurdish rebel targets in cross-border raids in northern Iraq. It comes as the Turkeyʼs defense minister said it would not stop until all rebel groups were removed. News Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli: Turkey will remain in Iraq Turkeyʼs military has said its warplanes hit 12 Kurdish rebel targets in cross-border raids in northern Iraq. It comes as the Turkeyʼs defense minister said it would not stop until all rebel groups were removed. A Turkish Air Forces warplane takes off from Incirlik Air Base in Adana, southern Turkey, in April 201 The Turkish military on Tuesday said its jets hit 12 Kurdish rebel sites overnight, including shelters, weapon positions and ammunition depots used by the Kurdistan Workersʼ Party (PKK) in northern Iraqʼs Hakurk, Avasin-Basyan and Qandil regions. The Qandil mountain region is where Turkey claims that the senior PKK leadership has its headquarters. Turkey has been broadening its operations in its southern neighbor and has vowed to destroy a stronghold of the militant fighters.
FIFA: No past doping offences among Russia World Cup squad
German businesses seek answers from Britain on post-Brexit relations The head of one of Germanyʼs business groups warns that Britain and the EU could "sink into insignificance" if they stay divided. Businesses fear that Britain could crash out of the bloc in March 2019. Three leading German business groups on Monday issued an appeal to Britain to set out its exact plans for its economic relations with the European Unionafter it leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. In a joint statement, the heads of the organizations said they were worried that even the "transition phase" after Brexit was not assured. Dieter Kempf, who heads the Federation of German Industries (BDI), said that this phase would be made possible only if there were agreement on the future and the con-
ditions of Britainʼs exit, adding that the EU and the UK needed to make progress at a summit at the end of June. "German industry expects a binding and clear response to the proposals of the EU27 regarding the future economic relationship. London should recognize in its own interest that we Europeans can either be successful in the world together — or sink into insignificance if divided," Kempf said. "Our companies must have clarity by October for [Britainʼs] plans after Brexit day," he added.
Why so many gosh darn jellyfish? Mediterranean resorts are having to ban swimming because of plagues of jellyfish, which scientists blame on a complex cocktail of human impacts, from climate change to overfishing. Few things evoke the idea of a relaxing vacation than a dip in the calm waters of the Mediterranean — especially for northern Europeans. But idyllic tourist spots such as southern Spain are increasingly having to prohibit bathing due to plagues of dangerous jellyfish. Experts say jellyfish arenʼt
just an inconvenience for swimmers. They are evidence of a perfect storm of human impacts destabilizing marine ecosystems. Climate change, unsustainable fishing practices and agricultural chemicals are all suspects in the explosion in jellyfish numbers. But a lack of scientific knowledge about these alien-looking creatures and their complex biology means pinning down the exact cause is a complex business. The many differences between thousands of species of jellyfish make it all the more challenging for researchers to pin down clear data.
FIFA has found "insufficient evidence" of past doping infringements among Russiaʼs provisional squad for the World Cup. Past investigations into Russian doping had highlighted football as one sport affected. World footballʼs governing body said on Tuesday that none of the players set to represent host nation Russia at next monthʼs World Cup had failed doping tests in the past. FIFA launched investigations in light of the McLaren Report, which found evidence of widespread doping in Russiaʼs Olympic setup and also highlighted soccer as one of the sports involved.
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Hamburg partial diesel transport ban goes into effect The city of Hamburg is the first to penalize older diesel vehicles in an effort to improve air quality. The partial diesel ban was cheered by environmental groups and represents a blow to the auto industry. Hamburgʼs partial diesel ban begins on Thursday, forbidding drivers with old diesel engines from transiting in two major streets. Hamburg has become the first German city to limit diesel cars on a regular basis, sincea Federal Administrative Court ruled that German states, cities and municipalities have the right to imposesuch bans. The partial ban represents a victory for environmental groups, who have advocated for improved air quality in German cities. But it is a blow to automakers, reeling from a diesel manipulation scandal that has rocked the industry and led toa decrease in consumer demandfor diesel engine cars.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has delivered a ruling that curbs immigration judges from considering domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum. The decision is expected to affect tens of thousands of cases. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum. Mondayʼs ruling could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for protection. "Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-government actors will not qualify for asylum," Sessions wrote in 31-page decision. "The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim."