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US unveils $200 billion list of China imports for tariffs The US on Tuesday published a list of $200 billion (€170 billion) worth of Chinese goods that could soon be hit with tariffs. The move is a major escalation in a brewing trade war between the worldʼs two largest economies. According to the Office of the US Trade Representative: The additional 6,031 product lines would be hit with a 10 percent tariff.The list is subject to two months of finalization and input before possible implementation by President Donald Trump.The earliest they would come into effect is September.The products include various food items, chemicals, minerals, tobacco, electronics and office goods. Read more: Germany, China seek closer alliance over trade spat with US Chinaʼs commerce ministry responded to the proposed US tariffs, calling them "completely unacceptable." It added that Beijing would respond to the latest moves by Washington.
France seal spot in 2018 World Cup final After a goalless first half dominated by Belgium, a header from French defender Samule Umtiti ultimately proved the difference in a World Cup increasingly being decided by setpieces. For long periods though, it was a battle fought on the ground - by two men in particular. Belgian captain Eden Hazard was the stand-out performer for the Red Devils, but even he was outshone by Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe. The frantic start to the game suited the 19-year-old perfectly as the teenager provided a series of early reminders of the French threat, leaving Jan Vertonghen for dead early on before almost latching onto a Paul Pogba through ball that he had absolutely no right to reach.
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ʼBrexodusʼ continues as May loses two more party members The resignations come on the heels of Boris Johnson and David Davis quitting
Conservatives Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield have quit their posts in protest to Prime Minister Mayʼs latest Brexit compromise.
German investor sentiment lowest in 6 years The mood among German institutional investors has worsened sharply in recent weeks, a fresh monthly survey shows. For an export-oriented country like Germany, thereʼs a lot to worry about, experts say. Confidence among investors in Europeʼs powerhouse plunged sharply in July, the ZEW economic think tank announced Tuesday. It said its monthly barometer dropped to levels not seen since August 2012amid signs that current trade frictions could spiral out of control. "Above all, fears of an escalation in the international trade
conflict with the United States drove the instituteʼs index down 8.6 points to reach -24.7 points," ZEW President Achim Wambach said in a statement. US President Donald Trump had hit steel and aluminum imports with higher tariffsand threatened to do the same to EU cars, after the European Union retaliated with border taxes of its own on US goods. Major German firms are already suffering from the White Houseʼs trade spat with Beijing, the main front in Trumpʼs battle to slash US deficits. German cars built in the US are facing new tariffs when entering China.
Biofuels: Good or bad for the environment? In the early part of this century, as governments grappled with how to most effectively combat global warming, policymakers put carbon emissions caused by transport in their crosshairs. Transport, after all, accounts for 22 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Emissions in that sector are increasing faster than any other, due also to steady growth in the use of personal cars in the developing world. And so governments came up with what they thought was the perfect solution: What if the cars could
burnnaturally occurring, renewable biofuelsinstead of fossil fuels? Bio-based crops donʼt emit carbon — or so they assumed. Brazil established its ethanol fuel program 40 years ago, and today is considered to have the worldʼs first sustainable biofuels economy, with almost all cars burning some element of biofuel. In 2005, the United States established its first national renewable fuel standard under the Energy Policy Act, calling for 7.5 billion gallons of biofuels to be used annually by 2012.
American tourist takes unexploded WWII munition to Vienna Airport A 24-year-old American tourist caused panic at Vienna Airport when she put an unexploded World War II artillery shell in front of Austrian customs officials and asked whether the "souvenir" could be taken onboard her flight home. Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 7.5 caliber dud tank artillery shell. The incident shut down the arrival and luggage hall for 15 minutes. Police said at no time were passengers under threat. Read more: WWII bomb scare leads German police to heavy zucchini The 24year-old was reported to prosecutors for negligent endangerment and fined €4,000 ($4,694). The woman had found the World War II relic while hiking. According to the Krone newspaper, the woman reportedly cleaned the artillery shell in her hotel room so as not to get her clothes dirty when she packed it up to take to the airport.
German authoritiesʼ many failures in investigating the NSU The first victim of the serial murdersdied on September 11, 2000, the last on April 6, 2006. Eight of the victims were men of Turkish heritage; one was from Greece. They were all shot with the same gun. The investigators, just taking guesses, had initially said the killings must have involved drugs — sometimes they even accused relatives of taking part in the murders. Racism was quickly ruled out as motive.
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Racism is socially acceptable in Germany, says lawyer in neo-Nazi trial After a five-year-long trial, a verdict is finally expected in the coming days in Germanyʼs far-right extremist National Socialist Underground (NSU) case, which centers on multiple racially motivated murders committed by the terror group between 2000 and 2007. It will be the end of a long era for Mehmet Daimagüler, who represents several co-plaintiffs,relatives of those who were killed. Daimagüler is not just a successful lawyer, but also the author of books and newspaper articles that have raised heated debate about racism in Germany. He has personally experienced what it means to be discriminated against and to overcome almost insurmountable obstacles. Born in 1968 in Siegen to Turkish parents, Daimagüler faced an uphill struggle from day one. "We were always treated as foreigners. We did not have German citizenship and only had a temporary residency permit." Whenever his family dealt with German authorities, they were made to feel they did not belong in the country, he recalls.
Wimbledon 2018: Juan Martin del Potro sets up Rafael Nadal quarter-final Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro set up a Wimbledon quarter-final meeting with Rafa Nadal after finally wrapping up victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon. The Argentine was two sets to one up on the world number 53 when play was suspended on Monday night. He lost his serve early in the fourth set but fought back and served for the match at 5-4 only for Simon to save four match points. But Del Potro went on to claim a 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) victory.
Innovative schooling: Finlandʼs Me & MyCity program Finland has long had a reputation for innovative schooling methods, and the Me & MyCity program is no exception. It creates an environment for sixth-graders whichsimulates a miniature city where students work in a profession and function as consumers and citizens, as part of society.
Inside a large hall in an industrial building on the outskirts of the shipping and engineering city of Vaasa, it looks a bit like a small trade fair is going on. It has been divided into booths, each of which represents a sponsor company. In one booth, sponsored by a supermarket chain, a girl stacks shelves while another starts up the computer and looks at inventory.
In another booth that bears the logo of a major local engineering company, three students are donning hard hats and reflective vests to go on a site inspection. In another, a group of students works to get a newspaper published. There are 55 sixth-graders here today - around 12 years old. They come from three schools in the region.
How not to burn rainforests in our grills A lot of our BBQ charcoal comes from tropical forests, and this can contribute to deforestation, a survey has found. But there are alternatives for more environmentally friendly grilling. How good are they? "You arenʼt a vegetarian, are you?" Mario Sacilotto asks me. He seems kind of worried. The German entrepeneur with Italian roots is definitely not an eco-freak. He enjoys a good grill steak, barbecued in his garden in Alfter, a small town near Bonn, Germany. Although heʼs not a native to the eco-scene, his new startup Grillmais (which means "BBQ corn"
in English) has brought him straight to it. Sacilotto sells an alternative charcoal product for barbecuing: corncobs, the central core of an ear of maize — what you get when youʼve nibbled off all the kernels. Itʼs more environmentally friendly than charcoal, he says, adding that it also has a lot of practical advantages for the ʼcue connoisseur. Sacilotto tears open a paper bag and dumps dozens of light-yellow and reddish corncobs into his barbecue grill. Then he pours lighter fluid over them, and sets it alight. Flames soon flicker among the corncobs. "Now we have to wait 10 to 14 minutes before we can put the meat on," Sacilotto says.
Danube region wine tasting Danubius Hotel Gellért On July 11th, on the panorama terrace of Danubius Hotel Gellért you can sample a variety of exquisite wines from the Danube wine region. These wines have lower alcohol content, are light, smooth and less acidy: perfect companions on a hot summer day. Tickets are available at this link.
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FIFA World Cup: Nike refuses to provide shoes to Iranian team US sportswear firm Nike says it cannot supply boots and other equipment to Iranʼs national football team players due to sanctions on the Islamic country. Iran faces Morocco in its first match at the FIFA World Cup. Carlos Queiroz, the head coach of Iranʼs national team, has called on Nike to apologize after the US sportswear company said it could not supply football cleats to his players due to US sanctions on the Iranian regime. "US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time," Nike had said in a statement. The Iranian side faces Morocco in their Group B opener on Friday, June 15. European Cup winner Portugal and the 2010 world champions Spain are also in the same group.
Novichok nerve agent victim regains consciousness Novichok poison victim Charlie Rowley regained consciousness on Tuesday and is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital announced. Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess were exposed 10 days ago to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.Sturgess died as a result of her exposureon Sunday. Police said the pair came into contact with the toxin after Sturgess handled a highly contaminated item in the town of Amesbury, just a few miles fromSalisburywhere nominally retired Russian spySergei Skripaland his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March. "We have seen a small but significant improvement in the condition of Charlie Rowley," Director of Nursing at Salisbury District Hospital Lorna Wilkinson said. "He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious.