12/2017 • 14, JANUARY 2017 WEEKEND ISSUE
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Takata pleads guilty in airbag scandal, fined $1 billion Takata Corporation has agreed to plead guilty to concealing a deadly defect in its airbag inflators. The Japanese automotive parts company will pay a total of $1 billion in fines and restitution. The US Attorneyʼs Office in Detroit announced Friday that Takata Corp. had pleaded guilty to a single criminal charge after hiding a fatal defect in its airbag inflators. Prosecutors alleged that Takata falsified test data to deceive automakers that used its inflators in their vehicles.
Prototype vaccine for Ebola virus proves effective in Guinea A prototype vaccine for Ebola has proven effective in Guinea, according to the World Health Organization. It hopes fast-track approval will emerge by 2018. The hemorrhagic virus killed 11,300 people in western Africa. WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny wrote in the medical journal "The Lancet" that an "effective vaccine" for Ebola, dubbed rVSV-ZEBOV should be 80 percent effective in a fully-fledged epidemic. The Canadian-developed vaccine was given to nearly 6,000 people in Guineaʼs coastal region of Gasse-Guinée in a "phase 3" clinical trial last year. It was carried out last year at the tail end of western Africaʼs epidemic that began in early 2014 and alsospanned Liberia and Sierra Leone, prompting world alarm. Not one vaccinated person contracted the disease, but among a control group of unvaccinated volunteers 23 cases did occur, wrote Kieny who led a team at the WHO which took over the study.
Storm ʼEgonʼ brings chaotic winter weather to Europe Airport cancellations and power outages have resulted from the wintry conditions
Flooding, snowfall and high winds have swept across the UK and continental Europe.
Egypt postpones controversial UN vote on Israeli settlements Egyptian President el-Sissi has bowed to pressure from Israel to delay a vote on the measure in the Security Council. The move came as US President Barack Obama weighed whether or not to block the resolution. Facing pressure from Israel, Egypt indefinitely postponed a United Nations Security Council vote to condemn the building of settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Israel was forced to turn to its reticent allies in Cairo as it remained unclear whether longtime ally the United States would veto the measure. As a permanent member of the Security Council, the
US has routinely axed such resolutions. But President Barack Obama has reportedly been mulling if they should let the measure through after years of aborted peace efforts. Despite the history of friendly relations between the two countries, the US has long considered the settlements as a hurdle to a lasting peace process, and allowing the resolution to pass would have been an opportunity to take a stronger stance. "Peace will come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, imploring the US to exercise its veto power.
Maria Sharapova to make her comeback from doping ban in Germany The former world No.1 womenʼs tennis player, Maria Sharapova, is to return to action at a tournament in Germany after having served her doping ban. She was banned after a positive test at last yearʼs Australian Open. A statement posted on the website of carmaker German carmaker Porsche, which happens to sponsor both the Stuttgart Grand Prix and the Russian tennis player, said Maria Sharapova would make her return at the event on April 26, the third day of main-draw play - and the day her doping ban ex-
pires. Porsche said the 29-year-old Sharapova had been given a wild-card entry into the tournament; something that she will have to rely on for a while, because her ban meant that she has falling out of the world rankings, which only count tournament performances from the previous 12 months. "I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favorite tournaments," said Sharapova, who won the Stuttgart tournament from 2012-14. "I canʼt wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love."
Lebanon mending ties with Gulf states Lebanese president Michael Aoun has just returned from a four-day trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Why does Lebanon want to improve its relations with the Gulf nations and how does the Arab media view the rapprochement? The trip, which began on Monday in Saudi Arabiaʼs capital Riyadh, is the first international visit that Aoun has made since his term began in October. Beirut and Riyadhʼs relationship soured last year when Lebanon failed to condemn Iranian protesters at Saudi Arabiaʼs embassy in Tehran.
Regional leaders arrive in The Gambia Shuttle diplomacy moves into top gear in The Gambia on Friday as visiting ECOWAS leaders seek to convince President Jahya Jammeh to step down. Gambians DW spoke to said he should make way for his successor. The leaders of Nigiera, Liberia and Sierra Leone have arrived in The Gambia in a bid to try and convince outgoing President Jahya Jammeh to step down. This would make way for the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow next week. Gambians DW spoke to said he should make way for his successor. The leaders of Nigiera, Liberia and Sierra Leone have arrived in The Gambia in a bid to try and convince outgoing President Jahya Jammeh to step down.
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Rare Anne Frank poem sells for 140,000 euros at auction
Novak Djokovic claims Qatar Open with statement win over Andy Murray
An eight-line poem penned by teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank has gone under the hammer in the Netherlands for 140,000 euros, exceeding all presale estimates. Frank wrote the poem shortly before she went into hiding. Anne Frank wrote the book perhaps most closely associated with the Holocaust: her diary. But before she and her family went into hiding from Nazi occupiers in an Amsterdam apartment, she composed an eight-line poem on March 28, 1942. It was auctioned in Haarlem, the Netherlands, on Wednesday, selling for 140,000 euros (nearly $150,000), surpassing all presale estimates. It had been estimated to fetch 30,000-50,000 euros ($32,000-53,000) ahead of the auction.
Novak Djokovic sent a warning to rival and world number one Andy Murray with a thrilling victory in the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday.
Jens Todt appointed Hamburgʼs
Ever more power over food production is concentrated in the hands of ever fewer massive multinationals with grave implications for food security and the environment.
new sporting director Hamburg have appointed Jens Todt as their new sporting director. The long-expected move comes after the club parted ways with Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who had held the posts of both chairman and sporting director. The Bundesliga club confirmed in a statement posted on their website on Friday that Todt had taken over as their sporting director and had already joined Hamburg at their winter training camp in Dubai. Todt, who was previously the sporting director at second-tier Karlsruhe, had been rumored to be the favorite for the Hamburg job as early as November. However,Dietmar Beiersdorfer,who had been relieved of his duties as chairman in mid-December, remained the clubʼs sporting director until the end of the year.
Novak Djokovic claimed his second consecutive Qatar Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory over Andy Murray, the man who toppled him as world number one late last year. In an epic match of superb quality in Doha, Djokovic looked back to his best but missed out on three match points and had to repel a roaring Murray comeback before ending the Britonʼs
28-match, five-tournament winning streak. In their first meeting since Murray won their season-ending climax at the ATP World Tour finals, the Briton ran into a rejuvenated Djokovic who, despite having problems with his racket hand and receiving two warnings for his behavior, prevailed thrillingly in their 36th contest.
Who controls our food?
Not just biological and agricultural diversity are under threat from industrial farming: A recent report highlights the rapidly disappearing diversity of players in the food industry. According to the Corporation Atlas - released by the Heinrich-Böll and Rosa-Luxemburg foundations, Friends of the Earth Germany, Germanwatch, Oxfam and Le Monde Diplomatique - businesses throughout the entire food and agriculture food chain have
been consolidating to immense proportions. In the global agriculture sector, there have long been seven international manufacturers of pesticides and seeds, the report says. But thatʼs changing. Once German chemicals company Bayer completes itsplanned takeover of seed company Monsanto, that will make it the worldʼs biggest agrochemical producer. Meanwhile, US giants DuPont and Dow Chemicals are also planning a merger, and ChemChina wants to buy Swiss agrochemical and seed company Syngenta. "Soon, we wonʼt be dealing with an oligopoly, but three huge monopolies," Barbara Unmüßig of the Heinrich-Böll foundation told.
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Sugar-free products stop us getting slimmer But it turns out that one common substitute for sugar actually blocks the function of an enzyme that is essential for preventing obesity. For some time, nutritionists have suspected that artificial sweetener - often used as a substitute for sugar in coffee or added as an essential ingredient in diet sodas - does not help people lose weight. However, scientists have struggled to understand why this is the case. Now, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found a lead. The results of their study on this subject was published in the journal "Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism". Richard Hodinʼs team investigated a sweetener called aspartame (which has the EU ingredients code E951). Along with the salt aspartame-acesulfame (E962), it is among the most commonly used sweeteners in the world. Food producers add Aspartame to products that claim to contain "zero-sugar", such as soda drinks, sweets like bubble gum, ready-made dairy products, baked goods and instant coffee.
Kosovo urges France to release its former premier Kosovoʼs government has called on French authorities to release its former prime minister. Ramush Haradinaj has been detained facing possible extradition to Serbia to face war crimes charges. Following the arrest of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, current Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said Friday that officials expect "the French government to take into consideration that such warrants are fully political and have no legal or juridical base." Haradinajwas detained on his arrival at Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport on Wednesday, close to the Swiss and German borders. The 48-year-old leader of the opposition party Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) was travelling on a diplomatic passport when he was stopped. A former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during Kosovoʼs 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia, Haradinaj is accused by Serbia of committing war crimes including kidnappings, torture and killings against Serb civilians when he was a senior rebel commander in western Kosovo.