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Greece and Macedonia strike deal on name dispute Greece and Macedonia have reached an agreement in their long-running dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic. Senior officials from both the EU and NATO have welcomed the agreement. Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FRYOM) on Tuesday announced an historic agreement to resolve a decades-long name dispute that has hampered relations between the two countries and left Macedonia with its rather unwieldy formal name. Ministers from the both countries agreed on "Republic of Northern Macedonia" as the Balkan countryʼs new official name. Greeceʼs Alexis Tsipras andMacedoniaʼs Zoran Zaevannounced the agreement shortly after speaking by phone. Tsipras went on to tell Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a televised meeting: "Iʼm happy because we have a good deal which covers all the preconditions set by the Greek side."
Italy stands by decision to reject boat of migrants as row with France escalates Italy has remained firm in its decision to shut its ports to a ship carrying more than 600 migrants. But Rome insisted it is still willing to help asylum-seekers — under certain conditions. Italy said on Wednesday that it stood behind its decision to reject port for the French NGO rescue ship Aquarius following sharp criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron, but added it would continue to allow Italian vessels carrying shipwrecked migrants in its ports. "We will not change (our position) on ships belonging to non-governmental organizations," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is the head of the antiimmigrant League party in Italy, said in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
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USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup The North Americans beat out a competing bid from Morocco
Members of world footballʼs governing body FIFA have voted to award the right to host the 2026 World Cup to the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Tesla slashes 3,000 jobs in cost-cutting endeavor US electric carmaker Tesla has announced it will cut about 9 percent of its global workforce to enhance profitability. CEO Elon Musk insisted that Model 3 production would not be affected by the move. Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tuesday his company was cutting some 9 percent of jobs across the company. Teslaʼs latest annual filing last December showed it had 37,543 full-time employees. He added the move was meant
to help bring down costswithout endangering the critical ramp-up of Teslaʼs Model 3 sedan production. Musk noted the cuts were part of a simplification scheme promised last month and affecting the carmakerʼs management structure. "As part of the need to reduce costs and become profitable, we have made the difficult decision to let go of approximately 9 percent of our colleagues," Musk said in an email to staff.
A 7,000-meter-tall mountain — simulated in a laboratory This mountain has no peaks and offers no beautiful views — it is located inside a research facility in Cologne. Two mountain climbers have volunteered to spend four weeks there, under extreme atmospheric conditions. Ralf Dujmovits is the only German mountain climber who made it to all 14 mountains that are taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). Since mid-May,
he and his wife — Canadian climber Nancy Hansen — have been living on top of a very special 7,000-meter-tall mountain: in an area of only 110 square meters and located in Cologne, Germany, not much above sea level. DWSports journalist and passionate climber Stefan Nestler is covering the experiment of the two at the Envihab — a medical research laboratory of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Berlinʼs SPD wants to fund porn to fight sexism Berlinʼs SPD has come up with a scheme to publicly fund feminist porn and distribute it for free via public broadcasters. The party wants to cater to teens who look for porn online, but donʼt always like what they find. Like most of her friends, 20-year-old student Franzi started watching porn when she was 13. "The women are so loud in porn that I felt like my partner would think I wasn’t enjoying it when we were having sex, because he would have also watched porn and would expect moaning of some sort," she says. An absence of female agency is another thing she takes issue with. "It normalizes acts like men cumming on your face and breasts, and makes girls think that they have to do certain things. For example, most girls I grew up with thought that blow jobs were just a given. Basically, male gratification is made to seem much more important than female gratification."
Yemen: Saudi-led coalition launches attack to recapture Hodeidah port city The exiled Yemeni government said the attack will "cut off the hands of Iran, which has long drowned Yemen in weapons that shed precious Yemeni blood." But a regional expert told DW the humanitarian crisis could worsen. A coalition of mostly Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia launched an attack on Wednesday to recapture the Yemeni port city from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
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Putin sympathizer among local German politicians sentenced for election fraud Five local lawmakers have been sentenced for election fraud in western Germany. Among them is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn criticism for his trips to Crimea and eastern Ukraine. A regional court in the western German city of Osnabrück this week handed down sentences for five individuals — four of them members of the socialist Left Party — found guilty of election fraud. Four of the defendants, who ran for city council in Quakenbrück, Lower Saxony, were given suspended prison sentences on Monday of between seven and 18 months. Among them was Andreas Maurer, who heads the Left Party in the region. He received a suspended sentence of seven months and one week. A fifth individual was ordered to pay a fine for aiding and abetting election fraud. Maurer, a 48year-old former postman, was born in Kazakhstan and moved to Germany in the late 1980s. He made headlines in Germany recently for traveling to Russian-occupied Crimea and visitingpro-Russian separatists in Ukraineʼs Donbass region.
Golf: Patrick Reed defeats toptier competition to win Masters The world number 24 beat out three rivals in the top ten to take home the $2 million prize. The man dubbed "Captain America" compared himself to golfing "legends" like Tiger Woods. Patrick Reed beat his countrymen Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, as well as rival Rory McIlroy, to win the first major title of his career at the Masters on Sunday. The 27year-old finished with a 15-under 273, beating out Fowler who was one stroke behind.
Toyota invests record sum in ridehailing firm Grab
Can plastic recycling solve the fast-fashion problem?
Toyota has announced it is pumping $1 billion into Grab, the leading ride-share company in Southeast Asia. Initially cautious about ridesharing, Japanʼs top automaker is now aggressively playing catch-up.
Fashion firms are tapping into growing public outrage at plastic pollution by offering snazzy garments made from old water bottles and other waste. But will it catch on — and can it make a difference? Old fishing nets, plastic bottles and threadbare tires are generally consigned to the landfill, or end up in our oceans. But one ecominded fashion firm is turning that waste into jackets, sneakers and flipflops in a rainbow of hues. "Plastic pollution is a huge topic right now — also within the industry," Carolina Álvarez-Ossorio, spokeswoman for Ecoalf, said speaking in the Spanish companyʼs new Berlin store. There, participants in a green tour of Berlin sit on a massive semi-circular sofa made from old plastic bottles, as they listen to a talk about the firmʼs history and environmental philosophy. Around them, minimalist t-shirts and padded coats — also made from plastic bottles — hang on racks.
Toyota said on Wednesday it was investing $1 billion (€850 million) in Asian ride-sharing company Grab, with the Japanese carmaker looking to expand beyond its core business and get a foot in the door of the mobility services sector. Initially, the maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models had not shown much interest in ridesharing,but has been trying to catch
up in recent years. Its $1 billion deal with Grab is the biggest single investment by a carmaker in a ride-sharing service so far. In a statement, Toyota said the deal was "aimed at achieving connectivity for Grabʼs rental car fleet across Southeast Asia and at rolling out various connected services throughout the region that utilize vehicle data" stored by the carmaker.
Take a first peek at Budapest’s 2018 pop-up park Hungary’s Hello Wood organisation first constructed an eyecatching pop-up park of creatively crafted wooden benches in central Pest’s often-underused Városháza Park in 2017 – and we are happy to report that passers-by will once again be free to lounge on wildly curvaceous seats in the same site this summer. Over the weekend, We Love Budapest noticed that several new Hello Wood structures were already in place at this open space by Deák tér, with more building materials piled up nearby to indicate that this year’s pop-up park
will be bigger and more colourful. The extra-experimental carpenters of Hello Wood were originally inspired to fill Városháza Park with functional art pieces after noticing how this central Budapest square was usually empty. When designing the long wavy benches that filled the pop-up park in early July of 2017, the primary goal was to welcome the public into this urban oasis. Their efforts worked wonderfully – all summer long, people filled these intriguing lounge areas where the artful benches provided a variety of options to take it easy for awhile, whether sitting upright to read or lying back to sunbathe.
English-Language Daytime Science Camps Center of Scientific Wonders (Csopa) 6/12/2018 - 8/31/2018 The fascinating Center of Scientific Wonders in Budapest now awaits children aged between 8 and 12 with exciting English-language daytime science camps. Kids who wish to dig deeper into the nature of sciences and art can get an insight into what it is like working in a laboratory, at an interactive exhibition, or at a scientific auditorium while they also get a chance to spread the wings of their creativity.
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Germany to miss 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target Economic and population growth are to blame for Germany missing its climate protection target. One of the leaders of the Greens said figures show that Chancellor Angela Merkel has more bark than bite on climate change. Germany is set to miss its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target by 8 percent, according to German weekly magazine Der Spiegel. The German governmentset itself the goal of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions until 2020 by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. But a draft government report estimates that the country will only be able to reduce emissions by 32 percent. Officials had previously estimated a shortfall of 5 percent to 8 percent. The document blames "unexpected economic developments and unexpected population growth" for the failure to meet the target. Increased economic activity and strong population growth generally cause an uptick in emissions due to increased use of fossil fuel energy. "The climate protection report shows a gigantic gap between the governmentʼs words and deeds when it comes to climate protection," the German branch of the environmental protection group WWF said in a statement. "Itʼs a 120-decibel alarm and the government has to show it has heard it."