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Tunisia Prime Minister: ʼWe bear no responsibility for Berlin attackʼ Tunisiaʼs Youssef Chahed has rebuffed any responsibility for the events that led to a Tunisian national perpetrating the Berlin Christmas attack. Chahed is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Ahead of Tuesdayʼs state visit to Berlin, Tunisiaʼs Prime Minister Youssef Chahed rebuffed any responsibility for the events leading up to Decemberʼs terror attack in Berlin, in whicha Tunisian national due to be deportedkilled 12 people and injured more than 50 others. Ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chahed told Tuesdayʼs edition of the German "Bild" newspaper: "Let me make one thing perfectly clear - the Tunisian authorities did not commit a single error." German authorities had been monitoring the assailant, Anis Amri, for over a year before the Berlin attack and had rejected his asylum request last June. However, German immigration authorities had failed to deport him after Tunisia had not issued a replacement passport that would have allowed him to return.
Serial dog thief on the loose in Munich A golden retriever has been reunited with his family after being kidnapped and sold on Ebay to an unsuspecting dog lover. Unidentified livestock professionals are also stealing cows in eastern Germany. The floppy-eared, seven-year-old Luca was returned to his grateful family six days after disappearing near Theodor-Heuss-Platz in east Munich, the local German paper "Merkur" reported on Tuesday. The dogʼs return marked a happy ending to one of a series of dog abductions that has plagued the region for over a year and which police attribute to a single individual who remains at large. Lucaʼs family notified the local police and the Munich animal shelter when Luca failed to return home hours after giving his owner the slip on Friday, February 3."He usually makes his own way home" if he runs off after something to eat or in pursuit of a female dog, Lucaʼs owner Ewa R. told Merkur. "But this time we waited in vain. We were desperate."
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Malaysia police arrest one woman, seek accomplices over death of Kim Jong-nam Authorities are searching for a second woman who escaped with suspect Doan Thi Huong
Police in Malaysia detained one woman thought to have assassinated the older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Toshiba shares dive as chairman quits Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has delayed an anxiously awaited nine-month earnings report as it sorts out cost overruns at its US nuclear arm. The companyʼs chairman, Shigenori Shiga, announced his resignation. Toshiba said Tuesday its Chairman Shegenori Shiga was stepping down from his post as the company warned it was set to book multibillion-dollar losses in its US nuclear business. Shares in Toshiba plummeted 8 percent earlier in the day after the Japanese firm post-
poned the release of financial results. The company surprised markets by saying its nine-month earnings report "had not yet become available." The drop in share value was also sparked by a report in the "Nikkei" business daily which said Toshiba was going to issue awarning to shareholdersthat its future was in jeopardy. On Tuesday, the company forecast a net loss of 390 billion yen ($3.4 billion, 3.2 billion euros) for the current fiscal year to March, with losses in its atomic division topping 700 billion yen.
Stars of the silver screen descend on London as ʼLa La Landʼ wins Best Film BAFTA Following its Golden Globes success, the musical throwback to the 1950s dominated the BAFTA awards with five gongs, including Best Film. Casey Affleck and Emma Stone picked up the Best Actor and Best Actress awards. The romantic musical "La La Land" dominated the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) on Sunday evening, winning five prizes including Best Picture. Its co-star Emma Stone took home the Best Actress award and Damien Chazelle won Best Director. It also picked up gongs for Best Cinematography and Best Original Music. However, the movieʼs male lead, Ryan Gosling,
couldnʼt take home the Best Actor award. That honor went to Casey Affleck for his role in the drama "Manchester by the Sea." The BAFTAs are often seen as an indicator for who will win big at the Hollywood Academy Awards, held two weeks later. "La La Land," a throwback to the heyday of Hollywood musicals, leads the Oscars race with a record-tying 14 nominations. It also scooped a record six Golden Globes in January. Other major winners on Sunday evening were Dev Patel, who won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Lion," which charts the real-life story of an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple.
Indonesia cracks down on condom sales on Valentineʼs Day Restrictions on Valentineʼs Day come amid concern over the growing influence of hardline Islam. Local authorities in parts of Indonesia said Valentineʼs Day is against cultural norms. Authorities in parts of Indonesia on Tuesday cracked down on condom sales and banned students from celebrating Valentineʼs Day, saying the romantic holiday encourages unmarried sex and is against cultural norms in the worldʼs most populous Muslim country. Police in the city of Makassar on Sulawesi Island raided supermarkets and seized condoms as part of an operation to warn against selling contraceptives to teenagers and unmarried people. "These raids were done after we received reports from residents that the minimarts were selling condoms in an unregulated way, especially on Valentineʼs Day," Makassar police official Jufri was quoted as saying in a media report.
Police in Hong Kong found guilty of assaulting protestor Seven officers have been found guilty of causing bodily harm to social worker Kenneth Tsang, a prominent pro-democracy advocate. Footage of the attack sparked outrage around the world during 2014ʼs massive protests. Seven police officers in Hong Kong were found guilty on Tuesday of assaulting an activist during the territoryʼs 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations. The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
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Council of Europe accuses Turkey of violating human rights The Council of Europe has accused Ankara of violating human rights by limiting free speech and influencing the judiciary. The human rights commissioner asked Erdoganʼs administration to lift the state of emergency. Nils Muiznieks, the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, on Wednesday called on Ankara to "urgently change course" by re-establishing judicial independence and securing citizensʼ right to free speech. "The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorship," Muiznieks said in a statement. Muiznieks urged Ankara to revoke the current state of emergency, saying that an attempted coup and terror threats could not justify "an unprecedented infringement of media freedom" or "a clear disavowal of rule of law and due process." The human rights commissionerʼs 25-page report was based on visits to Turkey in April and September 2016.
Huawei strong, but Apple hard to beat A new study has revealed that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has managed to gain ground on Samsung and Apple in terms of market share. But the US giant in particular is still in a different league. Chinese smartphone producer Huawei made big strides last year to narrow the gap between itself and its main rivals Samsung and Apple, the Gartner consultancy group reported Wednesday. In 2016, Huawei saw its sales leap by 26.7 percent, while the South Korean and US competitors both saw their sales decline
by 4.3 percent, the study pointed out. As a result, Huawei was able to increase its share of the smartphone market to 8.9 percent in 2016 from 7.3 percent a year earlier, while Samsungʼs market share shrank two percentage points to 20.5 percent and Appleʼs dipped to 14.4 percent from 15.9 percent in 2015.
Are your Valentineʼs roses harming the planet? If one flower has become synonymous with Valentineʼs Day, itʼs the rose. The fragrant blooms are everywhere, from 24-hour gas stations to fancy florists. It is a busy time of year for the farms that dot the landscape surrounding Lake Naivasha. The towns and villages around Kenyaʼs second-largest freshwater lake are the heart of the countryʼs cut flower industry. The first farm was established there in 1982, and since
then, the industry has bloomed to 60 farms and 50,000 workers. Some liken the area in Africaʼs Great Rift Valley to the gold rush towns of Wild West California, to which speculators flocked to seek out their fortunes. Except that now, the treasure is flowers. During most of the 20th century, the Netherlands was the worldʼs largest grower of cut flowers. Although it still holds the top spot, accounting for some 10 percent of the market, other countries are catching up.
Lance Armstrong faces $100m lawsuit filed by US government The disgraced cyclist has paid out more than $10 million in damages after admitting to doping in 2013. US Postal Service (USPS) banner.
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Germany: seventh record year in a row Tourism is booming in Germany. Overnight stays by foreigners rose to 80.8 million. The number of overnight stays in Germany was three percent higher in 2016 than the year before. According to new figures from the Federal Statistical Office, the number of overnight stays in Germany was three percent higher in 2016 than the year before, rising to a record 447.3 million. The attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach last summer and the attack in Berlin in December that killed twelve people and injured many more had raised concerns that visitors might stay away. Overnight stays by foreigners rose one percent to 80.8 million. Germans accounted for the other 366.5 million. That figure was up three percent. The numbers refer to stays in hotels and other commercial establishments with 10 or more beds and in tourist campsites.
Venezuelan vice president in hot water over drug trafficking allegations The US has accused Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami of being a drug "kingpin." This is one of a series of allegations Washington has brought against the South American nation. Tobias Käufer reports from Bogota. Venezuelaʼs socialists see Tarek El Aissami as a future leader. The 42-year-old career politician has risen quickly up the party ranks to advance to the center of power. He was 33 years old when the revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez appointed him minister of the interior and granted him access to police and security services in the South American country. Just weeks ago, President Nicolas Maduro made him his deputy, sending a signal domestically and abroad that Venezuelaʼs crisis-ridden leader had chosen his successor. But now El Aissami of all people is under suspicion for drug trafficking - at least that is what Washington says. The United States governmentimposed sanctions against the politician and blacklisted him as an international drug trafficker.