In 1990, local politician Wolfhard Molkentin was desperately looking for someone from his CDU party to stand in the first election of a newly reunified Germany in a Baltic coast constituency, when someone whispered "Merkel" in his ear.
London Fashion Week closed with a flourish Tuesday, the first major return to live runway shows in the British capital in 18 months following the coronavirus pandemic.
This is Canterbury's annual plastic duck raceLocation: River Stour, England4,000 yellow ducks floated down the riverin a fundraising event held by the local Rotary ClubEach duck is sponsored for £1 ($1.37)with the sponsor of the winning duck scooping a cash prize of £250 ($343)The money raised goes to local and international causes
British police on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to charge a third Russian man with the Novichok poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in 2018.
She kicked off her run in the dance competition after her parents served prison time in the college admissions scandal.
Featuring 27 indoor and outdoor attractions such as rainbow-coloured slides, serpentine tube slides and wave pools across an area spanning nearly 6.5 hectares (16 acres), Ocean Park's Water World operated at half capacity under COVID-19 safety measures."We've all been stuck here for too long. The recreational options, the leisure options in Hong Kong, I think most people have tried them all already. So to have a brand new, world-class water park to open, I think should bring fun, should bring joy, should bring adventure," Ocean Park Corporation Chairman Lau Ming-wai told reporters.The attraction, which suffered years of delays and was slated to open in 2017, is nearly twice as big as Hong Kong's previous water park, which closed its doors in 1997.
Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong's film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle -- Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere.
New Delhi on Tuesday warned the UK that its citizens would face reciprocal measures over London's new "discriminatory" Covid-19 rules requiring travellers from India to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.
Warming sea temperatures, pollution and dynamite fishing are causing Adriatic marine forests to disappear, a worrying trend which prompted Albanian experts to join a Mediterranean programme to restore them with 'good algaes'.
The Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption on land in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso municipality on the island of La Palma and to urge sightseers attracted by the phenomenon to stay away.People from the neighborhood of Tacande Alto were evacuated late Monday (September 20) and early Tuesday (September 21) after a new stream of lava started flowing from another crack on the slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, El Paso's mayor Sergio Rodriguez told state broadcaster TVE.About 6,000 of the 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption so far, TVE said.
Mourners left flowers and candles outside Perm State University, around 800 miles east of Moscow, after the gunman went on a rampage, killing at least six people and injuring many more.The gunman was wounded after resisting arrest, and was being treated in hospital, the Investigative Committee law enforcement agency said in a statement.University spokesperson Natalia Pechishcheva earlier said the shooter had been "liquidated" but later said he was in police custody. Footage from the scene showed his body lying on the ground outside the university building.Local media identified the gunman as an 18-year-old student who had earlier posted a photo of himself on social media, posing with a rifle, helmet and ammunition. That photo could not be independently verified.
Pope Francis joked that "some people wanted me dead" and cardinals were already preparing to replace him after his colon surgery this summer, according to a media report Tuesday.
The Taliban say they have changed since their 1996-2001 rule, when they barred women from leaving home without a male relative and shuttered schools for girls, but they stirred skepticism when they said last week that they would open schools for high school-aged boys but not girls."The Ministry of Education is working hard to provide the ground for the education of high school girls as soon as possible," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters at a news conference in Kabul. Younger girls in primary schools have already resumed studies in segregated classes.Amnesty International on Tuesday released a briefing on the deterioration of human rights since the Taliban took over, saying some women's rights were under threat while protests on the matter had been violently suppressed.
Belgian choreographer Jan Fabre, one of Europe's most celebrated and controversial artists, will face trial next year on charges of sexual harassment and indecent assault, a court ruled Tuesday.
Speaking to Turkish broadcaster Haberturk, Karzai said Afghanistan will not be a well-off country without educated women."We will not give up on that," he said.Most schools in the capital Kabul have stayed shut since the Taliban captured the city just over a month ago. Taliban officials say they will not return to the fundamentalist policies - including a ban on girls receiving an education - when they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.They have now promised that girls will be able to study - but only in segregated classrooms.The Taliban promised to "work hard" on girls' high school education, appoint women to cabinet positions, while vowing to build a "positive and good" relationship with the United States.
BMW and Mercedes-maker Daimler are being sued for refusing to speed up the shift to zero-emission vehicles. German green group Deutsche Umwelthilfe confirmed to Reuters that it filed the legal action on Monday (September 20) evening. It's the first time that German citizens have sued private firms for exacerbating climate change. Other activists including Greenpeace plan a similar case against Volkswagen. The moves come after Germany's top court last year ruled that the country's climate law was not doing enough to protect future generations, and set carbon emissions budgets for major sectors. Now the case demands that the firms set a 2030 date for phasing out combustion-engined vehicles, and take steps to limit their emissions before then. Both have so far avoided committing to an end date for traditional cars. BMW and Daimler confirmed to Reuters that they have not accepted the demands, though Daimler does aim to produce only EVs by 2030BMW wants half its sales to be electric by then. If the two firms lose, more cases are expected against other companies such as airlines and energy providers.Oil giant Shell has already lost a similar case in the Netherlands.
"Our relations are very difficult," Beaune told reporters ahead of a meeting of EU counterparts in Brussels. "We cannot act as if nothing happened. We need to look into all options."Beaune welcomed support from EU foreign ministers at a meeting late on Monday (September 20), stressing that this an EU matter, rather than just a French problem.
The dog walked off-camera and pulled down the BBC's Carol Kirkwood -- and it all happened on live TV.
Myanmar's junta has put ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for incitement, her lawyer said Tuesday, the latest in a list of charges that could see her jailed for decades.
European Union foreign ministers expressed support for France in its submarine order dispute with Australia during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.Australia said last week it would scrap a $40 billion submarine order from Paris in favor of a U.S. and British deal that's enraged France.It includes at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology and a trilateral security partnership under the name AUKUS.After a closed-door meeting at the annual UN gathering of world leaders, European Union Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrel, said “more cooperation” was needed among leaders and “less fragmentation.”"The position has been this clear expression of solidarity with France, and the consideration that this was not a bilateral issue but a relationship with European Union that affects all of us. And also the fact that it doesn't go in the direction of a greater cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, which is our purpose."French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave the U.S a dressing down earlier on Monday, accusing U.S. President Joe Biden of continuing his predecessor Donald Trump’s foreign policies.“Yes, it is a disappointment. We thought unilateralism, unpredictability, brutality and not respecting your partner was part of the past but it continues so we want to understand.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there will not be an opportunity to address the issue with French President Emmanuel Macron this week.Meanwhile, Biden and Macron are set to speak by phone in the next few days.White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said she expected Biden to "reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing.”It’s not clear what impact the security partnership will have on next month’s fresh rounds of EU-Australia trade talks.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Saturday (September 18) that it was accelerating expulsions to Haiti, sending more agents to the area and taking other steps to address the humanitarian and political challenge posed by thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions under the bridge that links Del Rio with Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.Many of the returnees who spoke to Reuters said they had left their troubled homeland and initially settled in South America.They headed north more recently because they could not attain legal status or struggled with racism and securing decent jobs.
Thousands of Nicaraguans over the age of 30 queue to receive the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as the Central American country sees an increase in coronavirus cases.
Shares of Chinese property developer Evergrande plunged by as much as 7% on Tuesday.That's after it tumbled 10% the previous day.It has two repayment deadlines looming ahead, one this Thursday.Investors fear the giant could default on its mountain of debt, and spark a failure throughout China's property sector and everything exposed to it: first the banks, then the broader market.Evergrande has $305 billion in liabilities, equivalent to 2% of China's GDP.The pressure to sell was high in Asia. The Hang Seng Index was at its lowest point in 11 months in morning trade.Japan's Nikkei fell nearly 2%, returning from a Monday holiday.A S&P report on Monday said there was a slim chance of Beijing bailing out the firm.S&P Global Ratings believed Beijing would "only be compelled to step in if there is a far-reaching contagion causing major developers to fail and posing systemic risks to the economy."And that - "Evergrande failing alone would unlikely result in such a scenario."Evergrande's chairman Hui Ka Yan tried to downplay its debt crunch, though.In a letter to staff on Tuesday, coinciding with China's mid-autumn festival, he said the firm will 'walk out of its darkest moment', and deliver property projects as pledged.Investors in Evergrande, however, remained on edge.The Chinese government has been largely quiet about Evergrande on the public holiday.There was no mention of the firm's troubles in major state media.