News: Former VW boss Martin Winterkorn accused of diesel scandal


The most important news in the short overview:

  • Dieselskandal_ former VW boss Winterkorn accused (12.53 clock)
  • Warrant published: Attorney General charged (12:02 pm)
  • EU copyright reform finally adopted (10.27 clock)
  • Manhole Cover Attack: No Evidence of Terror (9:52 am)
  • Shot from diaper bag meets father and child (3.54 clock)

The news of the day in the star-Ticker:

+++ 14:54 clock: Police in Bochum warns of new scam of thieves +++

The police in Bochum have warned of a new set of trick thieves. Criminals pose as employees of the species protection authority, said the officials in the Ruhr city. According to this, several people have already been called on the pretext that a protected bird has settled on its roof and has to be captured. The people concerned were explicitly asked where they lived and when exactly they were at home. The strangers in part told the victims that their alleged authority had been commissioned by the police on this matter. Victims of the scam were according to police seniors between the ages of 70 and 80 years. None of them had the trick been successful.

+++ 14.50 clock: gun fool with plots? Prosecutor General's Office ascertained +++

After the discovery of more than 50 weapons in a man in Hanover, the Prosecutor General Celle investigates the 29-year-old for possible plots. In addition, it was examined whether the suspect was right-wing extremist, because in him also medals and decorations were found from the Third Reich, said prosecutor Bernd Kolkmeier. “He did not tell us what he's up to,” Kolkmeier said about the weapon finds – 16 long guns, 3 submachine guns, 17 pistols, 8 revolvers and 7 signal weapons. “That is all weird and conspicuous”, so the authority responsible for investigating terrorism took over the case. Also several kilograms of ammunition had been discovered.

The suspect is in custody for violating the gun law, assault and resistance against law enforcement officials. Policemen were at the end of March in the search of his father's apartment on the weapons, about 100,000 euros and devotional discovered. The 29-year-old still has a room in his father's apartment.

+++ 14:27: Final autopsy report: Julen died shortly after fall in hole +++

Little Julen died three months ago in Totalán, southern Spain, immediately after his fall into a narrow well at his severe head injuries. The two-year-old had only lived a few minutes after the accident on January 13, according to the final report of the pathologists who carried out the autopsy. The experts concluded that the use of the rescuer with a pickaxe could be responsible for the death of the child, as speculated in a February report. Julen had fallen into an over 100-meter-deep, illegally dug hole. His body was found two weeks later at a depth of 70 meters, after helpers had painstakingly drilled a parallel shaft.

+++ 14.19 Clock: number of asylum applications in monthly comparison fell again +++

Migrants submitted 12,762 applications for asylum in Germany in March. Most applicants came from Syria, Nigeria, Iraq and Afghanistan, as the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced. The monthly trend continued to decline: 10.9 percent fewer applications were submitted in March than in February. From January to February, the number had already fallen by 16 percent. Compared to March 2018, however, there was a slight increase of 1.1 percent. The total number of applications is divided into 10,965 initial and 1,797 follow-up applications. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees decided in March on applications from 19,587 asylum seekers, which were about as many as in the previous month.

+++ 13.58 clock: Prince Charles and Camilla visit Germany +++

Prince Charles (70) and his wife Camilla (71) will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Leipzig and Munich from 7 to 10 May, as the British Embassy in Berlin announced. The visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of the British Government will “express the diversity and enduring importance of British-German relations,” it said. The program includes a meeting of Prince Charles with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. In Munich, the couple wants to participate in a meal with Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). “Of course, the couple will also make a public appearance so that as many people as possible can personally experience the two royals,” said British Ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood.

According to the information, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II was since his first visit in 1962 more than 30 times in Germany, partly private. Camilla was in Germany for the first time in 2009. The couple is married since 2005.

+++ 13:46: Blocked Rescue Vessels: Again investigation against Italy's Interior Minister Salvini +++

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is again being investigated for deprivation of liberty. This is about the case of the rescue vessel of the German aid organization Sea-Watch, which had been banned in January for several days in Italy. The rescuers had taken 47 migrants on board the Libyan coast. By the time several European states – including Germany – declared their willingness to accept the rescued at the end of January, the ship anchored off Sicily. Salvini read from a letter from the prosecutor's office at a press conference in Monza, which said that the case had been forwarded to the court responsible for investigations against government members. The public prosecutor's office had requested the termination of the procedure, explained Salvini.

Already in 2018 was determined against the boss of the right Lega for deprivation of liberty. At that time it was about the ship “Diciotti” of the Italian Coast Guard with 177 migrants on board. For nearly a week Salvini had forbidden most of the refugees to go ashore. He came around a trial because the Senate recently voted against lifting his immunity.

+++ 13:25: Israeli researchers make the first heart of human tissue in the 3D printer +++

Israeli researchers have created a mini heart of human tissue with a 3D printer. The prototype, whose cells can not yet contract synchronously, is the size of a rabbit heart, said study director Tal Dvir from Tel Aviv University. The heart is made of tissue and blood vessels and has chambers. It is comparable to the heart of a human fetus. “The heart is fully compatible with the patient because it is made from its own tissue, and therefore will not trigger an immune backlash,” said Dvir.

Now the researchers want to let the prototype mature in a special bioreactor. Within a year, such hearts should be tested in animal experiments, rabbits or rats. It will take many more years for possible clinical use in humans, said Dvir.

+++ 13:20: Right political violence in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern almost halved +++

The number of extreme right-wing political acts of violence has almost halved in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from 2017 to 2018. According to the Schwerin Ministry of the Interior, the security authorities registered 43 acts of right-wing violence last year. In the previous year, the year of the general election, there were still 84 left. The overwhelming proportion therefore had a xenophobic background. On the other hand, the number of left-wing extremist motives increased significantly from eleven to 26 cases. The aim of these acts were often allegedly right-wing political opponents. Again, the number of attacks on constituency offices increased. Out of a total of 37 attacks – after 31 in 2017 – there were 28 constituency offices of the AfD, which has been represented in the Schwerin state parliament since the end of 2016. Investigators attribute these attacks to the left-wing spectrum.

+++ 13:02: newborn drowning in the bathtub – accused mother is silent +++

In the proceedings for killing a newborn girl before the Nuremberg-Fürth district court, the accused remained silent on the first trial day. The first interrogations of the 28-year-olds are also not usable, since the woman here, no lawyer was set aside and they were not informed as defendants of their rights, said her defense lawyer. The prosecutor called the allegations against it aberrant. The criminal court must now decide whether the statements of the woman may be used in court. According to the indictment, the woman from Roth, who is already the mother of a three-year-old and a five-year-old child, has drowned her newborn baby after giving birth in the bathtub. The charge against them is manslaughter through omission.

In early 2018, she was told by the prosecutor that she was pregnant for the third time. The father of the child and her family should have kept the German secret. When her contractions started in September 2018, she was supposed to lie down in the bathtub filled with water. The girl she gave birth then left her there until she died. She had neither sought help nor tried to revive the baby. The body is said to have hidden the woman in a cardboard box. The verdict should be pronounced on April 18.

+++ 12.58 clock: Farmer should have killed wife with manure +++

In Swabia, a farmer is said to have killed his wife with manure. The Augsburg public prosecutor's office has charged the 54-year-old with charges of murder. Motive should have been the 51-year-old planned separation. The farmer had feared in the case, the assets of the couple of more than 130,000 euros can not keep to themselves, said prosecutor Matthias Nickolai. An appointment for a trial before the Augsburg district court does not yet exist.

The corpse of the woman from Wallerstein (Donau-Ries district) was discovered in September 2018 near a slurry pit. In the autopsy, manure had been found in the body, in addition, the victim should have received blows to the head. How exactly the 51-year-old should have been killed by her husband, reported Nickolai not. This must be clarified in the criminal proceedings.

+++ 12.53 clock: prosecutor charges charges against ex-VW boss Winter grain +++

The prosecutor Braunschweig has in the scandal of illegal defeat devices charged against the former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four other defendants, as the agency said. The lawsuit is directed against five executives who “committed a plurality of offenses committed in a single criminal act”. It is about a particularly serious case of fraud and a violation of the law against unfair competition. Winterkorn is also held to infidelity, because after April 25, 2014, after having known of illegal manipulations of diesel engines, he did not announce them immediately. The competent district court of Braunschweig must now decide on the admission of the charge.

+++ 12:34: Kremlin prepares meeting between Putin and Kim Jong Un +++

Russia is preparing a meeting of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin with North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un. The topped Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday in Moscow according to the agency Interfax. Such an encounter has been spoken for a long time. When and where it should come to a conversation, said Peskow but not. So far he can not say anything concrete.

South Korean media had previously reported that it could come to a meeting next week. The Kremlin chief will travel to the Far East of Russia around the 24th of April. The chances for a summit during this time are pretty good, it was said, citing unspecified sources. Putin plans to attend an international forum in Beijing on April 26 and 27.

+++ 12:29: Copenhagen: 23 arrests after riots +++

After riots during a demonstration by an Islamophobic politician in Copenhagen, the police arrested 23 people. Six of them were to be presented to a magistrate on Monday, the police told the Danish capital on Twitter.

Right-wing extremist Islam critic Rasmus Paludan called for the demonstration in Copenhagen's Nørrebro district. He was attacked, police said, by counter-demonstrators. After that, there was riots and arguments with the police until the night of Monday. Several cars and dumpsters were lit.

+++ 12:19: Study: Germans are getting richer +++

Shares and, above all, real estate make the difference: according to Bundesbank data, household wealth continues to be unevenly distributed – even though it has risen on average. This emerges from the Bundesbank study “Private households and their finances” (PHF).

Accordingly, the richest ten percent of households own 55 percent of total net assets – that is, assets minus debt. In the previous study in 2014, it was 60 percent. The lower half of households must remain satisfied with a meager 3 percent. The remainder of net wealth is owned by 40 percent of households.

+++ 12:13: Disneyland Paris waives plastic drinking straws +++

The Paris Disneyland dispenses with plastic drinking straws. The largest amusement park in Europe said that as of Thursday, only straws made of compostable paper would be handed out to visitors – and only at their express request. The measure is part of a plan to make Disneyland greener.

From next week, therefore, plastic bags will no longer be issued to guests for free, but sold for one to two euros. In addition, in several of the eight hotels that are part of the Marne-la-Vallee facility south-east of Paris, small shower or shampoo bottles are to be replaced by large bottles that can be replenished. In the EU, disposable plastic products such as drinking straws from 2021 are prohibited.

+++ 12:02: warrant on the Internet: indictment against law enforcement officials +++

In Saxony, charges have been brought against a judicial officer who, after the violent death of a German in Chemnitz, photographed a warrant for his cell phone and disclosed it to third parties. The public prosecutor Dresden accuses the suspended civil servant of “breach of official secrecy in connection with forbidden communications about court hearings”. On 24th August 2018, the confessor photographed and forwarded the arrest warrant issued the day before, thereby enabling his “uncontrolled publication”. If convicted, he faces a fine or imprisonment.

The arrest warrant had been issued against a presumptive Iraqi, but then revoked. Since March, a Syrian asylum seeker in Dresden must answer for the killing of a 35-year-old in court. He denies the allegations. The 23-year-old is said to have stabbed a 35-year-old with a fleeting Iraqi on 26 August 2018 in Chemnitz. The act had triggered xenophobic attacks and demonstrations of right-wing forces with numerous crimes.

+++ 11:56 clock: Rarest turtle species in the world just before disappearing +++

The rarest turtle species in the world is about to die out. The fourth-to-last copy of the Yangtze Giant Tortoises died Saturday in a zoo in Suzhou, China, according to Suzhou Daily. Still on Friday zoo coworkers with a last attempt had failed to artificially fertilize the approximately 90-year-old female with sperm of a likewise held in the zoo male specimen. Previous attempts had been made to naturally provide for turtle offspring in the zoo. The male is already more than 100 years old. Experts believe that there are two more giant turtles; these are to live in the wild in Vietnam. Which genders it is, is unclear.

Yangtze Giant Tortoises are the largest freshwater turtles in the world. They are up to 100 inches long and come to a weight of up to 100 pounds. Their natural habitat was the Yangtze River and other inland waters of China.

+++ 11:47: Rip Off: Custom finds 440 kilos of cocaine on cargo ship in the port of Hamburg +++

Customs officials discovered around 440 kilograms of cocaine on a cargo ship in the Port of Hamburg. The drugs were in 17 duffel bags in different rice-laden containers, Customs said. The inspection took place in the previous week on a freighter, which came from Montevideo in Uruguay. The ship was via Hamburg and the port in Antwerp, Belgium on the way to Freetown in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Such smuggling methods called Rip Off are often used for large amounts of drug by organized crime. The drug is no longer camouflaged and hidden, but deposited in easily transportable containers in containers. At the destination, offenders can then remove them quickly and unobtrusively.

+++ 11.35 clock: Tenant may keep cat recommended by the doctor in his apartment +++

In the process of a cat in an apartment, a tenant has prevailed against the landlord of Hannover against his landlady. The man may keep the pet recommended for medical reasons, the judge ruled, according to a court spokeswoman. The passage of the rental agreement cited by the landlord to justify the prohibition on retention was too general and therefore invalid. The judge referred to corresponding high court judgments of the Federal Court, which had already dealt with the issue. As a result, the interests of the parties were weighed against each other, with those of the tenant outweighing those of the landlord.

The tenant had acquired a cat on medical advice, because this “social needs” cover and serve as a “roommate”. But he had not previously obtained the consent of the landlady, which would have been required by the lease. Therefore, a lawsuit developed between the two.

+++ 11:12: investigators dig again in the decades-old case Monika Frischholz +++

The search for the 42 years missing Monika Frischholz in Bavaria continues. Police officers began excavating in the morning on another possible location of the body, the investigators said. This is according to the information on a forest edge south of the small town Waldkirch near Flossenbürg in the Upper Palatinate near the border with the Czech Republic. Only a few meters away, the police had already dug last week. According to the findings, twelve-year-old student Monika Frischholz from Flossenbürg left her parents' home on May 25, 1976 in the afternoon. A little later lost their track. The investigators assume that the girl was murdered.

In May 1976, the then 12-year-old Monika Frischholz disappeared without a trace. Now the police are digging for her

+++ 10.54 clock: Berlin Obergerichtsvollzieher should have embezzled 250,000 euros +++

In front of the Berlin district court since today a chief justice has to answer for embezzlement in almost 2500 cases. According to the indictment, the 65-year-old should not have forwarded around 250,000 euros from fees and other income from bailiff orders to the state treasury for several years. The man is accused of commercial infidelity in a particularly serious case and document suppression. At the beginning of the trial, the charges were read out. His actions are said to have been committed by the accused between early 2007 and early 2012. In total, there are 2450 individual charges.

+++ 10:47 clock: number of foreigners in Germany is increasing +++

The proportion of foreigners in Germany has continued to grow. At the end of last year, around 10.9 million foreigners lived in the country, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden. On balance, this was an increase of 2.7 percent (292,000). The 1.303 million newcomers faced 1.012 million emigrants in the Central Register of Foreigners. A total of 82,979 million people live in Germany (as of 30 September 2018).

In 2018, immigration of people with work permits from countries outside the EU has again increased significantly. By the end of 2018, a total of 266,000 people had arrived as so-called acquisition migrants (previous year: 217,000). This was an increase of more than 20 percent for the third year in a row. The main countries of origin included India (12 percent), China (9 percent), Bosnia and Herzegovina (8 percent) and the United States (7 percent). These people were on average 35 years old, most were men (68 percent). In more than 83 percent of the cases, they had a temporary residence permit. 17 percent were allowed to settle indefinitely in Germany.

+++ 10:44 clock: Two months driving ban for BVB professional Wolf +++

The driving ban for Bundesliga professional Marius Wolf of Borussia Dortmund for driving without a license has been set to two months. This was announced by the District Court in Kitzingen, Lower Franconia. It also confirmed a fine of 200,000 euros for the professional of Borussia Dortmund, who had been caught in court at the end of March 2018 on the highway 3 near Kitzingen in an inspection. At that time the professional played for Eintracht Frankfurt.

+++ 10:41 clock: AfD parliamentary vice of Storch insists on German EU exit as an option +++

AFD Group Vice Beatrix von Storch considers the option of a German EU exit in the European election campaign of her party indispensable. “We must put the possibility of a 'Dexit' in the room, so that it comes to reforms,” ​​said of Storch the “world”. The current state and emerging developments in the EU are “not in the German interest”. The AfD argues in its European election program for a “Dexit” as a “last option” from: an EU exit of Germany “or an orderly dissolution of the European Union” is necessary if the alliance is not reformed to AfD ideas.

+++ 10.28 clock: 33-year-old in Berlin xenophobic offended and attacked +++

An unknown person has offended a woman in Berlin xenophobic and physically attacked. The man is said to have kicked the 33-year-old already last week Tuesday in the stomach and have shown several times the Hitler salute, as the police announced now. The woman broke her arm but did not file a complaint until Sunday. Accordingly drove the victim in the district of Pankow with a tram in the direction of Alexanderplatz. In the train she had been offended by the man xenophobic, apparently because she had worn a headscarf. The stranger had also kicked her. When the 33-year-old exited at the S-Bahn station Greifswalder Strasse, she had followed the man and have shown several times the forbidden Hitler salute in their direction. A little later he caught up with her and kicked her in the stomach. The woman fell and injured herself. She suffered a broken arm, sprained a finger and complained of foot and back pain. The man escaped unrecognized.

+++ 10.27 clock: New EU copyright finally decided +++

The EU states have finally adopted the controversial copyright reform. The German government also voted Yes. Six countries voted against the directive, three were revealed. The legislative process is now complete – after publication in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States have two years to implement the provisions.

After there was violent protest against parts of the reform, especially in Germany, the Federal Government emphasized last, upload filters should be largely avoided in the implementation. This refers to programs that detect protected content when uploading to the Internet and sort out. By Sunday evening, several ministries were working on an addendum to the vote, setting out this goal.

+++ 10.03 clock: investigation for gunfire on car set by footballer Naki +++

The prosecutor Aachen has stopped the investigation after shots on the car of former football Bundesliga player Deniz Naki. There could be no perpetrator and no motive can be determined, said a spokeswoman for the agency “Spiegel Online”. In addition to political reasons for the attack, other motives would also be considered. However, there are no indications of a politically motivated act.

On the car Nakis had been shot twice in January 2018 on the highway 4 near his birthplace Düren. The Kurdish-born 29-year-old remained unhurt. He then spoke of an assassination of apparently political motives. Naki is considered a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The former St. Pauli player was sentenced to 18 months and 22 days in prison in April 2017 in Turkey for alleged “terrorist propaganda”.

+++ 9:52: No evidence of terrorist attack in manhole cover attack on track +++

In the case of the manhole cover attack on a regional train in North Rhine-Westphalia, the investigators have no evidence of a terrorist attack. “For a terrorist attack, there are no indications according to the current state of the investigation,” said a spokesman for the police. As several manhole covers were hanging from a bridge over the railway line between Erndtebrück and Bad Berleburg, it had been planned action. Therefore, a murder commission was set up. “We are currently not closing anything,” said the police spokesman.

Unknown people had suspended several manhole covers from a bridge on ropes over the rails on the night of Saturday, police and prosecutors said. The covers smashed through the windshield of a train of the Hessian State Railway. The 49-year-old engine driver was slightly injured. Due to a planned empty journey no passengers were on board the train.

+++ 9:46: US Army emphasizes peaceful nature of military exercise in the Persian Gulf +++

The US Army has emphasized the peaceful nature of a naval military exercise in the Persian Gulf. With the joint exercise with France and Britain off the coast of Bahrain, the three countries wanted to demonstrate their determination to ensure freedom of navigation and trade in the area, said US Navy spokeswoman Chloe Morgan. The maneuvers “Artemis Trident 19” are “exclusively defensive” nature. Nevertheless, the parties involved were prepared to “respond to any threat”. The exercise, which runs until April 19, involves a dozen ships, helicopters, and divers.

+++ 9:20: salvage of fuel rods in Fukushima has begun +++

A good eight years after the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, operator Tepco has for the first time started recovering fuel rods from one of the destroyed industrial reactors. As Tepco announced, initially seven unused fuel rods are to be taken out of the decay tank of reactor 3. There are stored a total of 566 spent and unused fuel rods. In total there are 1573 fuel rods in the three unfortunate reactors. The fuel rods are to be relocated to another, safer pool on the site of the atomic ruins. Tepco expects that the salvage will last until the end of March 2021.

Reactors 1 to 3 were destroyed on 11 March 2011 as a result of an earthquake and tsunami, it came to meltdowns. Because of the radioactive radiation around 160,000 residents had to flee at that time. Still, around 30,000 can not go back.

+++ 8.59 clock: +++ special agent in the case Lügde holds evidence of “overwhelming” +++

In Lügde's case of abuse, the special investigator of the police considers the suspects convicted. “I am convinced from a criminal point of view, that the evidence is overwhelming,” said Criminal Director Ingo Wünsch the “New Westphalian”. However, the whereabouts of about 150 data carriers of the main defendant disappeared from police stations were still unclear. In this case, police and other authorities have been under criticism for weeks. Among other things, the police in Detmold lost a suitcase and a folder with evidence. At Lügde's campsite, 40 children were allegedly sexually abused in recent years, most of them between the ages of three and 14 at the time of the crime.

+++ 8.47 clock: New property tax administration will allegedly cost millions +++

The reform of property tax will lead according to a “picture” report to millions of administrative burdens. As the newspaper reports, citing the bill from the Treasury Department, thousands of tax officials would be required to handle the millions of additional tax returns. In 2023 alone, 3547 workers will be needed. The personnel costs in the tax offices therefore amount to 538 million euros. For homeowners nationwide with around 500,000 euros in material costs to be expected, quoted the newspaper further from the draft. After a court ruling, property tax has to be re-regulated by the end of the year because the required unit values ​​are completely obsolete. The reform must be implemented by 2024 at the latest.

+++ 8.14 clock: Verdi calls for strikes on Amazon around the Easter business +++

The union Verdi has announced around the Easter business strikes at the online retailer Amazon. Workers at the Rheinberg and Werne sites in North Rhine-Westphalia laid down work at night, and the strike is expected to continue until Thursday, Verdi said. The business is going on strike before the Easter holidays, and also at other locations, it could “come to work stoppages at any time during Easter”, the union announced. For years, Verdi has been demanding that Amazon employees pay by retail rate. Amazon rejects this so far and emphasizes again and again, in its logistics centers are paid at the top of what is customary for comparable activities.

+++ 7:59: “Game of Thrones” fans in the early morning in final season +++

The award-winning fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” has started its eighth and final season. The approximately 55-minute opening sequence started in the US on Sunday evening in the final season. In Germany, the consequences since early this morning on the pay-TV channel Sky can be seen. According to the creators, the remaining five episodes will be the biggest TV battle ever in history. On May 20, the saga ends with a roughly 80-minute finale.

+++ 7.40 clock: Trump congratulates Golfstar Woods to fifth Masters triumph +++

US President Donald Trump has congratulated golf star Tiger Woods on his fifth triumph at the Masters. “A really great champion,” Trump wrote after the American's victory at the Augusta traditional tournament. “What a fantastic comeback for a great guy,” Trump wrote, looking at the 43-year-old's many sporting, health and personal setbacks. “I love people who are under great pressure.”

+++ 6:50 am: American Airlines drops 115 flights per day +++ due to flight ban for Boeing 737 MAX

Due to the ongoing ban on the Boeing 737 MAX, American Airlines is canceling 115 flights per day in the coming months. Airline boss Doug Parker stated that this corresponds to approximately 1.5 per cent of the daily offered flights in the summer. For now, American Airlines is not planning to launch a Boeing 737 MAX until August 19th. At the same time, Parker expressed his confidence in the machine, which had come under criticism after two aviation catastrophes. He assumes that the Boeing 737 MAX is allowed to fly again before 19 August. American Airlines has 24 machines of this type.

737 MAX crash: Relatives sue Boeing

+++ 6.07 clock: SPD criticized Merkel because of meeting only Poroshenko +++

The foreign policy spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, Nils Schmid, has criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) for her meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “It is a political mistake and strange that Mrs. Merkel Poroshenko has met one and a half weeks before the election (in Ukraine),” said Schmid the “mirror”. “That's how the impression of unilateral partisanship came about.” Merkel would have better – as French President Emmanuel Macron – the conversation with the challenger Volodymyr Selenskyj should seek.

Government forces and separatists supported by Russia have been fighting each other for five years in eastern Ukraine. Merkel had Poroshenko received on Friday and justified this by having to discuss urgent issues with him. She did not accept that she was campaigning for him. The run-off between Poroshenko and Selenskyj will take place on 21st April (Easter Sunday).

Video: Merkel receives Ukrainian President Poroshenko

+++ 5:51 clock: Ecuador defended again withdrawal of asylum for Assange +++

Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has again defended the withdrawal of asylum for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Moreno told the newspaper “The Guardian” that Assange had tried to set up a “center for espionage” in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The previous government in Quito had allowed the embassy to intervene in the “other states' trials”. Assange also treated embassy staff badly and threatened legal action, Moreno said. The withdrawal of asylum was not arbitrary, but based on international law. Assange was arrested on Thursday after seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

+++ 4.49 clock: New Zealand special forces search in Syria abducted nurse +++

New Zealand special forces are looking for a New Zealand nurse abducted more than five years ago in Syria. Vice-Premier Winston Peters said Louisa Akavi was probably still in the hands of the terrorist group Islamic State. In the effort to find her, a team of elite soldiers had been sent to Iraq. Members of the team have repeatedly traveled to Syria to track down Akavi.

Akavi was abducted in October 2013 along with six other people while traveling in a relief convoy of the Red Cross in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib. Four of the abductees were released the following day, but not the 62-year-old and two Syrian drivers. The kidnapping has been kept secret so far, so that the case receives no international attention that could have hurt Akavi. Yesterday, however, the Red Cross asked for clues about the whereabouts of the abductees. There are indications that Akavi was alive at the end of 2018.

+++ 3.54 clock: pistol shot from the diaper bag – father and daughter injured +++

An inadvertently fired shot from a pistol in a diaper bag has injured a father and daughter in Alabama, USA. The man wanted to change the diaper in a car park near Birmingham his daughter in the back of his car and reached into the diaper bag, as the shot from the hidden weapon dissolved, reported the CNN transmitter. After the police investigation, the bullet first pierced the man's leg, then injured the toddler's leg before penetrating the father's chest. The girl's state of health was said to be stable and her father's injuries were described as potentially life-threatening.

+++ 2.34 clock: Democrats criticize Trump for video to Muslim MP +++

The US Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of endangering Muslim MP Ilhan Omar by distributing a video. The House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, called on Trump to erase the “disrespectful and dangerous video” about Omar's comments on the 9/11 attacks. “His hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates a real danger,” Pelosi told the president. She ordered the congressional police to conduct a security check to protect Omar, her family, and her staff.

Trump had spread a video via Twitter last Friday. In it – accompanied by threatening music – a section of a speech of Omar with pictures of the terrorist attacks of September 11 is cut. The Democrat MEP had said in March with a view to the attacks: “Some people have done something”. Critics put her as a trivialization of the attacks with about 3,000 dead.

+++ 0.43 Bergman actress Bibi Andersson died at the age of 83 years +++

Swedish actress Bibi Andersson, known for her roles in Ingmar Bergman films, is dead. Andersson died yesterday at the age of 83, as her daughter told AFP. The actress had starred in Bergman classics such as “Wild Strawberries”, “The Seventh Seal” (both 1957) and “Persona” (1966). Even as a 15 -year-old Andersson had started to work with Bergman – as a soap advertising actress. During her career she has been awarded numerous prizes. In 1963 she won the silver bear of the Berlinale for her role in “Sleeping Compartment” by Swedish director Vilgot Sjöman. She shot films until the year 2009. After a stroke, she was partially paralyzed.

+++ 0.17 Clock: Iranian sentenced to a year in jail for headscarf protests +++

An Iranian woman has been sentenced to one year in her homeland for protesting against headscarves. Among other things, Vida Movahedi was convicted of “incitement to debauchery,” her lawyer Payam Derafshan told AFP. The verdict was therefore already in March. The woman was arrested in October when she took off her hijab at the Revolution Square in the capital Tehran. Already in December 2017, Movahedi had publicly removed her hijab – a gesture of protest that was later imitated by women in several cities.

Islamic body covering: Burka, Nikab, Hijab - do you know the difference?

The dress code introduced in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution forbids women to go public without a headscarf. The headscarf commandment is seen by many as a symbol of the oppression of women in Iran. Conservatives, on the other hand, see the headscarf as the central expression of the Islamic social order.

+++ 0.16 clock: Social Democrats by counting all votes in Finland forward +++

In Finland, the Social Democrats around their leader Antti Rinne have won the general election with provisional figures by a narrow margin. The party comes after counting 100 percent of the votes on 40 of the 200 seats in the Finnish parliament. The preliminary calculations are completed, the Finnish Ministry of Justice said. The official final result should be published by Wednesday. Rinne said his party had become the strongest force in Finland for the first time since 1999. He wants to form a government by the end of May.

In second and third place came the right-wing populist party The Finns and the Conservative National Collection Party with 39 and 38 seats. The former Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and his Liberal Center Party came with strong losses and 31 seats only to fourth place.


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