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Chancellor Merkel’s approval rating rises in polls as parties stay close

A few weeks ago people were questioning whether the “Schulz effect” had run its course. The latest polls show the the former EU parliamentary president and the chancellor are closer than ever.In the latest opinion poll published Friday, Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz closed in on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic …


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Russian hackers use Dutch polls as practice

The Dutch government, like its German and French counterparts, fears that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming election through hacking schemes and by spreading fake news. Thessa Lageman reports.It shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but the audacity remains breathtaking: In the past six months, foreign countries, in particular Russia, have tried hacking email …


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WikiLeaks announces tech firm cooperation

The anti-secrecy platform WikiLeaks has said it would work with tech firms to fix security flaws before publishing them. Customers’ trust in firms like Google and Apple has already been eroded by the Snowden leaks.Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and other major tech companies have been faced with new dilemmas by the latest WikiLeaks release. The …


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Most Israelis oppose soldier’s manslaughter conviction

The trial of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria was contentious from the start. He was found guilty of manslaughter for killing an injured Palestinian assailant and sentenced to 18 months. Calls for a pardon prevail.An 18-month prison sentence and demotion to the rank of private: Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in the fatal …


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France’s Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti over headscarf

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti. The far-right leader refused to wear a headscarf for the tete-a-tete with one of the country’s foremost religious figures.The National Front (FN) party leader was on a three-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her credentials as a presidential candidate when she …



UAB holds 20th Annual Banking Conference in Beirut

The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) will hold the 20th edition of its Annual Banking Conference on 19 November in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference is entitled “Through Financial Inclusion: 2015-2020 Map” and will be held in coordination with a number of international regulatory institutions. The conference is considered one of the most significant annual conferences …


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How one Egyptian family’s $6bn enterprise has spanned the globe

From the smallest of islands to one of the greatest expanses on Earth, Egypt’s Mansour Group has become a $6bn-plus international empire in just two generations. The Egyptian family firm, now the country’s second largest by revenues, has operations in 120 countries, with 60,000 staff, and is growing at 10-20 percent annually. Not bad for …


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Underinvestment threatens Germany's midsize companies

German industry and government leaders are worried about underinvestment and a lack of new heads for small and mid-sized industrial firms. These companies form the foundation Germany's economy. Too little investment, too much bureaucracy, greying CEOs, and a shortage of up-and-coming managers: Those are some of the threats to Germany's small and mid-sized companies (SMEs) that the country needs to…


Croatia docked one point, fined for swastika symbol

A swastika was painted on to the pitch hours before Croatia's Euro 2016 qualifier versus Italy, which was staged behind closed doors. UEFA have handed down several increased sanctions for 'racist behavior'. Croatia have been forced to play their next two matches behind closed doors and have been stripped of one point in Euro 2016 qualification after 'racist behavior' in…


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Hackers take over control of car’s action

For the first time, IT specialists have remotely hacked a car and full control of it – including the brakes and engine. Growing connectivity can improve life, but it also raises concerns over technical vulnerabilities. This was one drive Andy Greenberg will not forget any time soon, even though the writer for "Wired" magazine was forewarned. Before a test drive,…


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Tour de France: Bardet wins Stage 18, Froome rolls on

Bardet cruised to victory in the last kilometer to earn France's second stage win of the Tour de France. Chris Froome is still in the overall lead and looks set to win his second win. Frenchman Romain Bardet bagged a comfortable Stage 18 win on Thursday, whilst Great Britain's Chris Froome remains on course to win his second Tour de…


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10 things we learned on our low-carbon road trip

For 10 days, two DW reporters traveled across Europe using low-carbon transport. On that journey, they met inspiring "climate heroes" who are combating climate change in creative ways. Here's what they learned. Ten days, four countries, 14 climate heroes, one incredible #ClimateRoadTrip. We traveled from Berlin to Paris using all kinds of environmentally-friendly vehicles, calculating our carbon footprint on the…


Japan's Nikkei to buy the Financial Times

The owner of Britain's leading business daily, the Financial Times, has agreed to sell the paper to Japan's Nikkei, the two companies have said. The confirmation put to rest a frenzy of speculation over likely buyers. The British publishing house Pearson announced on Monday that it would sell the FT Group, including its pink-paged "trophy asset," the Financial Times newspaper,…


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Stay, memory, stay – new Alzheimer's treatment emerges

While Alzheimer's disease is still stealing countless people's memories, scientists have long been searching for an effective treatment. New drugs currently in research might help patients fend off the disorder. When human beings age, some start to lose their memories, have difficulties solving problems or making judgments and some lose the ability to speak. These are all symptoms of Alzheimer's…