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News today: Russia returns three Ukrainian naval vessels


The most important news at a glance:

  • Russia returns three Ukrainian navy ships (18:05)
  • Green decides on economic programs with environmental rules for the market (14.34 hours)
  • Australians are said to have burned bushes to protect their cannabis plants (11:55 am)
  • Two passenger planes at Frankfurt airport collide – no one injured (10:51 am)
  • Venice gets ready to flood again (9:32 AM)
  • Grüne continues the Federal Party convention in Bielefeld with consultations on climate protection (9.28 in the morning)

Weekend news at starticker:

+++ 18:57: Ministry confirms training of Chinese troops by Bundeswehr +++

The German Ministry of Defense has confirmed media reports that Chinese troops regularly take part in Bundeswehr training. Because it involved "very small numbers" in the army, who completed among other training courses "general service international staff" from the Federal Armed Forces guidance academy in Hamburg, said a speaker from the AFP Ministry. Human rights activists strongly criticize this and call for an end to this practice.

+++ 18:05: Russia wants to return three Ukrainian navy ships +++

Russia wants to return three Ukrainian navy ships that were confiscated a year ago. "According to the agreement made with Ukraine, three Ukrainian ships were pulled from the port of Kerch to the agreed delivery point," the Russian intelligence service border guard from the Russian news agency Interfax said. The handover will take place on Monday. The announcement came shortly after the announcement of the Ukraine summit scheduled for December 9 in Paris.

At the end of November 2018, the Russian Coast Guard had shot and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. The incident has sparked conflict between Kiev and Moscow since 2014. Twenty-four Ukrainian crew members arrested during the incident were released as part of a prisoner exchange with Russia in September.

+++ 15:54: Children fishing for World War II ammunition from the pool +++

Three children have taken some ammunition and projectiles from the Second World War from a pool in Thuringia. The children kept strong magnets in a pond in the Wölfis district and were afraid of their findings, police reported. When they realized what was on their hook, they called the police.

Officers then locked the location in Ohrdruf near Gotha. Ammunition recovery service called. People are not hurt. Ammunition funds must be left on site and police alerted, officials warn. They warned against such recreational activities.

+++ 14.40: two dead in protest against rising gasoline prices in Iran +++

Rising gasoline prices have sparked angry protests in Iran. A policeman and a civilian were killed and dozens arrested. Nevertheless, spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supports the government's controversial decision. The authorities massively restricted Internet access.

+++ 14:34: Green decides on economic programs with environmental regulations for the market +++

Green people demand social and ecological transformation of the market economy. When the federal party conference in Bielefeld on Sunday decided, the debt brake for the federal government in the context of EU regulations had to be relaxed so that the country could invest more than before. The explicit commitment to the debt brake for federal states was removed from the leading federal executive committee's move. It was the only vote in which the delegates won against the Federal Council – other conflicts were resolved with changes in the text.

+++ 14.18 hours: activists in Hong Kong attack police with bows and arrows +++

In Hong Kong, the front hardens over the weekend: pro-democracy activists take root at a university that attacks police with bows and arrows and homemade slingshots. At the same time, soldiers from Chinese troops stationed in the former British Royal Colony demonstrated in a "subtle" way to Beijing's strength.

+++ 11:55: Report: Scholz prepares a special unit against tax fraud +++

According to a media report, the Federal Ministry of Finance intends to continue in the future with specialized units against large-scale tax fraud, as in the case of "cum-ex" transactions. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) will form a special unit with a total of 48 posts at the Federal Tax Office, reporting "Welt am Sonntag". For the "Task Force against the tax structuring model in the capital market" it is estimated to spend around 21 million euros, which is already planned in the 2020 federal budget.

+++ 11.55 hours: Australians must have a bushbrand to protect their cannabis plants +++

A 51-year-old Australian was suspected of planting bush fires to protect the cannabis plant, which was then completely out of control. Police said the suspect was brought to court for arson. He is said to have burned the bush in the Ebor fire area in New South Wales on Thursday, because he wanted to protect the cannabis plant by burning the surrounding area directly from a bushfire that was triggered otherwise.

In the fire area of ​​Ebor, a fire broke out three days later, 10,000 hectares of forest burned. In total, more than one million hectares of land have been destroyed by forest fires in Australia over the past few days, killing four people. The authorities assume that the fire was caused by burning in several places.

Destructive Forest Fires: Australian Authorities Call the Highest Warning Level

+++ 11.50 Hours: Former military chief Rajapaksa wins presidential election in Sri Lanka +++

Sri Lanka's former military chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, emerged victorious in the presidential election. He received after counting all the votes of 52.25 percent, as announced by the election commission. Sajith Premadasa from the party ruling the UNP reached 41.99 percent.

+++ 11.26 hours: snow chaos in South Tyrol – hurricanes throughout Italy +++

Storms, snow, and continuous rain: storms hit much of Italy. In South Tyrol, snow chaos ensued. The Brenner highway is closed between Bressanone and Vipiteno due to heavy snowfall, announcing a traffic control center. In Martell, the avalanche has disappeared, some houses have been damaged, but may not cause injury, reports the Rai Südtirol TV station. "Today, there is a high level of landslides in most of South Tyrol," national meteorologist Dieter Peterlin explained on Twitter.

+++ 10:51 hours: two passenger planes at Frankfurt airport collide – No one was injured +++

At Frankfurt airport, two passenger planes collided on Saturday night. No one was injured in the incident around 6 pm, said a Fraport spokesman. Overall flight operations were not interrupted by Korean Air and Air Namibia engine collisions. The pilots have collided after landing for reasons that cannot be explained. The Federal Aircraft Inspection Bureau takes an investigation (BFU) about accidents and their causes.

Both engines damaged: According to preliminary findings, one aircraft was damaged in the wing, the other in the tail, as AFP spokesman BFU said. At present, nothing can be said about the severity of the damage and the cause of the accident. For this, much data must be evaluated, such as flight recorders from engines, pilot testimonies, radio conversations and weather information.

+++ 10.09 am: More than 50,000 supporters for the Taiwan recognition +++ petition

According to the "Spiegel" report, the Federal Government must openly declare Taiwan's policy. A petition to the Bundestag calling for diplomatic recognition of the island claimed by China has taken hurdles from 50,000 supporters, the magazine reported. In order not to insult China and the federal government, the Bundestag Petition Committee initially banned the publication of the petition. The general assembly is now scheduled for 9 December.

+++ 9.32 morning: Venice gets ready for another +++ flood

In the flooded Venice, masses of water threatened to rise again. According to city authorities, the water level must be 1.60 meters during the day. On Saturday, the civil protection authority lowered the temporary "Red Alert" for the Veneto region to "Orange". Midday floods are only 1.05 meters. Now threatens the third tidal wave of the week.

+++ 9.28 Hours: Green continues the federal party conference in Bielefeld with consultation on climate change +++

The Green Party continues their federal party conference in Bielefeld with consultations on climate protection. The leading movement of the Federal Executive Board provides a much higher amount to enter into CO2 pricing than the Federal Government plans. The federal council proposes a start with 40 euros, a large coalition of only ten euros. There are from the ranks of Greens but also more than 40 Euros beyond claims.

+++ 7.40 in the morning: Belarusians elect parliament +++

In Belarus, citizens are called to elect a new parliament. 110 MPs can appoint voters. However, criticism of the government has no free choice, because the main opposition leaders and two opposition politicians in parliament are currently excluded from the poll. The former Soviet republic has been governed since 1994 by now-65-year-old President Alexander Lukashenko, who is described as "Europe's last dictator".

+++ 5:51 am: Prince Andrew firmly rejects the alleged accusations of victims of abuse +++

Britain's Prince Andrew has firmly rejected the allegations made by a woman who had made allegations of abuse in the context of Epstein's affair. "I don't remember ever meeting this woman," Andrew told the BBC Saturday, starring Virginia Giuffre, who, in his own words, was harassed for years by US millionaire Jeffrey Epstein and had sex with wealthy friends – including Prince Andrew – was forced.

This was the first time the 59-year-old prince spoke in an interview about his relationship with Epstein, who committed suicide in his prison cell in August. The US multimillionaire is said to have sexually abused girls and underage girls for years and triggered prostitution. He has good contacts with many politicians and celebrities.

+++ 3.27 hours: Boris Johnson's alleged affair feels "insulted" +++

A few weeks before the British general election, US businessman Jennifer Arcuri had expressed emotional concern about the affair with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Politicians left "broken hearts" and "humiliated," Arcuri told British television station ITV, a US citizen at the center of alleged conflicts of interest since Johnson's time as mayor of London.

According to the Sunday Times, Johnson is said to have had an affair with Arcuri. Arcuri said in an ITV interview, published in an advance quote, he felt treated by Johnson as "a short one-night stand". The prime minister rejected their request "for advice" after the scandal was discovered in September.

News from Saturday, November 16

+++ 20.49 hours: 29 years fall in Austria 400 meters in death +++

A 29-year-old pedestrian fell about 400 meters in Vorarlberg, Austria, and died. As the police announced, the man lost balance just before the peak of Kleiner Widderstein near the German-Austrian border and fell through a rocky trough. His colleague, 26, immediately contacted emergency services, which only paid attention to the 29-year-old man's death.

In Austria, a pedestrian has fallen to the depth (symbol)

In Austria, a pedestrian has fallen to the depth (symbol)

+++ 19:46: parliamentary elections without opposition candidates in Belarus +++

In Belarus, a new parliament will be elected on Sunday. Citizens are called to vote by 110 MPs. However, criticism of the government has no free choice, because the main opposition leaders and two opposition politicians in parliament are currently excluded from the poll.

+++ 18:56 hours: More than 200,000 Czechs call for the resignation of Prime Minister Babis +++

More than 200,000 Czechs called for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis during a demonstration in Prague. One day before the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which ended the communist government in Prague, people gathered in the capital and shouted "shame" and "kick back!". Billionaire Babis, who had created a media and industrial empire in the Czech Republic, led a minority government that was tolerated by communists in parliament. He is suspected of pocketing improperly worth millions of EU subsidies with his company, Agrofert. While rejecting the allegations, the EU Commission also sees the possibility of a conflict of interest between its function as a politician and as an entrepreneur.

+++ 17.45 hours: Further it is not clear for Venice +++ which is flooding

For the flooded Venice, nothing is clear yet: On Saturday there is still a risk of flooding and strong winds. Nevertheless, the civil protection authority lowered the temporary "red warning" for the Veneto region back to "orange". The high tide that afternoon was only 1.05 meters. But for Sunday, a rise to 1.60 meters is predicted again.

+++ 16:51: After the start of winter there are still thousands without electricity in France +++

After heavy snowfall, there are still thousands of people without electricity in France. In the Dôpartements Drôme, Isère, Rhône, Loire and Ardèche affected Saturday afternoon 145,000 households, network operator Enedis said. Many technicians are in charge of repairing power lines.

On Thursday night, early winter in eastern and central France caused chaos. Sometimes, more than 300,000 households are without electricity. A man is killed by a tree upside down under the snow. Many roads are closed because of snow and slippery. In some areas schools remain closed. Train services in the region were also partially disrupted.

+++ 15.12 hours: suspected IS followers after deportation in detention +++

An IS supporter is being sent after being deported from Turkey to Germany. Hessisches Landeskriminalamt officials had arrested him on Friday night in Frankfurt / Main. An investigative judge of the Federal High Court (BGH) issued on Saturday at the request of a federal prosecutor's order for suspicion of urging membership in the Islamic State (IS) foreign terrorist organization and other crimes, the prosecutor announced. In all, two women who were deported from Turkey arrived on Friday evening on a flight in Frankfurt.

+++ 14:43: Aiwanger remains the federal chairman for Free Voters +++

Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger remains the Federal Chair of Free Voters. A federal assembly confirmed Aiwanger in regular Saturday elections with 94.3 percent of votes for two more years, Free Voters said. Aiwanger has no opponents.

+++ 14:43: Employees in the first half of this year with almost one billion overtime +++

In the first half of 2019, employees in Germany spent nearly one billion overtime – more than half were not paid. This arises from the Federal Ministry of Labor's response to requests from the Left Bundestag faction, reported by the German editorial network (RND).

+++ 14:43 hours: Baerbock and Habeck are re-elected as Green boss +++

Green leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck have been confirmed with top results in their posts. Baerbock was accepted at the party conference on Saturday in Bielefeld 97.1 percent, this is the best result so far in the Green Party election. Habeck was re-elected with 90.4 percent for two years. Both lead the party since January 2018.

In their application speech, Baerbock and Habeck stressed the need for Green to take over government responsibility after the next federal election. Baerbock said in his application speech, "We need to create broader alliances, and not just those who beat like us." Habeck stressed: "We are no longer a citizen movement, we are a political force that has the duty to design."

+++ 14:27: British police check allegations of fraud before parliamentary elections +++

Before the general election in the UK, police investigated allegations of fraud: they had reported two cases of electoral fraud and errors in relation to the upcoming parliamentary elections, London police said. The charges will be examined by special investigators. The details don't make the police.

Brexit leader Nigel Farage previously blamed Prime Minister Boris Johnson for "the worst level of corruption". Candidates for his party were offered jobs and aristocracy if they revoked their candidacy on the December 12 election. Government officials, including chief advisor Johnson Edward Lister, have contacted at least eight candidates to discuss this offer.

+++ 14:24: Federal Ministry of the Interior: Mietendeckel violates the Constitution +++

According to the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, the cover for rent planned by the Berlin Senate violates the Basic Law. The state of Berlin was "prevented by a competency law" to pass legislation on rental limits, the Interior Ministry wrote via email to Berlin CDU MP Kai Wegner.

The reason: The rental price limit is "comprehensive and finally regulated" by the federal government. Decisions such as competent federal legislators must not be "distorted" by individual decisions of a country. "Berliner Morgenpost" first reported it.

+++ 11:51: After the terrorist attack on Halle: "Kiez-Doner" was given to employees +++

The "Kiez-Döner" snack bar, one of the scenes of crime in an extreme right-wing terrorist attack in Halle, will in the future belong to employees who work there during the attack. The former Izzet Cagac operator presented the brothers Ismet and Rifat Tekin with the appropriate awarding and assignment agreement on the official reopening on Saturday. "I hope my successor has a lot of strength to deal with the terrible events of 09.10.2019 and many customers from various cultures and religions," the letter said.

Previous operator Izzet Cagac with new owner "Kiez-Doner", Ismet Tekin

Izzet Cagac, the former operator of the "Kiez-Döner" snack bar, will maintain the awarding and assignment agreement with the new operator Ismet Tekin (r.) At the reopening.

At the handover, the Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt Reiner Haseloff (CDU) stressed the importance of restarting. Among other things, a bistro is part of the city's cultural identity among students. The University of Halle is close to a snack bar.

More than five weeks ago, a heavily armed man tried to slaughter in a synagogue. He failed at the locked door and shot in front of the church of a passing woman and soon a man in nearby Dönerladen. The perpetrators were then arrested and admitted to anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist motives.

+++ 11:28: A person dies in protest against petrol rationing in Iran +++

At least one person was killed in a protest against petrol rationing in southern Iran. This was announced by Sirdschan's city government spokesman, Mahmud Mahmudabadi. Several people were injured. Dozens of demonstrators tried to burn gas stations and oil depots on Friday, Mahmudabadi said, according to Isna news agency. The police and even the Revolutionary Guards must intervene, said the spokesman.

+++ 11:13: ARD and ZDF networks from their library Monday +++

If you use the ARD and ZDF media libraries in your browser this Monday, you will be linked to other offers. "Starting at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 18, 2019, the two broadcasters will link live streaming from their main program to their media library, as well as core network content," said two public broadcasters. Who in the future searches for "Tagesschau" ZDF, will be directed to ARD, on the contrary, the same work for "heute-show" ZDF in ARD.

+++ 10.50 hours: Housing criticizes Green's decision about expropriation +++

The housing industry has criticized the Green Party's decision to take over the real estate company, if necessary. A "too reckless dealing with the issue of expropriation" undermines confidence in the country, which often does too little to dispel complaints, said GdW Housing Industry President, Axel Gedaschko, a media splash group newspaper. The state should not seek a path of resistance at least on the basis of its own negligence. The Greens have decided on Friday night their attitude to rent and housing policy. If the landowner does not build an apartment, "in the final analysis the takeover of compensation can stand", resulting in the decision of the party congress.

+++ 10:48: Athens police assemble strong units – fear riots +++

Fearing unrest at the 46th anniversary of the student uprising against the former Greek military dictatorship, Athens police mobilized more than 5,000 officials on Sunday. Autonomy and anarchists plan to bring the city center into chaos, the State Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) reported on Saturday. On November 17, similar to May 1 in Germany, there will be riots in addition to commemorative events in Greece.

+++ 8.45 in the morning: Twitter limits the distribution of tweets targeted to social topics +++

Twitter limits how each group of users being adjusted can be specifically handled with messages about social problems. In the future, it is no longer possible to display tweets, such as social justice or environmental protection, as advertisements to users in certain ZIP codes. When choosing a target category you won't be able to use terms like "conservative" or "liberal", as Twitter announced on Friday.

+++ 6:52: Bolivia's transitional president threatens Morales with consequences +++

In Bolivia, the situation has escalated between supporters of exiled former President Evo Morales and the caretaker government of Jeanine Áñez. Áñez threatens Morales on the left if he returns with legal consequences. Meanwhile, in violent clashes in central Bolivia, five Morales supporters were killed.

+++ 6:31 hours: Digital pact funding for schools has only dripped so far +++

Half a year after billions of dollars in the "Digital Pact School" came into force, money for schools has so far flowed slowly. This resulted in a survey of the German Press Agency in 16 states. Thus, from 5.5 billion euros for equipment with school-owned WLANs, new laptops or digital boards – called smartboards – so far around 500,000 euros has been taken. Only in Bremen, Hamburg and Saxony has money flowed so far.

+++ 6:04 hours: The Federal Government warns of the consequences of climate change for fish populations +++

The Federal Government warns of the impact of climate change on fish populations in the tropics and thus becomes the food base of the people who live there. "It is hoped that fish populations move towards the poles, so that in the tropics with the extinction of local species must be taken into account," said the government's response to a request from Greens, AFP news agency was present.

+++ 5:26 hours: Israeli soldiers fly after rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, new air strikes +++

In response to new missile strikes from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Air Force has flown new air strikes on Palestinian territory. Unlike the previous attack this week, the attack did not target the position of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militia, but a radical Islamic Hamas attack in the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers said. Actually since Thursday morning the ceasefire prevailed.

+++ 5.19 in the morning: Comparison portal: Electricity prices have risen by more than five percent +++

Electricity customers in Germany face a wave of rising prices. According to the comparison portal Verivox and Check24, around 170 companies have announced that they will raise prices for private consumers on January 1. According to Verivox, 177 local electricity providers want to increase their prices by an average of 5.4 percent. Model households with a consumption of 4000 kilowatt hours must take into account the additional cost of an average of 67 euros per year in areas affected by rising electricity prices.

+++ 5.05 hours: Baerbock and Habeck before being re-elected as a double green tip +++

Green leaders Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock will run again on Saturday at the Green Party Congress (starting at 09.30 am). Candidates can theoretically still report – but have few opportunities. This duo of leaders is largely unmatched in the party.

+++ 2.54 hours: Shooters suspected of having died after being shot at a US school +++

One day after a fatal shot at a school in California, the gunman allegedly died of his injuries. The 16-year-old student, who himself had been shot in the head after a bloody murder at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, had died on Friday in hospital, reporting US media with reference to authorities.

The shooter opened fire on Thursday at his school near Los Angeles and shot two classmates. The dead, according to police, are 15 years and 14 years old. Three more students were injured.

+++ 1.34 hours: Two women land after being deported from Turkey in Frankfurt +++

After being deported from Turkey, two suspected IS supporters came to Germany. The two women arrived on Friday night at 21.34 with Turkish Linienmaschine in Frankfurt, said a spokesman for the Federal Police. They have undergone an entrance check. Further action is in the hands of federal and state security authorities. From security circles it is said that officials of the Federal Criminal Police Station have risen.

A message from the Turkish private news agency DHA previously mentioned "foreign terrorist fighters" with German citizenship. So, this week, Turkey has deported a total of nine people to Germany, which they describe as supporting the Islamic State (IS) and Islamist terrorist militias. On Thursday, Turkey deported German-Iraqi families to Berlin.

+++ 0.28 hours: Execution in Texas is temporarily stopped – guilty doubts +++

In a spectacular crime case in the US, a court in the state of Texas has temporarily stopped a convicted execution plan. It is said that the Innocence Project organization, representing Rodney Reed who suffered, Friday night (local time) with. Protesters demanded Wednesday in Bastrop, Texas, the release and new procedures for 51-year-old children. Auch politician, Prominente – darunter Reality-Star Kim Kardashian – und der EU-Botschafter in den USA hatten sich in den eingeschaltet. Eine Petition verzeichnete mehr als 2.9 Millionen Unterschriften.

Rodney Reed sitzt nach Angaben von Innocence Project seit 1998 wegen des Mordes an einer jungen Frau 1996 in der Todeszelle. Am kommenden Mittwoch hätte er hingerichtet werden sollen.

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