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Frenchman jailed over hoax bomb call to delay plane in London - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:14am - After realizing he was running late for his flight, a 47-year-old London librarian made a hoax bomb call to delay the plane. Police said the move was "quite ridiculous" following his appearance before court.

Poland's president vetoes altered election rules - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:47am - Polish President Duda has vetoed a reform of European Parliament electoral rules that would favor bigger Polish parties. He himself may need the backing of smaller parties to be re-elected in two years' time.

UN to open Palestinian schools despite US funding cuts - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:38am - Even with a budget shortfall, UNRWA said it is crucial to "protect the fundamental right to education." But the UN agency charged with assisting Palestinian refugees has said they aren't "out of the woods" yet.

On a Greek shore, rich Turks spend despite the crisis - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:11am - Despite the Turkish lira crisis, tourists from the country are still flocking to Greece with ample funds in their pockets. Marianthi Milona reports from Alexandroupoli, where the contradictions of modern Turkey are felt.

Mali: Incumbent Keita declared victor after disputed vote - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:11am - Mali electoral officials have named President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the winner of a poll marred by violence and accusations of fraud. Opposition leader Soumaila Cisse had already called on his supporters to "rise up."

Atlantia motorway operator: Not just active in Italy - 16 Aug 2018 at 6:23am - Linked to the bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy's Atlantia toll road operator has come under enormous pressure, seeing its shares tanking in Milan. With activities in many countries, the firm has a lot to lose.

Journalists' role in 1988 Gladbeck hostage crisis was 'unethical' - press cou... - 16 Aug 2018 at 5:59am - Manfred Protze was one of the reporters who closely followed the Gladbeck hostage-takers on their escape across Germany. Now a spokesman for the German Press Council, he views the drama with fresh perspective.

Thailand moves to ban importing e-waste and plastic - 16 Aug 2018 at 5:32am - In a bid to stop stockpiling garbage in Thailand, the government plans to ban imports of plastic and electronic waste. The environment minister has called on the Thai recycling industry to use domestic scrap first.

Toni Kroos: Mesut Ízil talked a lot of 'nonsense' when quitting German team - 16 Aug 2018 at 4:57am - Toni Kroos had strong words for Mesut Ízil, saying that the manner of his departure was "out of order." He also has said that he will carry on playing for Germany after the shock early exit from the World Cup.

Kim Jong Nam murder: Malaysia court orders suspects to present defense - 16 Aug 2018 at 4:07am - A Malaysian judge has refused to throw out the case of two women accused of assassinating the brother of North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The murder was "no prank," the judge said.

Germany tolerant of LGBT neighbors, but not Muslim ones - 16 Aug 2018 at 4:02am - While homophobia has seen a drastic decrease in Germany over the years, Islamophobia has remained stubbornly stagnant. A new Playboy poll has found that most Germans are opposed to mosques, hijab, and refugee homes.

'Islamic State' youth fighters keep the faith in prison - 16 Aug 2018 at 3:42am - Iraqi youngsters are doing time for their roles in the "Islamic State" terror group. Some will leave jail even more radicalized. As one of the first foreign journalists, Judit Neurink visited Irbil's juvenile prison.

US media fight back against Trump attacks - 16 Aug 2018 at 3:40am - US newspapers have launched a concerted campaign to counter President Donald Trump's attacks on the press dubbed #EnemyOfNone. Over 350 media outlets are carrying editorials stressing the importance of free journalism.

German politician targeted by haters over climate refugees - 16 Aug 2018 at 3:04am - Ricarda Lang received death and rape threats after her comments about supporting climate refugees were published. The spokeswoman for the Green Youths says she won't stop voicing her opinions despite the experience.

German hostage drama: The day the press became the story - 16 Aug 2018 at 3:04am - It was dubbed the "darkest hour" in postwar German media history. DW takes a look back at the Gladbeck hostage drama and how coverage of the event 30 years ago shattered the nation and redefined the rules of reporting.

Afghanistan: Gunmen attack spy training center in Kabul - 16 Aug 2018 at 3:00am - At two least gunmen have been killed while attempting to lay siege to an intelligence facility in the Afghan capital. A day before, scores of students were killed in an attack described by rights groups as a war crime.

China, US to resume trade talks - 16 Aug 2018 at 2:14am - China has said it will hold a fresh round of trade talks with the United States in Washington later this month, providing some hope that the current conflict between the world's two largest economies can be defused.

Egyptian mummy in Turin museum proves embalming predates the Pharaohs - 16 Aug 2018 at 12:17am - In the Egyptian Museum since the 1900s, the mummy affectionately known as Fred has provided scientists with the recipe used for ancient embalming. It also shows bodies were embalmed 1,500 years earlier than thought.

Homosexual Afghan not 'gay enough' for asylum in Austria - 15 Aug 2018 at 11:22pm - A migration official said the introverted nature of the 18-year-old refugee was at odds with homosexuals "being rather social." The young man feared for his safety in Afghanistan, where homosexuality is illegal.

Campsite owners risk charges in France as caretaker's body found - 15 Aug 2018 at 9:25pm - Confirmation of the German caretaker's death means the camp's owners could be prosecuted for involuntary homicide. A flash flood swept through the camp forcing the evacuation of more than a hundred children.

Brazil: Lula da Silva launches presidential candidacy - from prison - 15 Aug 2018 at 8:15pm - Electoral authorities have to determine if the embattled ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's controversial candidacy is legal, given his criminal conviction. Lula is the current frontrunner in the October elections.

German river levels fall in heat, drought as farmers seek help - 15 Aug 2018 at 7:22pm - An unusually long period of heat and drought, especially in northern and eastern Germany, has seen river water levels fall to the lowest in years. Farmers are seeking help as their crops wither in the fields.

UEFA Super Cup: Atletico see off rivals Real Madrid in Tallinn - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:41pm - Saul Niguez's fine volley helped Atletico Madrid beat rivals Real Madrid for the first time in European competition to claim the UEFA Super Cup. Real Madrid get off to a losing start under new coach Julen Lopetegui.

Tajikistan journalist fights for freedom, transparency - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:50pm - Journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov could spend years behind bars. His crime: calling out government corruption. An international campaign is working to set him free and protect free expression in Tajikistan.

Stolen Buddha statue spotted in UK, returned to India - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:45pm - A miniature Buddha statue stolen from India over five decades ago has been handed back to the country's high commission in London. Police said it was spotted at a British trade fair.

US condemns Turkey's 'retaliatory' tariffs - 15 Aug 2018 at 4:19pm - Washington has said Turkey's tariffs on US products ranging from cars to tobacco was "a step in the wrong direction." Ankara's diplomatic and trade spat with Washington has contributed to a full-blown currency crisis.

Italy declares state of emergency after Genoa bridge collapse - 15 Aug 2018 at 3:31pm - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has declared a 12-month state of emergency in Genoa after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge. The cause of the collapse remains unclear, but several possibilities have been flagged.

Turkey frees local Amnesty head - 15 Aug 2018 at 3:10pm - Taner Kilic is charged with supporting a US-based cleric who Ankara blames for a failed coup in 2016. His arrest was one of several cases that have raised concerns over Turkey's human rights record.

Italy's populists dismissed Genoa bridge fears as 'fairytale' in 2013 - 15 Aug 2018 at 3:05pm - One of Italy's governing parties claimed several years ago that an imminent bridge collapse was a "fairytale." Calls for the resignations in the wake of Genoa's disaster are being resisted by road operator Autostrade.

Time running out for the EU's changing clocks? - 15 Aug 2018 at 2:45pm - Tired of going back and forth: Should the European Union remain forever in summer's daylight saving time? A survey across the bloc on the question has received a record number of responses.