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Ukrainian reporter in russia: 12 years imprisonment for journalists

A Russian court has convicted Ukrainian Roman Sushtchenko of espionage. Observers hope for a prisoner exchange.

Freedom for Roman Sushtchenko: protest in Kiev, October 2016 Photo: reuters

Ukrainian journalist and foreign correspondent Roman Sushtchenko has been sentenced by a Russian court to 12 years in prison for espionage. The prosecutor had demanded 14 years. The Moscow City Court on Monday afternoon considered it proven that Sushtchenko wanted to learn secret information about the Russian armed forces and the Russian National Guard. Sushtchenko works as a France correspondent for the Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform. On September 30, 2016, he had traveled from Paris to Moscow.

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Environmental pollution through fertilizer: do farmers contaminate the water?

The taz fact check shows: The average farmer fertilizes too much and pollutes the groundwater. This is a danger to health and the environment.

Here comes the nitrate: farmer in Lower Saxony spreads liquid manure as fertilizer on a field Photo: Philipp Schulze/dpa

Many farmers feel unjustly pilloried by environmentalists, politicians and journalists. This was shown, for example, by the demonstrations of thousands of farmers in several major cities on October 22. On November 26, tractors are to roll into Berlin again.

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Tropical physician on ebola: “there will be no epidemic here”.

There is always a residual risk. Isolated cases of Ebola can therefore also occur in Germany – but not an epidemic, says tropical physician August Stich.

Taking temperature on entry at Skopje airport: if you don’t have a fever, you can’t infect anyone with Ebola. Picture: ap

site: Mr. Stich, in the USA – with one of the best health care systems in the world – a nurse has contracted Ebola in the clinic. In Spain, a female nurse has fallen ill., Ebola patients from West Africa are also being treated in Germany, one has just died in Leipzig. The Federal Minister of Health still considers an Ebola infection in this country unlikely. A naive hope to reassure the population?

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Living in berlin: misappropriation depending on the district

The districts of Mitte and Treptow-Kopenick want to strictly implement the ban on vacation homes. Pankow and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are somewhat more relaxed.

Illegal vacation rental or permitted private rental? Depends on the district! Image: dpa

During their own vacation trip, a family rents out their apartment to tourists spending a few days in Berlin. This model of apartment sharing, organized by means of the Internet exchange Airbnb and similar sites, can hardly take place in some districts. Among others, Mitte and Kopenick are trying to prevent such rentals. But the application of the law against misappropriation of housing varies widely: Pankow and Kreuzberg are much more lenient.

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Sentence against ex-“cumhuriyet” employee: creating fear

Employees of the newspaper must go back to prison. This keeps up the pressure on Turkey’s democratic forces.

The accused ex-employees of Cumhuriyet Photo: Canan Coskun

Six employees of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet were forced back to prison Thursday afternoon after a court in Istanbul ruled that their prison sentences were legal. Cartoonist Musa Kart, journalists Guray oz and Hakan Karader, and an accountant, a lawyer and a board member must serve their remaining prison sentences. According to the verdict, they supported terrorist organizations. But the whole world knows what it was really about: their journalism.

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Trump and the republicans: no gloating at all

Trump has been voted out of office. But he could win again. And even if he doesn’t, he’s poisoning the political climate and making rational debate impossible.

Spoiling the mood and poisoning the climate: Donald Trump Photo: John Minchillo/ap

If the current state of the power struggle among US Republicans* is more than a brief snapshot, then the "Grand Old Party" is indeed unsalvageable. Donald Trump, who became the candidate from the outside in 2016 with the reputation of being a good entertainer and shady businessman, has destroyed the party at a speed that some warned about but few anticipated.

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Resistance under national socialism: the silent heroes

With a ceremonial act, the German Resistance Memorial Center opens its expanded special exhibition on the help given to persecuted Jews under National Socialism.

In the Silent Heroes Memorial Center, showing the resistance to the persecution of Jews Photo: Silent Heroes Memorial Center.

A museum’s inventory may be as descriptive as it likes, but it remains dead matter, be it paintings on display, photographs or soup plates. When has it ever happened that all these objects come alive, that they tell stories, laugh, gesticulate, and are irrepressibly happy to now be in the museum themselves?

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Coal mining in colombia: breathing easy impossible

The village of Provincial in Colombia is located near the country’s largest coal mine. The residents defend themselves against the noise, dirt and stench.

In the past, it was safe to take a bath here, but today? Photo: Knut Henkel

It has been raining in Provincial, a village in Colombia, and the smell of rotten eggs hangs in the air. "This is the sulfur that is washed out of the rubble around the mine," says Carmen Rosa Uriana.

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Spd wants more freedom of information: socialists take a deeper look

The SPD is presenting a new transparency law – which admittedly has no prospect of being implemented quickly. Nevertheless, it is earning cheers.

Are there UFOs? The SPD’s planned Freedom of Information Act could provide clarity. Picture: reuters

There is only one paragraph in the "government program" of the SPD, and it consists of only 58 words. That’s not much for a work of 120 pages. It says that the SPD wants to push for a comprehensive transparency law at the federal level. On Wednesday, the SPD parliamentary group presented a draft for this. It is impossible that it will be implemented before the election. Nevertheless, there was encouragement.

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Sociologist on the hanau attack: “this is no coincidence”.

The continuity of right-wing terror is often suppressed, says researcher Sebastian Wehrhahn. The hypothesis of a single perpetrator is politically incorrect.

Commemoration in Hanau: The lack of awareness of victims of right-wing terror repeats their exclusion Photo: Roland Geisheimer/attenzione

site: Wednesday night, the second largest right-wing terrorist attack in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany was carried out in Hanau. What continuity does right-wing terror have in Germany?

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