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Tennessee shooting: “life is short and bitter”.

A man shot four soldiers and died in the shooting itself. He had attacked an Army recruiting and training center.

FBI personnel examine the crime scene. Photo: dpa

The latest serious shooting in the U.S. took place Thursday not in a school or a church, but outside two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A heavily armed young man opened fire from an open convertible. Less than half an hour later, five people – four soldiers plus the shooter – were dead. Three others were wounded.

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Controversial privatization: gambled away in a rip-off?

Did Deutsche Telekom cheat the Slovenian state? The company allegedly colluded to get its hands on Telekom Slovenija.

No, Deutsche Telekom is not getting into the umbrella business, it just likes to hang umbrellas from ceilings, here at Cebit. Picture: dpa

When two stop fighting, both are happy: That seems to be the idea of Deutsche Telekom and the British private equity firm Cinven. The two are accused of having colluded illegally in the takeover of Slovenian Telekom in order to get the cheapest possible deal.

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Nominees 2006: frieder alberth : tireless against helplessness

54-year-old Frieder Alberth works to provide AIDS aid and education in Eastern Europe.

Picture: Jonas Maron

You don’t have to question him much. Frieder Alberth bubbles away. Lively and energetic, at the same time objective and without dramatizing. Yet his subject is a serious one: the 54-year-old cares for HIV-positive and AIDS patients in Eastern Europe. Not directly, as a doctor or psychologist, but by helping them to help themselves with his association Connect Plus.

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Women’s national eleven coach fired: inappropriate relations

The sacking of England’s women’s national coach Mark Sampson raises questions – especially as the federation justifies it with long-known abuses.

Clear evidence of ‘unacceptable behavior’: Mark Sampson is out of a job because of an old report Photo: dpa

A coach dismissal is nothing special in soccer, it is part of the business that clubs and national teams replace their coaches when things are not going well in sporting terms. However, 34-year-old Welshman Mark Sampson cannot be accused of lack of success. He led the England women’s team to the top of the world after taking over in December 2013. Two years ago, the English women finished third at the World Cup, and this summer they reached the semifinals at the European Championship.

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Dispute over the garrison church in potsdam: a case of steeple politics

A foundation wants to rebuild the church – against which there was a citizens’ petition. Now that the foundation is hoping to receive several million euros, the dispute is heating up again.

This is where it once stood, and this is where it is to be rebuilt: the former site of the Garrison Church in Potsdam. Photo: dpa

Very close to the sky. From the city’s highest vantage point, the view could sweep from one baroque pearl to another over the rebuilt city palace, neat townhouses and Sanssouci Park. 57 meters high and barrier-free to reach – for a small fee. This is how it is described in a brochure with which the project’s proponents are soliciting approval.

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Pro and con holiday on march 8: does the new holiday benefit the cause?

Today, the House of Representatives in Berlin declares Women’s Day a public holiday. Is that really in the spirit of women’s policy? Two guest contributions.

Does the holiday benefit the women’s movement? Or does it actually harm it? Photo: dpa

The holiday is just right

It would be a misunderstanding to think that the new holiday on March 8 is only good for celebrating. 100 years ago, women were allowed to vote for the first time. After that, progress was bumpy, stumbling, but even today there is still plenty to do. Whether it’s unequal pay, unequal representation in parliaments, sexual harassment in the workplace, violence against women, the glass ceiling that many women eventually hit in their careers: After all, all these evergreens of women’s politics are not remedied by the holiday.

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Freedom of the press in the philippines: star journalist ressa sentenced

The Duterte government intimidates media representatives. The latest example is a questionable verdict for defamation against a journalist.

Maria Ressa after the court verdict in Manila Photo: Eloisa Lopez/reuters

In the Philippines, prominent editor-in-chief Maria Ressa of the anti-government news portal Rappler and her ex-employee Reynaldo Santos Jr. were convicted of defamation on Monday. A Manila court imposed fines equivalent to 7,000 euros, but did not yet set the sentence of imprisonment. It will range from six months to six years, according to the Cybercrime Act. Ressa announced that she would appeal. Until then, the 56-year-old former correspondent of the U.S. channel CNN remains free on bail. In 2018, Time magazine named her "Person of the Year" along with other journalists.

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Protests against naturalization law: violence overshadows trump visit

Violent clashes broke out again in India’s capital Delhi on Monday and Tuesday. Several people died.

Opponents clash with sticks: supporters and opponents of the citizenship bill in Delhi Photo: Danish Siddiqui/reuters

People fleeing can be seen behind clouds of smoke. A man opened fire on a policeman. Suddenly on Monday, the news channels switched from the pompous reception of the U.S. president at the cricket station in Ahmedabad to scenes of violence in Delhi’s northeast. For there new protests against the naturalization law CAA turned again into violence.

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Pirates for the left party: new political home found

In 2011, the Pirates had their big moment and entered the Berlin parliament. Later, the party fell out. Now the competition is happy about the defections.

Are the pirates now revolutionizing the Left Party? 36 Pirate politicians now support the party. Photo: dpa

The Pirate Party is disintegrating – and the Left Party is benefiting. 36 current and former pirates from all over Germany will support the Left Party in the future. This was announced by the chairman of the Berlin Pirate faction, Martin Delius, and Berlin Left Party chairman Klaus Lederer on Thursday evening, eight months before the parliamentary elections in September. Among the supporters of the call are members of parliament from Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as former leading representatives from the federal executive committee, Saxony, Trier and Bremen.

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Performance for diversity: against the rules

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi from Ghana performs rituals of transition. She was invited by students of the Hamburg University of the Arts.

Performance artist Va Bene from Ghana plays with the extremes Photo: Mikhael Grunwaldt

The person approaching the visitors* from some distance is petite but muscular. She is black and naked; only her hip is adorned with a few rows of glass beads, like those worn by many women in Ghana. Long metal shackles hang from her wrists and ankles. She has a penis. She is smeared all over with clay; her eyes, mouth, and long rasta braids are completely glued shut. With exhausted steps she heads for a smoking barbecue and slowly settles down on a rusty metal cross arranged over the grill. Again and again she forms her lips into a silent scream, coughs and chokes out clay. Waits apparently for death.

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