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Polish foreign minister accuses EU of double standard

Polish foreign minister accuses EU of double standard

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz came to Berlin to defend the Law and Justice government's restructuring of the judiciary. He accused Germany of having politicized state prosecutors.
  • Borussia Dortmund are making major moves as they gear up for another tilt at silverware in 2019/20. Mats Hummels' return has an element of risk, but the potential rewards could absolve it, writes DW's James Thorogood.
  • Three men have been convicted for supporting the 2015 Garissa University terrorist attack in Kenya. Though they were not among the gunmen, the trio knew the al-Shabaab assault would happen.
  • Construction has begun of a mega dam to improve power supply throughout the country. There are fears this could herald the end of the Selous Game Reserve.
  • Facing a lawsuit by prisoners over alleged health hazards, the US Bureau of Prisons has aborted a longstanding plan to build a jail on an abandoned coal mine. US activists are claiming a rare environmental victory.
  • South Korea has said it will make its largest food donation to the North since 2008, as an estimated 40% of North Koreans are undernourished. Much of the aid is aimed at helping vulnerable children and mothers.
  • A gun dubbed the most famous weapon in the history of art went under the hammer at an auction in Paris. Some criticized the sale of the gun, saying it was a commercialization of Van Gogh's death.
  • The German foreign minister said all parties must do everything to make sure it does not come to this. Iran has dismissed claims it attacked two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, triggering a crisis in the waterway.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial in the coming months in a corruption and influence peddling case. The former French president has been plagued by multiple scandals since losing his 2012 re-election bid.
  • According to a survey on public attitudes, the French have the lowest levels of trust in vaccines, with 33% saying immunization is unsafe. The skepticism for vaccines is generally high in other developed countries too.
  • An exhausted-looking she-bear has been spotted wandering through the industrial zone of the Siberian city of Norilsk, far away from its natural home. Authorities fear the animal might be ill.
  • The UN said that Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated murder, planned and perpetrated by Saudi officials. The journalist was allegedly strangled in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
  • Three Russians and one Ukrainian national were named as first suspects in the 2014 downing of an airliner above Ukraine. A former defense minister of the so-called Donetsk Republic, Igor Girkin, is among the suspects.
  • As the UN's Michelle Bachelet visits Venezuela to address the political standoff and electricity and internet blackouts becoming the norm, life's daily struggles have become an unwanted news beat for journalists.
  • The German economy minister has described China as a partner and competitor. He said it is time to establish better trade rules that don't put European companies at a disadvantage.
  • For the first time ever, the number of displaced people reached 70.8 million at the end of 2018, according to the UNHCR. The agency's chief warned against a hostile climate for refugees, but Germany came in for praise.
  • An Australian state has enacted euthanasia laws to allow terminally-ill patients to end their lives with lethal medication. The first death could take place in as soon as three weeks.
  • Canada has once again approved a contentious pipeline expansion that would allow the nation to diversify oil markets. The new pipeline has drawn criticism from environmental groups that fear spills.
  • The president talked tariffs and his former rivals during his first official rally for the 2020 election. He used his speech to position himself as a Washington outsider, 2 1/2 years into his presidential term.
  • Donald Trump's conviction that he will be reelected should come as no surprise. He may deny reality to paint his presidency as a success, but it's naive to think he'll leave the White House soon, DW's Nancy Isenson says.