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Regional News • Americas • United States
After his first rally Kanye West announces on Twitter to focus on his music again
After his first rally Kanye West announces on Twitter to focus on his music again
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On Monday evening, rapper Kanye West and potential US presidential candidate tweets that he wants to concentrate on his music again and dropped an album release for Friday. He left it open whether he is so focused on his music career again that he abandoned the election campaign. West announced an album release for Friday. He had previously written a few tweets that included his rally on Sunday, his familiar situation, and his mental health. In his tweets, he said his wife Kim Kardashian wanted to have him admitted to a psychiatric facility because of his rally on Sunday. After a short time, these tweets have been deleted.

Years ago the rapper Kanye West spoke openly about his bipolar illness and that he does not take any medication for it because he is afraid of losing his creativity through it.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Brazil: Slash-and-burn will be paused in the rainforest
Brigadistas of Prevfogo / Ibama participate in joint operation to fight fires in the Amazon
Brigadistas of Prevfogo / Ibama participate in joint operation to fight fires in the Amazon Credit: Ibama from Brasil / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

By decree, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles have banned the slash-and-burn practice in the Amazon rainforest for 4 months.

A study published by the US science journal "Science" shows that about a fifth of Brazil's annual soy and beef exports to the European Union come from illegally cleared areas. Around 500,000 tons of soy from illegal deforestation in Brazil was exported into the European Union between 2009 and 2017. Bolsonaro is repeatedly criticized for its environmental policy by economy and environmentalists. At the moment, investors distancing themselves from his environmental policy and are calling on the government to take concrete steps against the destruction of the rainforest.

60 per cent of the world's tropical rainforest is located in Brazil. This year 25 per cent more forest was destroyed than in the same period in 2019.

Regional News • Europe
The Journalist Deniz Yücel sentenced to two years and nine months in prison by the Turkish court
Deniz Yücel in Berlin, October 2011
Deniz Yücel in Berlin, October 2011 Credit: Schreibkraft (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

In today's trial, the journalist was sentenced to prison for propaganda for the PKK party, which is banned in turkey. His lawyer was acquitted of charges of propaganda for the Gülen movement and sedition. Yücel himself was not present at the trial. His lawyer, Vesel Ok, has already announced an appeal and says: "We do not accept this judgment." The verdict is not binding yet.

Yücel's case had a heavy impact on the German-Turkish relationship. He was held without charge in a high-security prison in Turkey from February 2017 to February 2018. For months he was in solitary confinement. In May 2019, it was announced that he was maltreated in prison.

Science • Medicine
Study: Brain inflamation, psychoses and stroke linked to Covid-19 also with mild symptoms
Brain images from patients on the study
Brain images from patients on the study Credit: Reproduction

Scientist from UCL (University College London) published that mild Covid-19 disease can have serious consequences. Also for young patients who can hope for a milder course of the disease. A Covid-19 disease can cause consequential damages like nerve damage, brain infections, delirium, psychoses and strokes. Damage was also found in those who had already been cured. The study is published in the medical journal "Brain".

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
Volkswagen fires software boss after only 14 days
Volkswagen fires software boss after only 14 days
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Under the name "Car.Software.Org" VW aims to develop its own operating system for all VW car models and increase the team to around 10,000 employees. On July 1, Christian Senger officially became head of "Car.Software.Org".

Among other things, he is on the board of directors of the core Volkswagen brand and has headed the development of the electric vehicles series "ID". Since March 2019 he has been working on the "Car.Software.Org" project. Now he was released after only 14 days, due to discrepancies with other VW managers. Audi boss Markus Duesmann will develop the VW software now. Volkswagen did not comment on the conflict.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Study: Women in Germany are underrepresented in leadership positions in public companies
Study: Women in Germany are underrepresented in leadership positions in public companies
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A study by the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen shows that public companies have 19,7 female managers. That is an increase of 0.4 percent over the previous year. So only 432 of the total of 2196 management positions in public companies are filled by women.

The study shows that on average only 22% of female applicants are placed on vacant positions.The city of Offenbach in Hesse is remarkable, as it has 56.5 percent women in the top floors of municipal companies. 1469 public companies such as public utilities or hospitals in 69 cities were examined.

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
Tesla announces it could probably offer fully autonomous self-driving vehicles by the end of the year
Interior view of Tesla Model 3
Interior view of Tesla Model 3 Credit: unsplash.com/David von Diemar

During the WAIC (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) in Shanghai Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, announced by video message that the automobile manufacturer could probably update their partly autonomous self-driving vehicles from Level 2 to Level 5 by end of the year.

Autonomous self-driving is divided into 5 levels. Currently, the most autonomous self-driving vehicles are shipped with Level 2 - 3.

Level 1 - Driver Assistance: for example using cruise control.

Level 2 - Partly Automated Driving: for example, the car can keep track, brake and accelerate on the freeway at the same time.

Level 3 - Highly Automated Driving: The vehicles can handle certain driving tasks independently and without human intervention, but only for a limited period and under suitable conditions.

Level 4 - Fully Automated Driving: The vehicles can drive independently, for example, the driver could take a nap but generally only in select conditions and on certain roads.

Level 5 - Full Automation/completely autonomous: no human driver is required. The people in the car become passengers.

Regional News • World
The German Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee calls the new UN agreement for aid to Syria as a "failure of the West all along the line"
Norbert Röttgen in 2021
Norbert Röttgen in 2021 Credit: Wolfgang Henry / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

On Saturday the UN Security Council agreed to continue the humanitarian aid to Syria only in a limited way. Due to the new regulation, only one border crossing for aid deliveries from Turkey to Northern Syria is planned, before there were two. According to aid organizations, this new regulation could endanger the care of millions of people in need.

Norbert Röttgen, the german chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, calls this decision a "failure of the West all along the line".

He further said to the newspaper "Die Welt": "This failure is due to the withdrawal of the United States and the subsequent vacuum that Russia was happy to fill. And it is the utter reluctance of Europeans not to represent their own interests in the region. The consequences of the displacement and killing of civilians by Assad and Putin, now with China's support in the UN Security Council, affect Europe. The displaced persons will seek protection from us through Turkey."