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Slovakian party leader sentenced to 4 year imprisonment for promoting Nazi ideology
Slovakian party leader sentenced to 4 year imprisonment for promoting Nazi ideology
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A Slovakian court recognized on Monday that Marian Kotleba, head of the right-wing extremist party LSNS, had deliberately made racist references. He was sentenced to four years and four months in jail.

Sports
F1: Hamilton matches Schumacher record 91 race wins; Ricciardo reaches podium with Renault
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Twitter Reproduction

With another solid performance at Nürburgring, Hamilton overtook Bottas, who eventually retired with power issues. Mick Schumacher, himself currently a championship leader in F2, surprised Hamilton with the gift of one of his celebrated father's helmets after the race.

Verstappen took 2nd place and the fastest lap, however Ricciardo's 3rd place was even more celebrated in the paddock as it awarded Renault their first podium in years, which Ricciardo had vowed to achieve before his move to McLaren next season.

The Racing Point team also had reasons to celebrate as they rose to 3rd in the season standings behind Red Bull, following strong performances from drivers Perez and Hülkenberg, the latter having replaced Stroll at the last minute for this weekend's event.

Business
Poland anti-trust regulator fines Russia's Gazprom $7.61 billion over new gas pipeline to Germany
Poland anti-trust regulator fines Russia's Gazprom $7.61 billion over new gas pipeline to Germany
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Gazprom pledges to appeal the case against the Nord Stream 2 project, which is also backed by five Western companies and headed by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

Climate & Environment
EU climate law approved with emission reduction now aimed at 60%
EU climate law approved with emission reduction now aimed at 60%
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The European Parliament has ratified the latest proposals regarding environmental protection. Greenhouse gas emissions are now targeted to be reduced by 60% compared to 1990 levels. Previously adopted goals for 2030 had aimed at a 40% reduction.

Law
McAfee anti-virus creator arrested in Barcelona
McAfee anti-virus creator arrested in Barcelona
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Following an Interpol arrest warrant requested by the USA, John McAfee could now face extradition to the US and a tax evasion trial.

Business • Economy
European Central Bank preparing for possible digital euro launch in 2021
European Central Bank preparing for possible digital euro launch in 2021
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The European Central Bank is currently preparing a concept for an official digital currency that would complement hard cash as a payment method. "Towards the middle of 2021 we will decide whether to launch a digital euro project." states the official website of the project.

Regional News • Europe
Foreign journalists' accreditations revoked in Belarus
Foreign journalists' accreditations revoked in Belarus
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The Foreign Ministry in Belarus stated on Friday that all existing press accreditations of foreign journalists were cancelled. Starting Monday, Journalists are supposed to reapply for accreditation under a new, "streamlined" system.

Belarusian government focus on foreign media organizations follows weeks of critical news coverage of the controversial presidential elections and the disproportionate crackdowns on demonstrations against the longstanding Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko.

"The only possible explanation is that the Belarusian government fears independent media and is using every possible trick to prevent independent reporting," states Deutsche Welle's Editor-in-Chief, Manuela Kasper-Claridge.

Sports
F1: Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi races added to 2020 schedule
F1: Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi races added to 2020 schedule
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Formula 1 has confirmed the addition of 4 races to the 2020 season: Turkey on November 15, Bahrain on November 29 and December 6, and finally Abu Dhabi on December 13.

"We can confirm that Turkey, Bahrain (hosting two races), and Abu Dhabi will be part of the revised season and want to express our thanks to the hard work of all our promoters and partners in making this 17-race season possible," stated the racing organization.

Within the statement, Formula 1 also announced that some of the remaining races of the year will be set to receive a limited number of spectators, with further details to be released at a later time.

Sports
Formula E season finale in Berlin with 6 races in 9 days
Formula E season finale in Berlin with 6 races in 9 days
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The Formula E 19/20 season is about to restart in crunch mode in Berlin-Tempelhof. The former airport is set to host 6 races in 3 different formats from today to August 13th. The highly competitive sport returns with the #PositivelyCharged tagline highlighting its commitment to green technology, innovation and inclusivity.

Law
1MDB corruption trial sentences ex-PM of Malaysia to 12 years in prison
1MDB corruption trial sentences ex-PM of Malaysia to 12 years in prison
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Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister from 2009 to 2018, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 210 million ringgit (49.3 million dollars). The ruling convicts him of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power related to the state investment fund 1MDB.

Last week, Goldman Sachs and the Malaysian government had reached an agreement regarding the alleged misuse of funds from 1MDB. The US Department of Justice has repatriated hundreds of millions of dollars to Malaysia after recovering assets - such as Picasso artwork and a luxury yacht - it said were purchased to launder money stolen from 1MDB.