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Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Nintendo to discontinue 3DS production
Nintendo to discontinue 3DS production
Credit: Nintendo (Reproduction)

Nintendo has stated on its website that the production of the Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued. This includes all devices in the series, including the 2DS editions.

The latest model had been released in 2017 before Nintendo has switched to the Switch.

Business • Consumer & Service
H&M terminates cooperation with a supplier in China because of crimes against the Muslim Uyghur people
H&M Store
H&M Store Credit: Mister No

The Swedish clothing company H&M announced that it is ending its cooperation with the Chinese supplier Huafu. The textile supplier, based in the Chinese province of Anhui, is said to have benefited from the forced labour system in the province, which is mainly inhabited by Muslim Uyghur people.

According to H&M, the company had an "indirect business relationship" with the supplier, even though there hadn't been any indications of forced labour, H&M decided to terminate the cooperation regardless.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
Banksy loses trademark rights to well-known flower thrower motif
Banksy loses trademark rights to well-known flower thrower motif
Credit: Britchi Mirela (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The responsible EU authority for intellectual property confirmed to the Deutsche Presse Agentur on Thursday that trademark rights for the "Flower Thrower" motif by the street artist Banksy have been cancelled.

The agency explained that Banksy is keeping his identity secret and has also repeatedly spoken out strongly against copyright in the past as he wrote "Copyright is for losers" in his book "Wall and Piece" in 2005. The British company Full Colour Black had applied for the cancellation of the trademark, as it prints and distributes images of Banksy's motifs on postcards, among other things.

Climate & Environment
Arctic sea ice shrank to second smallest summer size ever recorded
Arctic sea ice shrank to second smallest summer size ever recorded
Credit: Paul Gierszewski (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven announced on Thursday that, since the satellite-based observations began in 1979, the sea ice around the North Pole shrank to its second smallest extent with only 2012 being on recording with less ice.

The ice cover on the Arctic Ocean is now only 3.8 million square kilometres.

Politics • Asian • Russia
Navalny was poisoned with Novichok at his hotel, not at the airport
Screenshot of Navalny's Instagram post
Screenshot of Navalny's Instagram post Credit: Alexei Navalny

Novichok, the nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Tomsk. His team now believes that he was poisoned in that hotel room, not at the airport as they had initially suspected.

In a video posted on Navalny's Instagram, his aides are seen collecting items from the hotel room an hour after they learned he had fallen sick in suspicious circumstances.

Navalny fell violently ill on a domestic flight in Russia last month and was transferred to Berlin for treatment. Germany says he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent, while Russia says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned.

Politics • European • Germany
Germany confirms that Vienna will likely be declared Covid-19 risk area
Germany confirms that Vienna will likely be declared Covid-19 risk area
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According to a report by STANDARD the German government has stated that "since September 5, there have been significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants [in Vienna], so we feel compelled to take action".

The Austrian newspaper states that a final decision to declare Vienna a risk area will likely be made Wednesday afternoon.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Survey: Every third person in Austria is afraid of 5G
Survey: Every third person in Austria is afraid of 5G
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According to a survey by the online price comparison platform durchblicker.at 39 per cent of the surveyed people ones are against the establishment of 5G radio masts, as results from a questioning of 1.200 households in the second half of August. Ten percent are afraid of 5G, 26 percent are "a little bit" afraid of it. Two thirds of those who express concerns cannot give a concrete reason for their fears.

Politics • World
EU demands concessions from China before concluding investment agreements
EU demands concessions from China before concluding investment agreements
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The EU is demanding concessions from China before negotiations on the planned investment agreement are concluded. If an agreement is to be reached at the end of the year as planned, China still has a lot to do in the areas of market access and sustainable development, said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday evening after talks with China's President Xi Jinping.

The EU could already celebrate as a success that on Monday China signed an agreement on the mutual protection of geographical indications for food. Champagne, Feta cheese or also Parma ham will thus in future be among 100 European products that are protected in China against unauthorized imitation. Conversely, the geographical indications of 100 Chinese products such as Pu'er tea, Moutai schnapps or Panjin rice will also be protected in the EU.

Politics • European • Austria
Austria triples expenditures for security of Jewish institutions

Instead of the current funding contract, the Austrian government plans on determining the funding for the security of Jewish institutions by law in the future.

In addition, it is planned that the founding will be more than tripled to around €4 million.

Politics • European • Austria
Austria reports first Covid-19 cases in schools days after reopening
The Andersen Kindergarten in the Hügelpark in Hietzing, Vienna
The Andersen Kindergarten in the Hügelpark in Hietzing, Vienna Credit: Herzi Pinki (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

According to a spokesperson of the government "there are no major clusters at educational institutions" after three cases of Covid-19 have been reported in three different schools in Vienna and 13 cases at multiple kindergartens.

The classmates of the infected students now need to go into quarantine for ten days since their last contact with the infected person.