The most important news in the short overview:
- Authorities: Number of attacks in Sri Lanka corrected to 253 dead (7 pm)
- Macron wants to continue reform policy and announced facilitated referenda (18:43 clock)
- Murder series shakes Cyprus – Man confesses seven acts (18.20 clock)
- Dog dies in a hot car (3:13 pm)
- Manhole cover attack on train: Engine driver himself under suspicion (14:20)
- Joe Biden Announces Presidential Candidate (12:14 pm)
- No merger of Deutscher Bank and Commerzbank (10:41 am)
The news of the day in the star-Ticker:
+++ 21.58 clock: Rammstein's new song shown on intersection +++
The musicians of Rammstein have presented the second song of their new album with another spectacular action. On a Berlin intersection, the band, which is celebrated worldwide for its brachial rock, streamed the video "Radio" onto a house wall in Berlin Mitte and at the same time broadcast the song from the radio station rbb radioeins. Around 1000 fans had come to the intersection. After almost five minutes of action, the fans celebrated the song. With the video Rammstein honors with recordings in black and white another globally successful German band: video sequences and parts of the music can also be seen as a tribute to "radioactivity" by Kraftwerk in 1975.
+++ 21:05: Impartial woman dies after suspected car racing +++
After a suspected car race in Moers an uninvolved motorist succumbed to her injuries. As police and prosecutors announced, the 43-year-old woman died on Thursday. On Monday evening, two drivers had allegedly delivered an illegal race. One of the two drove into oncoming traffic and collided with the car of the 43-year-olds. He then got out and limped off. The second driver could have slowed down in time, but continued after the accident. A homicide mission will investigate in the case.
+++ 19:49: EU and Japan agree even closer cooperation +++
The EU and Japan have agreed on even closer cooperation at a summit in Brussels. In the final declaration of the talks, both sides committed to working together in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose stricter rules on industrial subsidies. In addition, they want to expand cooperation on environmental protection, security and defense. If possible later this year, a flight safety agreement should be signed.
+++ 19.00 clock: Authorities: number of attacks in Sri Lanka to 253 dead corrected +++
According to official figures, the attacks in Sri Lanka killed a good hundred fewer people than previously thought. The number of victims had been corrected after completion of the autopsy of 359 to 253, the authorities said. According to the Ministry of Health, several severely mutilated bodies were counted twice after the explosions on Easter Sunday.
+++ 18:43: Macron wants to continue reform policy and announces facilitated referendums +++
Despite five months of social protests of the "yellow vests", France's President Emmanuel Macron wants to continue its reform policy. He will continue to drive the "transformation" of the country, Macron told journalists and cabinet members. As concessions to the protest movement, he announced, among other facilitated referenda and a possible return to property tax. He also wanted to significantly reduce income tax.
+++ 18:20: Murder series shakes Cyprus – man admits seven acts +++
On the tourist island of Cyprus, a serial killer allegedly killed several women and buried them in the shafts of an abandoned ore mine and in other regions of the island. The police have so far discovered the bodies of three women. The alleged perpetrator, a 35-year-old captain of the Cypriot National Guard, has, however, according to police confessed to the murder of a total of five women and two children, reported the State Broadcasting Corporation RIK. The investigators fear that the man murdered even more women than he confessed so far, reported Cypriot media in unison. The captain is said to have persuaded the women from Asian countries as well as a Romanian and her daughter over the Internet to meet.
+++ 17:16: South Africa: number of dead after flooding rises to 67 +++
After heavy rains and floods in South Africa, the death toll has risen to 67. In addition, enormous damage to houses and infrastructure to complain, said a minister of the province concerned in front of journalists. On Wednesday, the authorities were still out of about 50 dead. About 1,000 people lost their homes as a result of landslides or floods. On the night of Tuesday, there had been heavy rains and thunderstorms in the region. Around the port city of Durban numerous streets and houses were flooded.
+++ 15:28: Green bosses reprimand Palmer +++
The Green bosses Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock have sharply criticized the mayor of Tübingen Boris Palmer for his comments on advertising faces of the railway. "He has judged people according to external characteristics and the question of who belongs to our society, derived from it both are not right," said the two party leaders on request of the German Press Agency. "Boris Palmer has opened a door to a racist worldview – he should close it quickly."
+++ 15:21: According to Amnesty killed US-led coalition in Al-Rakka 1600 civilians +++
In attacks by the US-led coalition against the former ISIS capital in Syria, some 1,600 civilians have been killed, according to human rights organizations. However, the military coalition has only been responsible for the deaths of 159 civilians, Amnesty International said. Together with the London-based NGO Airwars, Amnesty investigated civilian casualties in the offensive on the Syrian city of Al-Rakka, which was largely destroyed by the attacks.
+++ 15:13: Dog dies in hot car +++
In the car was a lifeless dog, on the dashboard a note: "To all the curious, there is a dog in the car, I know that and he is fine! Now take care of their belongings and do not mix in things that They do not concern you! " Nevertheless, a witness in Jülich called the police – but for the animal any help came too late. For hours it had been locked at noon at 25 degrees outside temperature and closed windows in the car, as the police said. The fire department had hit a car window on Wednesday afternoon and tried to free the dog. But the animal was already dead. The keeper, who showed up during the operation, told the police that he had supplied the dog with water two hours earlier. "Due to the locating situation – completely damp interior, fogged windows – came to the local officials at this portrayal doubt," said the police. Against the 52-year-old from Hattingen is now being investigated for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
+++ 2:20 pm: Manhole cover attack on train: Engine driver himself under suspicion +++
After the manhole cover attack on a regional train near Bad Berleburg in North Rhine-Westphalia is the 49 -year-old train driver of the train itself under suspicion. The police and prosecutors informed. A train from the Hessian State Railways had traveled nearly two weeks ago against several manhole covers, which hung on ropes from a bridge over the rails.
+++ 13.18 Clock: Berlin Greens members call for party exclusion Palmers +++
A group of Berlin Green politician calls for the party exclusion of Tübingen Mayor Boris Palmer. This has "established itself as a right-wing populist pover," it says in an open letter, for which the authors in Berlin and beyond to promote support. The series of his open or in their tendency "racist and inflammatory" postings is long. Palmer associates "nothing at all" with the values of the Greens. Palmer has repeatedly provoked his party in recent years with provocative statements, including on asylum policy. Recently, he had caused criticism of a publicity campaign by the railway for outrage.
+++ 12.37 Clock: number of recognized asylum seekers in the EU significantly decreased +++
The number of recognized asylum seekers in the EU has declined significantly over the past year. With 333,400 positive decisions across the EU, 40 percent fewer people were recognized as eligible for protection than the previous year, according to the statistics agency Eurostat. Accordingly, Germany was by far the largest number of recognized applicants, although the decline was strongest there as well. According to the statisticians, last year Germany provided protection for almost 140,000 people – in 2017 it was still over 325,000.
+++ 12.23 clock: AfD state party convention in Schleswig-Holstein canceled +++
The AfD Schleswig-Holstein has canceled its scheduled for the weekend state party convention because of a missing venue. The operator of the originally intended as a venue inn would no longer allow the AfD access, said Landespartteivize Bruno Hollnagel the German Press Agency. The landlord received several calls to persuade him not to receive the AFD. Even before the cancellation, there were irritations to the party congress. The state board had decided to let the meeting take place without the media.
The AfD wanted to elect at the party congress a new party leadership and the successor to former chairman Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein. The AfD Federal Executive had prohibited her from the end of December, the exercise of their duties and initiated a party exclusion, as they had campaigned for a far-right club.
+++ 12:14: Ex-US Vice President Biden wants to compete against Trump in 2020 election +++
Former US Vice President Joe Biden wants to play for the Democrats in the 2020 presidential election. That announced the 76-year-old on Thursday on Twitter.
+++ 11:52 am: Putin: North Korea needs safety guarantees on denuclearization +++
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korea needs security guarantees in exchange for nuclear disarmament. The international community must give guarantees regarding the security and sovereignty of North Korea, Putin said after talks with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vladivostok, Russia. It was the first summit meeting of the two heads of state.
+++ 11:34: Revision rejected: Schlecker children must go to jail +++
The children of the drugstore entrepreneur Anton Schlecker must take their prison sentences. Lars and Meike Schlecker had appealed against the rulings of the district court of Stuttgart. The Federal Court rejected this, but suspended the imprisonment by one or two months. Thus, Lars and Meike Schlecker have been legally sentenced to prison terms of two years and seven months. The two children of Anton Schlecker are accused of infidelity, insolvency, bankruptcy and aiding the bankruptcy of her father. Unlike the two-year prison term for her father Anton Schlecker, the children's sentences can not be suspended.
+++ 10:41 am: Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank end merger talks +++
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank end their talks about a possible merger. This is what both institutes in Frankfurt am Main said. A merger would therefore "not provide sufficient added value" – also with regard to the implementation risks, restructuring costs and capital requirements that accompanied such a large integration.
+++ 10.09 clock: BGH: Unitymedia may use router without approval for hotspots +++
The cable network operator Unitymedia does not have to obtain their consent for the use of routers of its customers as partially public Wi-Fi hotspots. A right of opposition is sufficient, ruled the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe. The consumer center North Rhine-Westphalia had complained about unreasonable harassment. Unitymedia offers its services in North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse.
Unitymedia had informed its customers in writing in 2016 that it was playing software for a second WLAN signal and granting customers the opportunity to object. There was no harassment, said the chairman Judge Thomas Koch. "The undisturbed use of the router by the customer is not affected by the activation of the second WLAN signal or by its operation." (Az: I ZR 23/18).
+++ 09.52 clock: Report: merger of Deutscher Bank and Commerzbank probably failed +++
The possible merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank has probably failed. "It comes down to a termination of the negotiations," quoted the "Handelsblatt" an insider. Formal decision was not yet. Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank did not comment on this.
+++ 08.56 Clock: First four-eye conversation Putin with Kim: "Full of content" +++
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have described their first long four-way conversation as "substantive". It was also about the situation on the Korean peninsula, which is one of the biggest international problems, said Kim in Vladivostok.
Putin said that both sides had also discussed how to improve the situation. The two expressed themselves after a more than one-hour conversation, as the Russian television showed. Details were not known.
+++ 08.25 Clock: Priests: For now, no more services in Catholic churches in Sri Lanka +++
After the attacks in Sri Lanka with more than 350 dead in the Catholic churches of the country for the time being held no more services. "On the advice of the security forces, we leave all churches closed," said a senior priest of the news agency AFP. For the time being, no public fairs would be celebrated anymore. According to government officials, security measures have been extended to churches nationwide.
+++ 8:01 am: US Department of Health reports record number of measles cases +++
The US Department of Health CDC records a record number of measles cases. The number of reported cases from 22 states rose to 695 on Wednesday. "This is the highest number of cases reported since the elimination of measles in that country in 2000 in the United States," the agency said.
The high number is mainly due to major outbreaks in the US state of Washington and in the city and in the same state of New York since the end of 2018. The longer the outbreaks lasted, the greater the likelihood that the disease could regain its footing in the US, it said.
The United States declared itself measles-free in 2000. Recent outbreaks are the result of unvaccinated travelers who imported the disease to the US, the CDC said.
+++ 07.57 clock: number of glyphosate lawsuits against Bayer continues +++
The number of lawsuits against the agricultural chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer for alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-containing weed killers has continued to rise. By April 11, claims were served by some 13 400 plaintiffs, said Bayer on Thursday in Leverkusen. That's about 2200 more than at the end of January.
The number of lawsuits has risen steadily, especially since August, after a jury trial awarded a cancer patient a large sum of damages. In March, Bayer suffered the next defeat in a jury trial. The judgments – and probably the standing in each case sums of around 80 million US dollars – caused a lot of attention and are likely to have attracted more plaintiffs.
+++ 7:22: Elevator on construction site in China crashes – Eleven workers dead +++
In Northeast China, eleven workers lost their lives in an elevator accident. Two other workers were seriously injured in the disaster, Chinese state media reported. As a result, the elevator was dumped at a construction site in Hengshui City, Hebei Province, due to a technical failure. In China, serious work-related accidents occur time and again because safety regulations are not adhered to. In March, at least 78 people were killed and hundreds were injured in an explosion in an industrial park in the eastern Chinese city of Yancheng.
+++ 07:20: 400 forces fight fire in the Hessian Seulingswald +++
Around 400 task forces fought on Thursday in Hessian Seulingswald (Hersfeld-Rotenburg) against a major fire. According to the police, about seven hectares of the forest area were in flames. After a heavy storm, the fire broke out late Wednesday evening. "We assume that a lightning has hit the forest," said a police spokesman. People are not in danger. Although the fire was under control in the morning, the extinguishing work would continue for several hours.
+++ 07.10 clock: Tesla enters the first quarter more than $ 700 million loss +++
The US electric car maker Tesla has made heavy losses in the first quarter of the year. In the first three months, the loss was $ 702 million (627 million euros), as the company founded by Elon Musk announced.
As justification, the company, which had posted profits in the previous two quarters, led to delays in deliveries of electric cars, especially in Europe and China. Tesla also made a cut in a tax benefit for electric vehicles in the US from $ 7,500 to $ 3,500.
+++ 06.43 clock: 16 more suspects arrested in Sri Lanka +++
After the devastating terrorist attacks with hundreds of dead in Sri Lanka, the investigators have arrested 16 other suspects. In total, there are now 76 suspects in custody, according to authorities. In addition, several vehicles were confiscated and new safety precautions were issued, including a ban on drones. The local investigators are supported by specially arrived teams of the US Federal Police FBI and Interpol.
Seven Sri Lankan suicide bombers blew themselves up almost simultaneously on Easter Sunday in three Christian churches in several cities and three luxury hotels in the capital, Colombo. Several hours later there were two more explosions in a small hotel and residential area in suburban Colombo. Another attack on a five-star hotel failed. The number of deaths was 359, according to police from Wednesday.
+++ 06:05: Study: Twelve million acres of tropical forest worldwide disappeared +++
According to a study, 12 million hectares of tropical forest have been lost worldwide in the past year. This corresponds to the area of Bavaria and Lower Saxony together. Of particular concern is the loss of the original rainforest in the tropics, according to the Global Forest Watch (GFW.
+++ 05:48 clock: Deutsche Bahn is in the first quarter about 10,000 recruitment commitments +++
Deutsche Bahn has already given 10,000 employment commitments in the first three months of this year. Among them are 870 train drivers, 650 service providers and 1020 maintenance personnel, as staff member Martin Seiler said. "We are working harder than ever to give our customers a better path." Overall, the group plans to hire 22,000 new employees this year.
+++ 04.41 clock: Court: Ghosn comes against million bail on free foot +++
A court in Tokyo has upheld a request for release on bail from detained ex-Nissan leader Carlos Ghosn. The court set the bail at 500 million yen (about four million euros). The prosecution may appeal against this decision.
+++ 04:39: Clear majority for complete government move to Berlin +++
25 years after the decision on the division of the Federal Government between Bonn and Berlin, a clear majority of Germans want a complete move from the Rhine to the Spree. In a survey by the polling institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 55 percent said so and only 27 percent against.
Even in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the former federal capital of Bonn is located, more citizens are in favor of a complete removal than against it: At 47 to 36 percent, however, the result was, as expected, scarcer than in the rest of the republic. Of the Berliners, almost two-thirds (65 percent) want the entire government in their city, only 18 percent would prefer to do without it.
+++ 4:19: issue of the 500-euro note ends on Friday +++
The days of the 500 Euro bill are numbered. Only until this Friday (April 26) are the purple banknotes available at the Bundesbank and the Austrian National Bank. A run on the largest euro note in the last weeks before the expenditure stop the German central bank can not determine. "Exceptional hoarding activities did not exist," said Bundesbank CEO Johannes Beermann. Demand in Germany has been stable since the beginning of the year.
+++ 04:05: Burger chain McDonald's is teilvegan +++
In light of the trend to abandon animal products, McDonald's burger chain is entering the vegan business. The sale of the "Big Vegan" Burgers will begin at the end of this month, with no animal ingredients, the company said. "The trend to meatless is getting bigger," said company spokesman Philipp Wachholz. In Austria and Switzerland the vegan offer will not be on the menu.
+++ 03.24 clock: US border guards on the border with Mexico left alone tri-year +++
US border guards have picked up a left-over three-year-old on the Mexican border. His name and phone number were written on the crying child's shoes, the US Customs and Border Guard said. Thus, a patrol near the Texas town of Brownsville had encountered a group of suspected illegal immigrants. When the officers wanted to arrest the migrants, they fled into a cornfield.
There, the US border guards found the boy, "alone and crying," as the agency said. He was taken to a hospital but was in good health. Attempts to locate his family were initially unsuccessful.
+++ 03:12: US Secretary of State suspects IS behind attacks in Sri Lanka +++
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assumes that the terrorist network Islamic State (IS) has prepared or even carried out the ground for the series of attacks in Sri Lanka. "I would like to say that all indications suggest that this was at least inspired by the IS," said Pompeo in an interview with the broadcaster CBS, which was published in excerpts and is to be broadcast in full length on May 1.
The investigations are not yet completed and he expects that there will be even more information on whether there are real connections to the IS, added Pompeo.
+++ 03:05: US condemn exhibition of Russian passports for Eastern Ukrainians +++
The US government has condemned Russia's decision to provide Russian citizens with easier passes in eastern Ukraine. "With this highly provocative act, Russia is stepping up its assault on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," said a US State Department statement.
The decision of President Vladimir Putin created a serious obstacle to the implementation of the agreements of the Minsk agreement and for the re-integration of the Donbass region.
+++ 3:05: US racist executed after brutal murder of black +++
In the US, a racist sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a black man has been executed. John William King was killed in the prison of Huntsville in the US state of Texas with a lethal injection, the authorities said. In 1998, the 44-year-old, together with two accomplices, tied a black man to a car and dragged him to his death.
The case of 49-year-old James Byrd had severely shaken the US and recalled the lynching at the time of racial segregation. King and two other men had abducted the hitchhiker, beaten up, and finally tied to their pickup. Then they drove around and dragged Byrd behind them.
+++ 02:17: Hollywood star by Donald Trump again damaged +++
Donald Trump's star on Hollywood's famous "Walk of Fame" has been damaged again. This time, a stranger with spray paint got down to business, US media reported. The internet service TMZ.com has posted a video showing someone spraying the badge with black paint and then writing the words "Putin's Bitch" in white.