VW to intensify talks with Northvolt on battery project: Boersen-Zeitung

Volkswagen is intensifying talks with Swedish startup Northvolt on plans to jointly build up battery cell production in Salzgitter, near its headquarters in Lower Saxony, one of its board members told a German newspaper.
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Taiwan to send plane to evacuate citizens from virus-hit ship in Japan
Taiwan plans to send a chartered flight this week to evacuate its citizens from a virus-hit cruise ship in Japan, the Taiwan government said on Wednesday.
Japan government conducts emergency survey on banks amid China virus outbreak
Japan's financial watchdog has begun conducting an emergency survey on domestic financial institutions with business operations in China to gauge how the coronavirus outbreak could affect credit costs, government sources said on Wednesday.
Beijing says firmly opposes new U.S. rules on China state-backed media
China said on Wednesday it firmly opposes new rules imposed by the United States against five Chinese government and ruling Communist Party-backed media entities and warned it reserved the right to respond to Washington's actions.
Ex-Temple University fraternity president convicted of attempted sexual assault after victim testimony
Former Temple University fraternity president Ari Goldstein was convicted Tuesday for his role in an attempted sexual assault of another student -- one of two incidents presented to the jury.
Mom drugged by attempted baby snatcher now sleeps with knife under pillow
The Washington state mom who was allegedly drugged by a woman posing as a photographer in a scheme to kidnap her baby daughter said Tuesday that she’s been sleeping with a knife under her pillow since the ordeal. The mother, Elysia Miller, said at a press conference Tuesday that she’s terrified to let her children...
Man dies after fall from Maryland rock formation, police say
The fall was from the King and Queen Seat in Rocks State Park, authorities say.
Mongolia to shut schools until March 30 to curb virus outbreak
Mongolia will keep all its schools shut until March 30 in order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in the country, the government said on Wednesday.
Foreign visitors to Japan fall for fourth straight month in January
The number of foreign visitors to Japan fell for the fourth straight month in January as the impact of a South Korean boycott continued to weigh, with further, sharper falls expected ahead as the coronavirus keeps away Chinese travelers.
Last passengers leave cruise ship in Cambodia after virus clearance
Remaining passengers who were stuck onboard a cruise ship docked in Cambodia for almost a week left the vessel on Wednesday after they tested negative for the coronavirus, a government official said.
Meet the Conan Staffer Who Has to Raise Andy Richter From Infancy to Adulthood Every Single Day
“Every morning at 9:00 a.m. sharp, a baby Andy Richter is left at the Conan studio door …”
Tony Romo teases he’s decided on next broadcasting job
Tony Romo says he has an idea of what his next broadcasting job will be, but he’s not ready to let it be known to the public. Romo, whose contract with CBS is up, has quickly become one of the best NFL analysts in the business and can talk to other networks now. Nevertheless, CBS...
'Saved by the Bell' actress Lark Voorhies says she feels 'slighted and hurt' over reboot snub
Lark Voorhies is speaking out. The actress, best known for playing Lisa Turtle in "Saved by the Bell," recently visited "The Dr. Oz Show," where she talked about the show's upcoming reboot and her feelings toward not being included.
Harry Reid: Iowa's Caucus Problems Strengthen Nevada's Case For Going First
The former Senate majority leader said Nevada's diverse population is more reflective of the Democratic electorate and after Iowa's troubles, his state has "a tremendously good case."
Nevada Democratic debate: Who made the stage, how to watch, and what to expect
This is the final debate before Nevada's caucuses on Saturday.
Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home
Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to Chicago early Wednesday. (Feb. 19)       
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'Step Up' star Jenna Dewan, Tony winner Steve Kazee announce engagement
Wedding bells are ringing! Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee both took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce their engagement.
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South Korean church services seen as center of spike in coronavirus cases
South Korea reported 15 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, including 10 people involved in a surprise outbreak traced to several church services in the central city of Daegu.
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Klobuchar vows to bring 'decency' back to Washington
During a CNN town hall in Nevada, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) vowed to bring a sense of "decency" back to the presidency if she is elected.
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Wisconsin man charged after allegedly shooting kids who threw snowballs at his car
A Wisconsin man was arrested for allegedly shooting three kids after they threw several snowballs at his car last month, a report said Tuesday. William Carson, 24, is accused of opening fire at a group of seven children who were chucking snowballs at passing vehicles in Milwaukee on Jan. 4,  FOX 6 News reported, citing...
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A stuntwoman threatened her ex-husband and his wife in their driveway. He shot and killed her and her husband, police say
Stuntwoman Cheryl D. Sanders and her husband were shot dead after they allegedly threatened her ex-husband and his wife in their driveway, police say.
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Brit Awards 2020: Best red carpet fashion
Last night, the Brit Awards -- the UK music industry's biggest night -- took over London's O2 arena to celebrate some of the world's most famous artists and emerging acts. It was an evening that saw lots of great black British talent, a few politically charged speeches and, disappointingly (but by now in no way surprising), too few women recognized for their work.
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Mexican national held in Florida, accused of spying on US for Russia
A Mexican citizen has been arrested in Florida for allegedly working as a Russian agent to get information on the U.S. government, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
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DOJ denies reports that AG William Barr plans to resign over Trump tweets
Attorney General William Barr does not intend to step down from his post — despite reports that he has considered quitting over his frustration with President Trump’s tweets about Justice Department cases, the department said Tuesday. Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said on Twitter that her boss had no plans to quit, calling reports...
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Rod Blagojevich thanks Trump: I'm a Trump-ocrat
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojovich, a Democrat who has served eight years of a 14-year prison sentence for a host of public corruption charges, including trying to solicit money for an appointment to former President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat, thanks President Donald Trump after Trump commuted his prison sentence.
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Bong happy ‘Parasite’ succeeded despite disparity it showed
“Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho says the biggest pleasure the film brought to him is its success despite his explicit portrayal of wealth disparity in modern society
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US judge rejects Huawei lawsuit challenging a ban on its products
A US judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by Chinese tech company Huawei challenging the constitutionality of a law that banned federal agencies from buying its products.
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Brit Awards 2020: Best of red carpet fashion
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles were among the best-dressed stars at the annual British music awards ceremony.
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Aaron Judge: Astros should be stripped of 2017 title, players punished by commissioner
Anger surrounding the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal hasn’t abated. New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is the latest player to criticize the 2017 World Series winners, saying Houston should be stripped of its the title and the offending players should be punished, according to reports.
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Xi Jinping says battle against coronavirus making "visible progress" as death toll passes 2,000
The death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 2,000 but Chinese authorities say they are making "visible progress" in fighting the outbreak. Meanwhile, passengers begin to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
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How an Iron-Ore Billionaire Escapes ESG Scrutiny
Fortescue founder Andrew Forrest can do more to reduce carbon emissions. The go-to excuses are getting weaker as technology improves.
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Basketball: City quarterfinal results and updated schedule
Basketball: City quarterfinal results and updated schedule
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Ryan Newman ‘awake and speaking’ after horrific wreck during Daytona 500
Updates have been scarce on the condition of the veteran driver, whose car went airborne at the end of the Daytona 500.
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The Perils of Allying With the Far Right
The far right in Germany may be confined to the opposition benches, but they are proving just how disruptive they can be.Earlier this month, in the country’s eastern state of Thuringia, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) joined Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling center-right Christian Democrats and the pro-business Free Democrats to elect the latter party’s candidate for state governor. That a regional leader was elected with far-right support prompted a national uproar. Within days, Merkel condemned the result as “unforgivable,” the winning candidate stepped down, and the Christian Democrats’ leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer—thought to be Merkel’s anointed successor when the chancellor steps aside next year—resigned.This saga demonstrated just how much of a disruptive force the far right in Germany has become, but the lessons from the episode ought to be heeded by mainstream parties elsewhere in Europe too. As politics becomes more fragmented, and as established parties lose votes to emerging smaller ones, mainstream groupings can no longer count on ruling alongside like-minded allies, let alone by themselves. They must begin to form broad coalitions with opposition parties elsewhere on the political spectrum to avoid being forced into alliances with the far right.Although far-right parties have surged across Europe, the response to their gains has varied widely. In several countries, including France, Denmark, and Sweden, mainstream center-right and center-left parties attempted to curb the far right’s ascent by adopting some of their language and policies—particularly on potent issues such as immigration—with the hope of attracting voters back from the fringes. In others, the mantra of “if you can’t beat them, join them” won out, resulting in the emergence of far-right parties in coalition governments in countries including Austria and Italy. (Though it’s worth noting that few of these coalitions have survived full terms.)In Germany, however, the tactic has always been a simple one: complete exclusion. The reason for this is primarily historical. As a country deeply conscious of its Nazi past, the mere thought of allowing a far-right party like the AfD into government “would be a historical minefield,” Sudha David-Wilp, the deputy director of the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, told me. This is the reason that the country’s mainstream parties have mostly ruled out working with the AfD, and it also helps explain why the events in Thuringia reverberated in the way that they did. Though the candidate for governor wasn’t himself a member of the AfD, fears abound that the emergence of the far right as kingmakers, even at the local level, could put the party on a path to national dominance. After all, it was in Thuringia that the first Nazi politicians assumed office in the waning days of the Weimar Republic—then, too, with the support of conservative parties—before ultimately advancing to the national stage.Not all of these strategies have been effective, though. Across Europe, mainstream parties’ tactic of imitating their far-right counterparts in a bid to undermine them hasn’t been proved to work: Not only do these parties fail to attract enough far-right voters (as France’s former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen put it, “Voters always prefer the original to the copy”), but they also risk alienating their more traditional supporters in the process.“There is no evidence that shifting to the right diminishes the electoral support for the radical right,” Werner Krause, a research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, told me. By copying their positions, he added, mainstream parties risk “legitimizing and normalizing” them instead.Nor is there evidence to suggest that far-right parties, once in power, necessarily lose support (the theory being that inviting them into government would dull their extremism, or otherwise reveal that extremism to the wider public). In Italy, for example, Matteo Salvini’s League maintained its strength while in government, momentum it has kept since being booted from the governing coalition last year. Even in Austria, although the scandal-ridden Freedom Party has fallen in the polls, its core base of supporters remains intact.In maintaining its cordon sanitaireagainst the far right, Germany has sought to avoid either scenario. But this hasn’t proved easy. Across Europe, political dealignment has made the formation of viable governing coalitions incredibly challenging—a lesson Germany knows all too well. Following the country’s last general election in 2017, it took four months for the Christian Democrats to begrudgingly resume their “grand coalition” with the center-left Social Democrats after talks with other smaller parties broke down. As far-right parties continue to gain electorally, shutting them out will prove all the more difficult. And once that cordon sanitaire has been broken, it’s nearly impossible to rebuild. (One could make the case that the damage has already been done: Though the AfD didn’t succeed in getting one of its own candidates into office in Thuringia, the party can point to the events there as proof of its outsize role in influencing the outcome.)The only meaningful way that mainstream parties can continue to exclude the far right from government is to accept two new realities: First, they must abandon the hopes of governing exclusively in like-minded coalitions. For Germany’s mainstream parties, this means accepting that “there is no power option … for a right-of-center government,” Krause said. “This option, at least if we exclude the AfD, does not exist in the future.”Second, and relatedly, they must be open to the formation of broader partnerships—even with parties they may not necessarily see as traditional allies. For center-right parties, in particular, this means looking further afield to groups on the left such as the Greens, which have enjoyed their own surge in popularity across the continent in recent years. After all, as climate change becomes a greater priority to voters, the shift won’t necessarily be a difficult one for mainstream parties to make. This creative approach is already being put to the test: In Austria, the ruling People’s Party (which was previously allied with the far-right Freedom Party) is now in coalition with the Greens. It was an arrangement that required compromise on both sides: carbon neutrality commitments to satisfy the Greens, and stricter controls on migration to placate the center-right.The challenges of excluding the far right are only likely to get harder. Indeed, a recent poll found that nearly half of Germans expect the AfD to be in national government within the next decade. Absent a change in strategy by mainstream parties, they may find themselves proved right.
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What to watch on Wednesday: ‘The Chef Show’ returns on Netflix
Wednesday, Feb. 19 | The next Democratic presidential debate airs on NBC and MSNBC.
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Xi says battle against virus making 'visible progress'
The death toll from the novel coronavirus passed 2,000 on Wednesday, marking a grim milestone in the battle to contain the deadly outbreak, as countries across Asia registered an uptick in confirmed cases.
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Mexican national charged with acting as Russian agent in the US, DOJ says
A Mexican national has been arrested and charged with acting as a Russian agent within the United States, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
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Source: Barr thought about resigning over Trump's interference
Attorney General William Barr has told people he's considered resigning over President Donald Trump's interference with Justice Department matters, particularly the President's tweets, according to a source close to the situation.
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Santa Ana Mater Dei gets 43 points from Devin Askew to defeat Rancho Christian
No. 7-seeded Monarchs are 2-0 in pool play in Southern Section Open Division playoffs
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MLBPA: We fully cooperated with league on Astros’ probe
The Major League Baseball Players Association said in a statement late Tuesday that they fully cooperated with the league regarding the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing investigation after commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB and the union had reached an agreement for player immunity to avoid a stalemate. “Any suggestion that the Association failed to cooperate with the...
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Donald Trump and his pardon triangle
President Donald Trump on Tuesday picked a handful of corrupt former officials and corrupt wealthy influence peddlers and granted them clemency, just days after his administration's latest controversy: accusations that he was tipping the scales of justice in favor of his friend Roger Stone (which he keeps saying he has every right to do, but denies doing).
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Trump's pardon spree deepens crisis gripping American justice
President Donald Trump just appointed himself America's judge and jury, casting even deeper doubts on whether the nation's impartial justice system can withstand his expanding political assault.
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Sanders Campaign to Request Recount After Iowa Recanvassing Shrinks Buttigieg's Lead
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign indicated Tuesday they will request a full recount of some Iowa precincts after recanvassing results show former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg's lead has diminished.
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'Master virus hunter' voices concerns after trip to China
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, known as a "master virus hunter" speaks to CNN's Anderson Cooper under quarantine after his trip to China. He said there's still a lot to be learned on the virus. Watch "Full Circle" every weeknight at 5pm E.T.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks rise on lull in virus worry, euro still weak
Asian shares and U.S. stock futures rose on Wednesday, as investors tried to shake off worries about the coronavirus epidemic after a slight decline in the number of new cases.
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'Parasite' filming locations you can visit in Seoul
With South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" becoming the first ever non-English film to snag the Best Picture award at the 2020 Oscars, interest in the Seoul locations it features has skyrocketed.
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Syracuse University students renew protests following administration's response to racist incidents
Students at New York's Syracuse University are occupying a school building again, citing the administration's handling of previous and recent racist incidents on campus. #NotAgainSU, a black student-led movement at Syracuse University, launched a sit-in Monday afternoon in the school's admissions building Crouse-Hinds Hall.
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Laura Ingraham: Virginia's Second Amendment advocates score a win over Democrats Northam, Bloomberg
Gun-rights activists scored a Second Amendment victory in Virginia this week over the state's Democrat governor and legislature and gun-control financier -- and Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, Laura Ingraham reported Tuesday.
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Jack Leiter, son of ex-MLB All-Star Al Leiter, tosses 5 no-hit innings in Vanderbilt debut
Jack Leiter, son of former MLB All-Star Al Leiter, had one of the best debuts in Vanderbilt history as he tossed five no-hit innings, striking out 12.       
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