International friendly live: Germany vs. Russia

+++ Refresh page for updates, all times in CET +++ 20:34 – There’s little doubt that Monday’s Nations League clash against the Netherlands is Germany’s biggest of this international break, but this one isn’t without interest. With Thomas Müller struggling badly for form, Mesut Özil off the international scene and Marco Reus out of this match …

PISA scores linked to teacher status in society: study

Governments wanting higher pupil scores in the worldwide PISA surveys for abilities in reading, mathematics, science and teamwork should strive to improve their society’s regard for teachers and pay well, urged the London/Dubai-based Varkey Foundation on Thursday. The Varkey Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI) survey found “a direct link between teacher status and pupil performance as measured …

Merkel's Bavarian CSU allies reach coalition with Free Voters

Three weeks after suffering historic losses in Bavaria’s regional election, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) announced Friday it had agreed to a coalition government with the right-leaning Free Voters. A partnerships between the two parties had been widely expected and means that despite massive voter dissatisfaction with the CSU, it will continue as to be …

SWIFT could slow Trump's Iran sanctions

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is connected to over 10,000 banks and every second major cross-border transfer goes through its messages. It carries an average of approximately 26 million financial messages each day. Based in Belgium, SWIFT claims political neutrality, but has bowed to US influence in the past, blocking transactions to …

50 years in the making: Orson Welles' final feature debuts on Netflix

Since The Other Side of the Wind made its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in August, there has been great anticipation before the global release of Orson Welles’ legendary film that most believed would forever remain on that long list of cursed and never-completed movie projects. Such an end had seemed fitting since the semi-autobiographical film …

Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori sent back to jail pending corruption trial

A judge on Wednesday ordered Peru’s opposition leader, Keiko Fujimori, back to jail over allegations she used her conservative party to launder $1.2 million (€1 million) for Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Judge Richard Concepcion ruled the 43-year-old daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori should be detained for 36 months as a preventive measure to ensure …

Asia stocks fall sharply after Wall Street losses

Asian stock markets opened in the red on Thursday, a day after technology stocks hit Wall Street with the largest daily decline since 2011 and wiped out all of this year’s gains.  Japan’s Nikkei index was down 3.3 percent at opening, shedding more than 700 points, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped by nearly two percent. Australia’s …