Die Formel 1 startet eine eSports-Serie

Die Formel 1 erhält eine offizielle eSports-Serie, bei der virtuelle Fahrer um einen echten Titel kämpfen. Schon im September soll es losgehen.

Wer wird virtueller Formel-1-Weltmeister? Diese Frage kann man sich ab September stellen. Gamer sollen dann auch um den offiziellen Titel des Formel 1 Champions ringen können: Die Königsklasse des Rennsports will sich um eine eSports-Serie erweitern, die parallel zu den eigentlichen Autorennen stattfindet. 

Ab September wird die Formel-1-eSports-Serie die besten Fahrer in Ausscheidungsrunden ermitteln. Deren Top 20 werden dann im November in Abu Dhabi parallel zum regulären Motorsport um den Titel als Champion spielen – und vermutlich ein ansehnliches Preisgeld einstreichen. Die Ankündigung der neuen Sparte kam von der Formel 1 passend zum Start der aktuellen Version des Computerspiels Formula 1 am kommenden Freitag, berichtet Sport 1.

Bernie Ecclestone und sein Konsortium hatten eSports bei der Formel 1 immer abgelehnt. Liberty Media öffnet die Sportveranstaltung nun in diese Richtung und will so nicht nur neue virtuelle Fahrer, sondern auch ein ganz neues Publikum an Bord holen. Formel-1-Marketingchef Sean Bratches gab sich zuversichtlich, dass diese Chance auch genutzt werde.

Lindsey Vonn responds to leak of nude photos of herself and ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods

In a statement, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn called the leaked pictures of herself and ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods a “despicable invasion of privacy.”

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Lindsey Vonn released a statement over leaked photos.(Photo: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has called leaked nude photos of herself and ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods a “despicable invasion of privacy.”

The leak of photos hacked from Vonn’s cell phone was first reported by TMZ. Vonn released a statement to People  that was published Monday night.

“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos,” Vonn’s spokesman said in a statement to People.

“Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests. She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law.”

The photos were taken when Vonn and Woods were dating, according to the People report. The two announced in March 2013 on social media that they were dating. She attended his golf tournaments and was photographed with Woods’ two children. He went to Italy to watch Vonn break the World Cup record.

Woods and Vonn announced in May 2015 that they were breaking up, citing their busy schedules.

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Big protests expected as Trump goes to Phoenix for rally

Large protests could greet President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he travels to Arizona for his first campaign rally since he caused an uproar with his remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia.

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – Large protests could greet President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he travels to Arizona for his first campaign rally since he caused an uproar with his remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, asked the Republican president to postpone Tuesday’s event scheduled for 7 p.m. MST (0200 GMT on Wednesday) in light of his response to the street battles that broke out earlier this month at a protest against the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville.

Trump was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for the violence at the rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

“America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline,” Stanton wrote in the Washington Post. “With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match.”

Several anti-Trump demonstrations are planned for Phoenix, according to social media postings by local activists.

Some White House officials privately expressed concern on Monday about Trump’s Phoenix rally, fearing he might revisit the Charlottesville issue in the heat of the moment while cheered on by thousands of supporters.

It will be Trump’s first trip as president to Arizona, which he won in the 2016 election. He will also visit a border protection facility in Yuma, Arizona, along the U.S.-Mexican border as he seeks congressional funding for the wall he wants built..

While in Yuma, Trump will view equipment used to secure the border and attend a briefing on border protection, the White House said.

Department of Homeland Security officials told reporters on Tuesday that Yuma was an example of how adding barriers at the border could lower unlawful immigration. The area has seen an 82 percent decrease in illegal entries since 2007 after a fence was installed.

Republican Governor Doug Ducey told the Arizona Republic on Monday that he would welcome Trump on the tarmac when he arrived but would not attend the campaign rally.

Trump has clashed with Arizona’s two Republican U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, on various issues. Both lawmakers are critics of the president.

Trump said earlier this month that he was considering pardoning Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff found guilty of criminal contempt for violating the terms of a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case.

Additional reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney and Bill Trott

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The solar eclipse produced some fantastic photos—here are our favorites

We’re not pro photographers at Ars. Fortunately, there’s a space agency for that.

Fortunately, there’s a space agency for that. Two, even. And on Monday NASA and the European Space Agency deployed their resources on the ground and in space to capture the eclipse, doing so in stunning fashion. This gallery highlights everything from the International Space Station transiting the Sun during the eclipse, to astronauts on board the station itself taking pictures of the event back on Earth.

Listing image by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Brexit Britain: A United Kingdom of hate and denial

It’s time for ‘Leave’ campaigners to acknowledge and denounce the rise of Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Brexit Britain.

“When I see someone walk towards me on the street with a bottle of water or something, I just freak out.” Those were the words of Gina Miller, the City financier who famously took the UK government to court to ensure Parliament secured a vote on Article 50. 

Speaking to UK media, she admitted she was now considering leaving the country. She has suffered weeks of threats amid a spate of acid attacks, having already endured dozens of death threats. She lives with her young family under 24-hour protection, and meets with her police handlers to discuss her protection regularly. The police have already issued eight cease and desist letters against her more determined harassers.


WATCH: Racism on the rise in UK after Brexit vote (2:56)

Aristocrat Rhodri Colwyn Philipps was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison last month after posting messages on Facebook offering 5,000 British pounds to kill Miller, or as he put it “the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant … If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles”.

The three judges hearing Miller’s case, one of whom later sought police protection, were labelled “enemies of the people” by a leading national newspaper. Rather than explicitly denouncing the threats of violence, the Justice Secretary Liz Truss had her spokesperson remind journalists about freedom of the press.

Even as a Remainer, I could see there were plenty of decent, non-bigoted reasons why people might have voted Brexit. These ranged from making sovereignty more localised, to opposing spending waste, and even parts of the immigration arguments – which needn’t be presented in a xenophobic way, but so often are.

Nevertheless – there are disturbing and awkward realities about the groups of people in this country who supported Brexit. The way in which the Brexiteers won has clearly come at a high cost to the country. This is at a time when terrorist attacks and divisive leaders abroad are hardly making Western minorities lives any easier. 

READ MORE: Protests in UK against post-Brexit racism

Some of the Brexit movement, for example, supported Tommy Mair, the killer of Labour MP Jo Cox. After she was assassinated, the neo-Nazi group National Action which supported him put out a leaflet reading “#VoteLeave, don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain.”

You have to be in a special kind of gilded tower to think that neo-Nazis using your campaign slogans, judges hiding from assassins and Remain campaigners fleeing the country from acid attacks is the result of ‘robust debate’ and not veiled incitement.

 

Vote Leave was the name of the official Brexit campaign – run by now Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and recently reappointed cabinet minister Michael Gove. They were silent in denouncing National Action. 

Gove, who later ran a failed bid to become prime minister, even defended the tone of his campaign after Cox was murdered. He said he had “shuddered” when he saw Nigel Farage’s infamous “breaking point” Brexit poster, depicting refugees fleeing into Europe, but his wider point was the same as his colleague Liz Truss – “Free speech, robust debate, that is in the heart of our democracy.”

You have to be in a special kind of gilded tower to think that neo-Nazis using your campaign slogans, judges hiding from assassins and Remain campaigners fleeing the country from acid attacks is the result of “robust debate” and not veiled incitement.

Brexiteers now exercise the logic of Donald Trump. He recently said there was blame “on many sides” in Charlottesville, when one of the sides was chanting Hitlerian slogans and celebrating black slavery. Nobody on the Remain side of the Brexit vote killed anyone, or even came close.

In February, an investigation by the Press Association found hate crimes for three months after the referendum were at their highest since 2012.

Amazingly, one top Brexiteer columnist, Brendan O’Neill, attributed this to “the fact that various officials actively trawled for evidence of hate post-Brexit, imploring people to phone police hotlines”.

He was duly published in the paper of record for the British conservative movement; the Spectator magazine, which lent unforgivable credibility to this madcap conspiracy theory.

Then last month, Conservative MEP and media personality Dan Hannan, “the brains behind Brexit”, called the hate crime spike “idiotic” and a “preposterous statistic”.

READ MORE: UK – Hate crime ‘at record levels’ after Brexit vote

The very same month, however, new figures actually showed that even eleven months after the result, hate crime was still rising. 

Hannan, like so many Brexiteers, was clearly in denial.

This continuous rise was attributed to Brexit as well as Muslim terrorist attacks.

UPFRONT: London Mayor Sadiq Khan says ‘Leave’ camp must explain rising xenophobia (11:19)

Muslims are regularly asked to denounce terrorism. Why then aren’t the Brexiteers?

There has also been silence from Number 10 – no calls for calm or recognition that this rise in violence has been compounded by the particular type of Brexit campaign the lead Brexiteers chose to fight.

Likewise in the cabinet – key Brexit campaigners include the now Foreign Secretary, the International Trade Secretary, the Environment Secretary and the Brexit Secretary. They have been silent about a rising tide of violence, tucked away in their ministerial cars and, as white males, far from the danger themselves.

The collateral damage the Brexiteers have caused with their divisive campaign has also created a debt.

That debt comes in the form of a new environment they created. The Brexit campaign undeniably created an environment where abuse of anyone that looks “foreign” is increasingly normal, in which hate is legitimised by suited politicians and newspaper editors speaking not identical but strikingly similar language to the far right. In this environment they created, even – in the case of Jo Cox – murder is somewhat normalised.

Over a year from the referendum they won – this is a debt the Brexiteers must settle, and fast.

Alastair Sloan covers international affairs, politics and human rights for a variety of British newspapers and magazines.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

The push for UK fracking may be 55 million years too late

Cuadrilla is pressing ahead with a project to drill for shale gas in Lancashire, but a geologist thinks plans for industrial-scale fracking may be doomed

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The UK’s shale gas revolution has begun, but it might fizzle out almost immediately, a leading geologist has told New Scientist.

Last week, extraction company Cuadrilla announced that it had begun drilling at a site in Lancashire. Cuadrilla hopes to use hydraulic fracturing – known as fracking – to extract gas from shale rocks buried deep underground. The same technique has proved an enormous success in the US: in 2016, about 60 per cent of the country’s natural gas production came from shale.

The hope has been that the UK could start a similar shale gas revolution, helping the country to be less dependent on imported natural gas. The current government supports this idea, even though its own Climate Change Committee has said that industrial-scale fracking is likely to emit too many greenhouse gases and thus contribute to climate change.

However, this may all be academic. Geologist John Underhill at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, says the UK’s wannabe frackers are 55 million years too late.

Underhill has found that the island of Britain was lifted and tilted around 55 million years ago – around the time the Atlantic Ocean first opened – in many places by more than a kilometre. This means much of the UK’s shale may be too cold to host significant amounts of gas. That’s because, to hold the gas, rocks need to be 80°C or more, which can only happen if they are buried at 2 to 3 kilometres, he told New Scientist.

What’s more, the tilting of the island means that the UK’s rocks are structured in a complex way. “Because they’ve been uplifted, they have been cooled, depressured and deformed,” says Underhill. “Faults and folds have been created.” That means the UK’s rocks will be harder to drill through than those in the US, which are relatively simple.

This doesn’t mean the search for shale gas in the UK is pointless. “There’s a possibility that shale gas might work [to] a local extent,” says Underhill. But he says the idea that it could work on “an industrial scale”, enough to reduce the UK’s dependence on imports, is highly questionable.

More on these topics:

Schiffsunglück: Taucher entdecken mehrere Tote in US-Kriegsschiff

36 Stunden nach der Kollision der “USS John S. McCain” mit einem Öltanker vor Singapur wurden Leichen geborgen. Der Flottenkommandant versprach, das Unglück aufzuklären.

Nach dem Zusammenstoß eines US-Kriegsschiffs mit einem
Öltanker vor Singapur haben Taucher die Leichen von mehreren
amerikanischen Soldaten entdeckt. Dies bestätigte der Kommandant der
amerikanischen Pazifikflotte, Scott Swift. Demnach wurden die Toten
im Bauch des Zerstörers USS John S. McCain gefunden. Wie
viele Tote geboren wurden, sagte Admiral Swift nicht. Die Suche laufe
noch.

Zudem
konnten Swift zufolge malaysische Schiffe in der Nähe der
Unglücksstelle eine Leiche aus dem Wasser bergen. Offiziell werden
noch immer zehn Seeleute vermisst. Es wird befürchtet, dass keiner
von ihnen überlebt hat.

Die
McCain liegt mittlerweile im Hafen von Singapur, wohin sie
nach dem Zusammenstoß aus eigener Kraft fahren konnte. An der
Backbordseite des Schiffes klafft ein drei Meter großes Loch. Im
Inneren des Schiffes sind mehrere Räume überflutet, die von
Spezialtauchern abgesucht wurden. Es wird vermutet, dass die Soldaten
von dem Zusammenstoß überrascht wurden und sich nicht mehr in
Sicherheit bringen konnten.

Beim Zusammenstoß wurden auch mehrere US-Matrosen verletzt. Vier von ihnen wurden mit einem Hubschrauber in ein
Krankenhaus in Singapur geflogen, wie das Flottenkommando mitteilte. Die Kollision hatte sich am frühen Morgen ereignet, etwa acht
Kilometer entfernt von der Küste Malaysias. An Bord des Tankers
Alnic MC, der unter der Flagge Liberias fährt, wurde niemand
verletzt.

Die
USS John S. McCain ist nach dem Vater und dem Großvater des
US-Senators John McCain benannt. Beide dienten in der US-Marine als
Admiräle. Das Schiff dient unter anderem der Raketenabwehr und ist
mit Lenkraketen bestückt.

Erst
Mitte Juni waren sieben US-Soldaten beim Zusammenstoß des Zerstörers
USS Fitzgerald mit einem Containerschiff ums Leben gekommen. Zwei weitere
Unglücke der US-Marine in diesem Jahr gingen glimpflich aus. “Jeder
dieser vier Zwischenfälle ist einzigartig. Aber sie können nicht
getrennt voneinander betrachtet werden”, sagte Flottenkommandant
Swift. Die Marine werde ermitteln, ob es einen “gemeinsamen Grund”
gibt. Dies sei die Armee den toten Seeleuten und ihren Familien
schuldig.

Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

The ruling on “triple talaq” is seen as a major victory for women’s rights in India.

India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists.

In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “un-Islamic”.

India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.

The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called “triple talaq” custom.

The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups.

Women’s rights campaigners have hailed the court’s decision as a historic win.

There have been cases in which Muslim men in India have divorced their wives by issuing the so-called triple talaq by letter, telephone and, increasingly, by text message, WhatsApp and Skype. A number of these cases made their way to the courts as women contested the custom.

Triple talaq divorce has no mention in Sharia Islamic law or the Koran, even though the practice has existed for decades.

Islamic scholars say the Koran clearly spells out how to issue a divorce – it has to be spread over three months, allowing a couple time for reflection and reconciliation.

Most Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned triple talaq, but the custom has continued in India, which does not have a uniform set of laws on marriage and divorce that apply to every citizen.

Three of the five Supreme Court judges called the controversial practice “un-Islamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional”. One of the judges, Justice Kurien Joseph, said the practice was not an essential part of Islam and enjoyed no protection.

The judges also said it was “manifestly arbitrary” to allow a man to “break down (a) marriage whimsically and capriciously”.

Chief Justice JS Khehar, in a differing opinion, said that personal law could not be touched by a constitutional court of law. The opposing judgements also recommended that parliament legislate on the issue. However this is not binding and is up to parliament to take up.

The Indian government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has supported ending the practice. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought up the issue several times including in his Independence Day address on 15 August.

The judgement is a huge victory for Muslim women. For decades, they have had to live with the threat of instant divorce dangling over their heads like a sword.

Campaigners say over the years thousands of women, especially those from poor families, have been discarded by their husbands in this manner. Many have been rendered destitute, with nowhere to go, or have been forced to return to their parental homes or fend for themselves.

The top court has also sent a very strong message to Muslim clergy. India’s Muslim personal law board had called the practice “reprehensible” but said that it was not an issue for the courts and government to interfere in. With this latest ruling, this will no longer be the case.

The judgement is being widely hailed as a major win for Muslim women and women’s rights. The prime minister praised the “historic” ruling.

Judgment of the Hon’ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment.

End of Twitter post by @narendramodi

Shayara Bano, one of the main petitioners, said she appealed to people to accept the ruling and not politicise the issue. “I have felt the pain when family breaks. I hope no one has to go through this situation in future,” she told reporters.

Hasina Khan, founder of the Beebak Collective which fought against triple talaq, called the verdict “historic”. “We are extremely happy. Muslim women have struggled for years,” she told the BBC.

Zakia Soman, an activist from Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, another of the groups which contested the practice, said Indian women of many religions had supported them. “It’s a historic day for us, but it doesn’t end here,” she said.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which had maintained that the court had no jurisdiction over the matter, has yet to make an official statement on the ruling, but has convened a meeting to decide what its response should be, a report in Indian newspaper The Hindu said.

However, it quoted an executive member as saying that the judgement would have “wide ramifications” as it affected the religious rights of minority groups.

But the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIWPB), which had opposed the stand of the AIMPLB, said the judgment “could not have been better”.

“It will change the entire landscape of Muslim families. It’s now in the mainstream and will protect not only women, but children. Families will be more stable because children will also be protected,” Chandra Rajan, an advocate for the group, told the BBC.

On social media the hashtags #TripleTalaq and #SupremeCourt began trending on Twitter India even as the verdict was being announced. The hashtag #Tripletalaq is also trending globally on Twitter.

Dating from the 8th Century AD and not mentioned in the Koran, triple talaq divorces often conflict with countries’ legal systems.

India has become the 23rd country to outlaw them, joining places as far apart as Egypt, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

In countries including China and the UK a couple must go through the official channels to be legally divorced but there have been cases of individuals considering themselves divorced after the triple talaq has been said.

In Saudi Arabia the law leaves room for various interpretations of religious custom, and triple talaq is practiced.

This type of verbal divorce is practiced around the world but as it is illegal in so many countries, it is hard to say exactly how common it is.

Why must “talaq” be said three times? Under some interpretations of Islamic law, a man can divorce his wife and get back together with her – but only twice. After the third divorce, the marriage is completely over and cannot be started again without an intervening marriage to someone else.

Scholars are divided on whether it counts as a full and final divorce to say the word three times, or whether it needs to be said on three separate occasions.

Mohammed Houli Chemlal – one of four surviving suspects – was giving evidence in court in Madrid.

4 Barcelona attack suspects appear for court interrogations

MADRID (AP) — Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police. The four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in planning or carrying out vehicle attacks on pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern town of Cambrils early Friday. Mohamed Houli Chemlal, a 21 year-old arrested after he survived an explosion at a house in eastern Spain last week, was the first to testify before National Court Judge Fernando Andreu in Madrid. Andreu will decide whether the four should be jailed or released.

People stand next to candles and flowers placed on the ground, after a terror attack that left many killed and wounded in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Barcelona fugitive shot dead had knives, wore fake bomb belt

A policewoman stands guard on Las Ramblas promenade, in Barcelona, Spain, Monday Aug. 21, 2017. The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

A woman hugs a Muslim boy on the historic Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Monday Aug. 21, 2017. The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Hundreds of people attend a protest by the Muslim community condemning an attack in Barcelona, Spain, Monday Aug. 21, 2017. The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

A policeman hugs a boy and his family that he helped during the terrorist attack, at a memorial to the victims on Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain, Monday Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

In this combination photo, four un-named alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid before appearing in court in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday.(AP Photo)

Un-named alleged member of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid before appearing in court in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday. (AP Photo)

Un-named alleged member of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid before appearing in court in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday.(AP Photo)

Un-named alleged member of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid before appearing in court in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday.(AP Photo)

Un-named alleged member of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid before appearing in court in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday. (AP Photo)

MADRID (AP) — Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police.

The four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in planning or carrying out vehicle attacks on pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern town of Cambrils early Friday.

Mohamed Houli Chemlal, a 21 year-old arrested after he survived an explosion at a house in eastern Spain last week, was the first to testify before National Court Judge Fernando Andreu in Madrid. Andreu will decide whether the four should be jailed or released.

Chemlal’s testimony is considered key to understanding the motivations of the 12-man cell that killed 15 people and wounded over 120 in the two vehicle attacks. He is the lone survivor of a blast Wednesday that destroyed a house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, where police believe the cell was preparing explosives for an even bigger attack on the city. Over 100 tanks of butane gas and materials to make TATP explosive were found at the house, police say.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors said the four would be interrogated throughout the day in the presence of lawyers provided for them by the court. Speaking anonymously in line with court rules, she said the testimony would be in Spanish without interpreters.

Suspect Driss Oukabir was arrested Thursday in the northeastern town of Ripoll, as were two others identified by Spanish media as Mohammed Aalla and Salh el Karib. Police have not yet confirmed the last two names.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The lone fugitive from the cell — 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub — was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two police who confronted him in a vineyard not far from the city he terrorized.

Police said they had “scientific evidence” that Abouyaaqoub drove the van that barreled through Barcelona’s crowded Las Ramblas promenade on Thursday, killing 13 people, then hijacked a car and fatally stabbed its driver while making his getaway.

Abouyaaqoub’s brother and friends made up the rest of the 12-man extremist cell, along with an imam who was one of two people killed in the house explosion in Alcanar.

Police said with Abouyaaqoub’s death, the group responsible for last week’s fatal van attacks are all dead or in custody. Five were shot dead by police early Friday in Cambrils, where a second van attack left one pedestrian dead hours after the Barcelona van attack.

Chemlal was born in Melilla, one of Spain’s two North African coastal enclaves that have borders with Morocco. Spanish media say the other 11 suspects are mostly or all Moroccans that lived in Spain.

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This story has been corrected to show 13 were killed in Barcelona attack, instead of 14, and to correct the spelling of suspect’s surname to Chemlal.

Kommt Apple Pay schon im September nach Deutschland?

Laut einem Insider deuten mehrere Indizien auf einen baldigen Deutschlandstart von Apple Pay. Allerdings sprechen auch ein paar Fakten dagegen.

Die Hinweise mehren sich, dass der Bezahldienst Apple Pay schon im September nach Deutschland kommt. Bei führenden Direktbanken in Deutschland sollen die Vorbereitungen bereits abgeschlossen sein. Ein paar Zweifel am Marktstart gibt es dennoch.

Falls sich die Gerüchte von Diplom-Jurist Ehssan Khazaeli bewahrheiten, dürfte Apple Pay bereits Mitte September in Deutschland verfügbar sein. Mit dem Service zahlen Kunden mit ihrem iPhone oder der Apple Watch, dafür wird neben der Wallet-App lediglich eine Kreditkarte benötigt. Da im September vermutlich auch das iPhone 8 vorgestellt werden soll, wäre eine gemeinsame Präsentation mit Apple Pay durchaus denkbar, wie t3n berichtet. Allerdings gibt es auch ein paar Fakten, die gegen den baldigen Marktstart sprechen.

Ursprünglich war der Deutschlandstart für den Bezahldienst bereits im Oktober letzten Jahres vorgesehen. Dieser platzte jedoch. Jetzt wurde offenbar für IT-Mitarbeiter deutscher Direktbanken eine Urlaubssperre von Kalenderwoche 36 bis 39 verhängt, was ein Indiz für den kommenden Start von Apple Pay sein könnte.

Khazaeli hat laut Angaben von iphone-Ticker mit einem IT-Mitarbeiter gesprochen: Dieser sagte, dass Bankmitarbeiter Softwaretests in verschlossenen Räumen durchgeführt haben. Zudem wären die Validierungsprozesse für die Kreditkarten aufgesetzt worden. Ein weiteres Indiz, das für einen baldigen Start spricht, sind die in deutscher Sprache verfassten Apple-Pay-Informationen, die in frühen Versionen des anstehenden Betriebssystems iOS 11 aufgetaucht waren.