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Female Bundeswehr soldiers abused and forced to pole-dance A new report details the humiliation and harrassment at a southern German army base. New recruits had to strip down and go through cruel hazing rituals. Germanyʼs defense minister has condemned the actions as repulsive. The Staufer barracks in Pfullendorf, a small town in southern Germany, are a special operations training center for the Bundeswehr, Germanyʼs army. But the gruesome events that have taken place there have absolutely nothing to do with regular soldier training. A new report by the German defense ministry recounts the humiliating steps a female trainee had to go through as part of a sadistic "entrance exam." Nicole E said she was forced by her superiors to pole-dance in the common room of the barracks. In addition to the pole, the likes of which are usually a staple in strip clubs and not Bundeswehr training centers, the lounge also had a bar stocked with hard liquor.

Serial dog thief on the loose in Munich A golden retriever has been reunited with his family after being kidnapped and sold on Ebay to an unsuspecting dog lover. Unidentified livestock professionals are also stealing cows in eastern Germany. The floppy-eared, sevenyear-old Luca was returned to his grateful family six days after disappearing near Theodor-Heuss-Platz in east Munich, the local German paper "Merkur" reported on Tuesday. The dogʼs return marked a happy ending to one of a series of dog abductions that has plagued the region for over a year and which police attribute to a single individual who remains at large. Lucaʼs family notified the local police and the Munich animal shelter when Luca failed to return home hours after giving his owner the slip on Friday, February 3.

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France warns Russia against meddling in presidential election The attacks are seen as a boon to right-wing candidates who support closer ties to Moscow

A French warning to Russia not to interfere in elections comes after cyberattacks against pro-European candidate Emmanuel Macron. France issued a stern warning to Russia on Wednesday not to interfere in its upcoming presidential election in the spring. The warning comes amid growing indications that the Kremlin is trying to tilt the election towards right-wing parties in France that favor closer ties to Russia. "We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, whether by Russia or any other state," said Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. "After what happened in the United States, it is our responsibility to take all steps necessary to ensure that the integrity of our democratic process is fully respected," he told parliament. US intelligence agencies have accused Russian intelligence of hacking Democratic Party emails in an effort to embarrass Hillary Clinton, the partyʼs presidential candidate in last yearʼs election. But the French governmentʼs warning came in direct response to allegations by Franceʼs stridently pro-Europe candidate, EmmanuelMacron, who accused the Kremlin of a month-long barrage of cyberattackson his campaignʼs web-

site and email servers. Macronʼs spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux, accused Moscow of trying to boost conservative nomineeFrancois Fillon and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, both of whom urge closer ties to Russia. "Half of the attacks, and there are hundreds a day, come from Ukraine, which is known for its links to hackers and people responsible for cyberattacks in Russia," Griveaux said. Macronʼs aides have also accused the state-owned Russia Today (RT) channel and the Sputnik news agency of waging a smear campaign against the 39-year-old former economy minister. A Sputnik interview with a pro-Fillon lawmaker titled "Ex-French Economy Minister Macron Could Be ʼUS Agentʼ" is one example of Russiaʼs alleged interference. The article also quoted the lawmaker as saying Macron was backed by a "wealthy gay lobby." Macron, who is married, last week found himself denying rumors of having had an affair with a man. The Kremlin vehemently denied Tuesday Macronʼs allegations of meddling.

Indonesia cracks down on condom sales on Valentineʼs Day Restrictions on Valentineʼs Day come amid concern over the growing influence of hardline Islam. Local authorities in parts of Indonesia said Valentineʼs Day is against cultural norms. Authorities in parts of Indonesia on Tuesday cracked down on condom sales and banned students from celebrating Valentineʼs Day, saying the romantic holiday encourages unmarried sex and is against cultural norms in the worldʼs most populous Muslim country. Police in the city of Makassar on Sulawesi Island raided supermarkets and seized condoms as part of an operation to warn against selling contraceptives to teenagers and unmarried people. "These raids were done after we received reports from residents that the minimarts were selling condoms in an unregulated way, especially on Valentineʼs Day," Makassar police official Jufri was quoted as saying in a media report.

Police in Hong Kong found guilty of assaulting protestor Seven officers have been found guilty of causing bodily harm to social worker Kenneth Tsang, a prominent pro-democracy advocate. Footage of the attack sparked outrage around the world during 2014ʼs massive protests. Seven police officers in Hong Kong were found guilty on Tuesday of assaulting an activist during the territoryʼs 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations. The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

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How President Trump’s entry ban rattled an Iranian-American immigration lawyer

President Trump’s order barring travellers from seven predominantly Muslim nations has led to detentions at US airports. An Iranian-American lawyer told DW how the ban personally affected her. Unlike many of the executive orders President Donald Trumpʼs signed in his first week in office, the one titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" had immediate repercussions in the US and around the world. According to media reports, several travelers were barred from boarding a New York-bound airplane in the Egyptian capital Cairo, even though they held valid visas. At major US airports like New Yorkʼs John F. Kennedy, or Dallas/Fort Worth International, dozens of people from the seven countries affected by the ban - Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan - were stopped and detained. In response to the US ban, Iran said on Saturday it would bar US citizens from entering the country. Venezuelan vice president in hot water over drug trafficking allegations

The US has accused Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami of being a drug "kingpin." This is one of a series of allegations Washington has brought against the South American nation. Tobias Käufer reports from Bogota. Venezuelaʼs socialists see Tarek El Aissami as a future leader. The 42-year-old career politician has risen quickly up the party ranks to advance to the center of power. He was 33 years old when the revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez appointed him minister of the interior and granted him access to police and security services in the South American country. Just weeks ago, President Nicolas Maduro made him his deputy, sending a signal domestically and abroad that Venezuelaʼs crisis-ridden leader had chosen his successor. But now El Aissami of all people is under suspicion for drug trafficking - at least that is what Washington says. The United States governmentimposed sanctions against the politician and blacklisted him as an international drug trafficker. His assets in the US have been frozen, so no one can conduct business with him in the country without being penalized. Sources in Washington claim that El Aissami and his confidante, Samark Lopez Bello, have overseen international trafficking activities worth millions of dollars. 2

Germany emphasizes importance of two-state solution The discussion occurs as US President Trump prepares to host Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Germany has reaffirmed its support of a two-state solution in the Middle East after reports the US was open to alternatives. Following comments from the White House that - contrary to Americaʼs long-standing policy - a two-state solution may not be necessary for peace in the Middle East, Germany has insisted that the approach cannot be abandoned. German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said a two-state solution was the foundation of Germanyʼs Middle East policy. The head of a German parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Norbert Röttgen,

Germany and France put on united front in the face of external crises German Foreign Minister Gabriel and his French counterpart will cooperate closely on issues such as Russia, Ukraine and ties to the United States. The two have hit out at US President Donald Trumpʼs refugee ban. Germanyʼs new foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, pledged on Saturday to work closely with France in forging stronger European solidarity amid increasing Russian threats in eastern Europe and a potential cooling in relations with the United States. In his first foreign visit asGermanyʼs top diplomat, Gabriel told reporters in Paris, "Europe has no reason to fear

was quoted by "Die Welt" newspaper as saying "the two-state solution is the only way Israel can remain a democratic and a Jewish state at the same time." Niels Annen, foreign policy spokesperson for the Social Democrats in parliament, told the same paper that if the alleged shift in the US stance on Israel was indeed true, "it would torpedo the efforts of the United Nations and cause a break in German-American Middle East policy." the future - we have no reason for subservience or restraint." French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed France and Germanyʼs common desire for a stronger Europe, saying, "If Germany and France are moving in the same direction and are thinking in the same direction, then Europe is moving forward." The two men also vowed to set up bilateral working groups to specialize on tackling key external issues, including Russia and the Ukraine crisis.

Leaders, groups and businesses react to US immigration ban US President Trumpʼs order banning travelers from some majority-Muslim countries from entering the US has

Alleged US military raid in Yemen kills civilians and Al Qaeda militants Several sources said the dawn raid targeted a school and a mosque, as well as houses belonging to senior militants. If confirmed it would be the first US raid in Yemen under Donald Trumpʼs presidency. A US military raid in Yemen killed up to 41 suspected Al-Qaeda militants and up to 16 civilians on Sunday, several sources said. Eight women and eight children were killed in the dawn raid on Yakla district in the central province of Bayda, a provincial official, who did not want to be named, and tribal sources told the news agency AFP. Sources told the agency EFE that six women and three children were killed in the attack, . The raid targeted the homes of three tribal chiefs linked to Al-Qaeda, tribal sources told AFP earlier. But Apache helicopters also targeted a school, a mosque and a medical facility used byAl-Qaeda militants, the provincial official said. Before the arrival of commandos, about 20 Apache helicopters and drones flew over the area and attacked a school, a mosque and a jail, considered to be the headquarters of the terrorist members, several neighbors told EFE.

taken effect. Politicians, including the German chancellor, and rights groups have voiced concern at the ban. Airlines across the globe are turning back would-be passengers from countries affected by a US immigration ban that bars them from entering the United States. Leading political and business figures moved quickly to condemn the ban that US President Donald Trump put in place on Friday keeping citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. The executive order has also been applied to people with permanent residence permits, known as green cards. In Europe, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel decried the order during a press conference with his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, in Paris. Gabriel said Trumpʼs refugee policy contradicted Americaʼs Christian traditions of "love thy neighbor."

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Canada PM Trudeau seeks common ground with President Trump in Washington Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington DC Monday and met with US President Donald Trump. The two leaders were to discuss free trade and, potentially, immigration. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to the White House Monday where he shook hands with US President Donald Trump for the first time since Trumpʼs inauguration. Trudeau is the third foreign leader to meet with Trump, following British Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders were scheduled to talk about free trade between the neighboring countries and beyond, as well as a roundtable discussion about

Council of Europe accuses Turkey of violating human rights The Council of Europe has accused Ankara of violating human rights by limiting free speech and influencing the judiciary. The human rights commissioner asked Erdoganʼs administration to lift the state of emergency. Nils Muiznieks, the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, on Wednesday called on Ankara to "urgently change course" by re-establishing judicial independence and securing citizensʼ right to free speech. "The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorship," Muiznieks said in a statement. Muiznieks urged Ankara to revoke the current state of emergency, saying that an attempted coup and terror threats could not justify "an unprecedented infringement of media freedom" or "a clear disavowal of rule of law and due process." The human rights commissionerʼs 25-page report was based on visits to Turkey in April and September 2016.

women in the workplace. Before the trip, Trudeau said he expected to "find a lot of common ground" with Trump. The two countries are incredibly important to one another in trade. More than 75 percent of Canadaʼs exports goes to its sole neighbor as 18 percent of US exports go to Canada. Canadians are concerned about what Trump may do to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an agreement Trump has vowed to renegotiate.

World order in crisis mode as G20 meets

With the foreign ministerʼs meeting in Bonn, the G20 process is gaining momentum. Germany is pursuing an ambitious agenda in a period of crisis. Chancellor Merkel is under pressure to succeed as a federal election looms. Insecurity and unrest are spreading across the world. This is not just since Donald Trumpʼs rise to the United States presidency, but also since long-accepted certainties have strongly been called into question. It is good that there are forums where sovereign states and their executive

leadership can informally share information - although in this case, "informal" means that no binding agreements will be made. The G20 is one such forum. Since December 1 of last year, Germany has held the presidency and will be leading this forum through a series of ministerial conferences until the summit meeting, which will take place in July in Hamburg. The meeting of G20 foreign ministers on Thursday and Friday in Bonn will give the process some noticeable momentum.

US defense chief Mattis in South Korea to reassure ally The new US defense chief James Mattis has arrived in South Korea as part of a trip that includes Japan. Both US allies have expressed concern over the Trump administrationʼs regional security commitments. US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in South Korea on Thursday to discuss security in East Asia amid questions over the new Trump administrationʼs commitment to Washingtonʼs regional allies.


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DIHK reports China overtaking US to become Germanyʼs top trading partner

Siemens banks on Mexico for business The German industrial conglomerate has announced a multi-million euro investment in Mexico, saying it is one of the ʼmost interesting marketsʼ despite recent anti-Mexican rhetoric by the new US president Donald Trump.

Germany has seen a steady uptake in goods flowing to China, coupled with a decline in exports to the US, according to the German chambers of commerce. There are concerns over US protectionist policies. China grew to become Germanyʼs top trading partner over the past year according to figures released on Friday by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). The data gathered by the DIHK shows that the United States dropped down from top trading partner in 2015 to just third-highest in 2016. France maintained its place as Germanyʼs second most important partner. While the US still remains Germanyʼs largest export market, DIHK reported thatGerman goods flowing into the US decreased by more than 5 percentin 2016 from the previous year. It signaled slightly weaker than expected economic growth in the US, coupled with a more domestically oriented market as reasons for the slowdown in trade. The US overtook France to become Germanyʼs top trading market in 2015. Before that, France had held on to the top spot for some 60 years. "With its economy on an upward trajectory, the US could rise back up to second place in the coming year, unless the new US Presidentʼs tariff policies dampen the countryʼs growth outlook," DIHKʼs foreign business chief Volker Treier said.

Trumpʼs effect on tourism Law courts are busily debating US President Donald Trumpʼs travel ban but so too is the tourism sector. Will it deter holidaymakers or will they continue traveling to the US despite the new leadership? President Donald Trumpʼs currently suspended travel ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries is deterring tourism to the US - at least according to the latest report by a travel industry service. The analysis of booking data byForward Keys showed that, in the days following the January 27th executive order, bookings of trips to the US slumped by 6.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. For western Europe it estimated a decline of 13.6 percent. The study evoked surprise among German tour operators such as Tui. Europeʼs largest travel company is also the market leader in Germany. The company is yet to detect a reduction here, either in bookings of complete package tours or in individual travel components. 4

After talks with Mexicoʼs Economics Minister Ildefonso Guarjardo on Tuesday, Siemens chief executive (CEO) Joe Kaeser said his company would invest $200 million (189 million euros) in the Central American country over the next ten years, creating about 1,000 jobs. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding for the delivery of oil sector equipment to be sold by Siemens to state-owned Mexican company Pemex. Last year, Mexico began to deregulate its oil industry allowing

Germanyʼs taste for home-grown ostrich Germany is Europeʼs biggest importer of ostrich - and even farms its own. But are the big birds a healthy, sustainable alternative to more traditional meat? With its wet, cold winters, Germany sounds like the last place an ostrich would be at home. But for a couple in southern Germany, raising these feathered African giants is a way of life. Uschi Braun und Christoph Kistner have run Mhou Farm in Rülzheim for 20 years. Itʼs not just a business, they say, but a way to connect with nature and offer healthy, sustainable meat. And they are not the only ones. There are around 150 commercial ostrich farms across Germany. Germans, it seems have a taste for the big bird and aside from the home-grown variety, import more of its meat from South Africa than any other country globally. But not everyone is happy to see ostrich on the menu. Animal welfare activists argue these magnificent birds belong to the wild, and breeding them in Germany is nothing short of unnecessary cruelty. Mhou Farm has become a popular local attraction for animal lovers and tourists.

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China in public shaming campaign against polluters China has made yet another attempt to bring law-breaking companies to account as this weekʼs outbreak of hazardous smog has shocked the worldʼs second-largest economy. Beijing kicked off a new name-and-shame campaign. China publicly named more than 20 companies, which it said broke environmental rules during the mostrecent outbreak of hazardous smogin the countryʼs north. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused steel and paper mills, cement plants, power generators and chemical producers of a range of offences, including ignoring output suspensions, evading government inspections and falsifying production data. Beijingʼs latest public shaming campaign is its most overt attempt to bring polluters to account by exposing their infringements to wider community scrutiny. Chinaʼs Hebei province is home to seven of the countryʼs 10 most polluted cities.

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foreign companies to invest. "[With the investment] we underscore our commitment to Mexico," CEO Kaeser said, adding that the country could "count on Siemens." Mexico has been under pressure from the Trump administration who blames the country for de-industrializing America by attracting US companies by offering low wages and poor working standards. Washington has vowed to curb massive imports from the country by slapping a border tax on products made in Mexico.

German discounter Lidl speeds up US plans

German grocery stores chain Lidl has said it will enter the US market earlier than previously envisaged. Itʼs now planning to open its first stores there this summer. Its German archrival Aldi is already there. No-frills German supermarket chain Lidl announced Wednesday it would open its first stores in the US as early as this summer. Expansion details were made public as Wal-Mart and traditional grocery chains in the US already saw a stronger threat from German low-priced retailer Aldi with its more than 1,600 US stores. Lidl said the first 20 stores would be opening in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where the company established its first US headquarters in 2015. The retailer added it was aiming to open as many as 100 stores on the East Coast within a year, creating some 4,000 jobs on the ground. "We have landed in America and we are searching for talented, friendly and dynamic people to grow with us," Lidl said on its career website. "Weʼre bringing a brand-new fresh shopping experience to our American shoppers," it promised.

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Are your Valentineʼs roses harming the planet? How green is my red rose?

If one flower has become synonymous with Valentineʼs Day, itʼs the rose. The fragrant blooms are everywhere, from 24-hour gas stations to fancy florists. It is a busy time of year for the farms that dot the landscape surrounding Lake Naivasha. The towns and villages around Kenyaʼs second-largest freshwater lake are the heart of the countryʼs cut flower industry. The first farm was established there in 1982, and since then, the industry has bloomed to 60 farms and 50,000 workers. Some liken the area in Africaʼs Great Rift

Valley to the gold rush towns of Wild West California, to which speculators flocked to seek out their fortunes. Except that now, the treasure is flowers. During most of the 20th century, the Netherlands was the worldʼs largest grower of cut flowers. Although it still holds the top spot, accounting for some 10 percent of the market, other countries are catching up.

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pean basis. That led to all systems responsibilities moving to France. And since then France has produced these telecommunications satellites for the global market, the European market and the German market. So Germany focused on contributing equipment. That was the deal more or less, that the French would take contributions from German companies like Tesat Spacecom and Jena Optronik. But there was a gap in systems responsibilities, and our late founder, Professor Manfred Fuchs, picked up on that more than ten years ago. He said systems responsibility was important for access to innovation and growing market.





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Landʼ wins Best Film BAFTA Following its Golden Globes success, the musical throwback to the 1950s dominated the BAFTA awards with five gongs, including Best Film. Casey Affleck and Emma Stone picked up the Best Actor and Best Actress awards. The romantic musical "La La Land" dominated the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) on Sunday evening, winning five prizes including Best Picture. Its co-star Emma Stone took home the Best Actress award and Damien Chazelle won Best Director. It also picked up gongs for Best Cinematography and Best Original Music. However, the movieʼs male lead, Ryan Gosling, couldnʼt take home the Best Actor award. That honor went to Casey Affleck for his role in the drama "Manchester by the Sea." The BAFTAs are often seen as an indicator for who will win big at the Hollywood Academy Awards, held two weeks later. "La La Land," a throwback to the heyday of Hollywood musicals, leads the Oscars race with a record-tying 14 nominations. It also scooped a record six Golden Globes in January. Other major winners on Sunday evening were Dev Patel, who won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Lion," which charts the real-life story of an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple.

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Our SmallGEO satellite is ready for launch and ʼweʼre getting more and more nervous!ʼ Europeʼs SmallGEO platform launches Friday. Itʼs the first telecommunications satellite ʼMade in Germanyʼ for 30 years. In the 1970s and 80s there was a strong push from German operators, like Deutsche Telekom, and the relevant ministries for research and technology, to develop the capabilities for launching, designing and producing telecommunications satellites. It was seen as a potential market for German industry. Then after the first satellites were launched - and the last was in the early 90s - the biggest industry group at the time (now known as Airbus) decided to share work on an international, Euro-


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In 2017, KávéBár Bazár is happening between February 18-19 at Tesla Budapest. The Hungarian Latte Art Championship, the Hungarian Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, the Hungarian Sommelier Championship, the Hungarian Cocktail and Flair Championship, as well as exhibitors, lectures, and workshops await visitors at this exciting event. Watch out for coming weekend!

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Ball of Hungarian Wines at Corinthia Hotel Budapest Royal Spa The Ball of Hungarian Wines annually welcomes an elite crowd to sample 100 of the country’s finest reds, whites, and sparkling whites amid the exclusive interior of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. Beginning at 6:30pm on February 25th, Magyar violin virtuoso Norbert Döme welcomes visitors with live melodies, while from 7pm guests can enjoy beautifully presented mouthwatering dinner meals, such as creamy camembert with Granny Smith apple and radicchio, confit goose leg with butternut squash textures and savoy cabbage, or beef tenderloin with foie gras and root vegetables, all amid  jazz and swing melodies. The Ball of Hungarian Wines annually welcomes an elite crowd to sample 100 of the country’s finest reds, whites, and sparkling whites amid the exclusive interior of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. Beginning at 6:30pm on February 25th, Magyar violin virtuoso Norbert Döme welcomes visitors with live melodies, while from 7pm guests can enjoy beautifully presented mouthwatering dinner meals, such as creamy camembert with Granny Smith apple and radicchio, confit goose leg with butternut squash textures and savoy cabbage, or beef tenderloin with foie gras and root vegetables, all amid  jazz and swing melodies.


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Lance Armstrong faces $100m lawsuit filed by US government

The disgraced cyclist has paid out more than $10 million in damages after admitting to doping in 2013. Now a federal judge has cleared the way for the US government to pursue a $100 million lawsuit against Armstrong. A federal judge on Monday ruled that the US government can sue disgraced former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong in what could amount to a $100 million lawsuit. The US Justice Department (DOJ) has accused Armstrong of defrauding the government by cheating while riding under the US Postal Service (USPS) banner.

Infantino open to the idea of multi-host World Cups

Gianni Infantino is open to the possibility of several countries hosting future World Cups. The FIFA president says the expansion of the tournament from 2026 makes co-hosting an attractive proposition. Speaking in Qatar following a FIFA executive summit meeting on Thursday, Infantino said that the chance to put in a joint bid for future tournaments opened up the possibility of hosting the tournament to more countries. "We need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term. "If you think about the World Cup and the requirements we are putting on countries there are really only a few countries in the world that can comply. 6

Athletics doping: IOC confident over Russia doping reform plans International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach believes Russia will resolve its doping issues and field athletes at next yearʼs Rio Games. Russia was provisionally suspendedfrom world athletics after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report alleged "state-sponsored doping". Bach met with his Russian Olympic Committee counterpart Alexander Zhukov to discuss the report. He said he was "confident" in the measures put forward by the ROC. Council members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned. As it stands, Russian athletes may not enter international competitions, including the World Athletic Series and Rio Olympics, which begin on 5 August next year. Russia will also not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Cup in Cheboksary and the 2016 World Junior Championships in Kazan. "We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organisations - Wada and the IAAF - will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games," said IOC president Bach.

Darmstadt score big on social media with Barack Obama The Lillies are the only European club followed by Barack Obama on Twitter

Bayern have Boris Becker, Tom Hanks has been spotted at Dortmund but itʼs Darmstadt who have the biggest celebrity fan of them all. A little bit of social media digging by a local radio station in the Hesse region, where the Bundesligaʼs bottom club are based, uncovered the wholly surprising news that the former leader of the free world counts Torsten Fringsʼ side among the 631,000 accounts he follows. And the club werenʼt slow to

react. Darmstadtʼs official Twitter account posted a video of their German-born US international striker Terrence Boyd,who scored in their shock win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, inviting the 44th president of the United States to a game in their 17,000-capacity stadium.

Rare Kroos goal helps Madrid to comeback win over Napoli A rare Toni Kroos goal helped Real Madrid take a big step towards their seventh straight Champions League quarterfinal. Karim Benzema and Casemiro were also on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win over Napoli. Defending champions Real Madrid recovered from an early setback to secure a big advantage over Napoli in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie on Wednesday. Madrid fell behind early on when Lorenzo Insigne caught Keylor Navas out of position and struck past the Real keeper from

40 yards, much to the delight of the hordes of traveling Italian fans. But their joy was short lived. Just five minutes later, Karim Benzema met Dani Carvajalʼs right-wing cross with a close-range header to level things up. That was the way it stayed until the break when Kroos stepped up to notch only his second goal in 30 games for the club this term. The German midfielder was beautifully picked out by Cristiano Ronaldo, whose cutback from the byline enabled Kroos to sidefoot home from the edge of the box.