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Tunisia Prime Minister: ʼWe bear no responsibility for Berlin attackʼ Tunisiaʼs Youssef Chahed has rebuffed any responsibility for the events that led to a Tunisian national perpetrating the Berlin Christmas attack. Chahed is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Ahead of Tuesdayʼs state visit to Berlin, Tunisiaʼs Prime Minister Youssef Chahed rebuffed any responsibility for the events leading up to Decemberʼs terror attack in Berlin, in whicha Tunisian national due to be deportedkilled 12 people and injured more than 50 others. Ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chahed told Tuesdayʼs edition of the German "Bild" newspaper: "Let me make one thing perfectly clear - the Tunisian authorities did not commit a single error." German authorities had been monitoring the assailant, Anis Amri, for over a year before the Berlin attack and had rejected his asylum request last June. However, German immigration authorities had failed to deport him after Tunisia had not issued a replacement passport that would have allowed him to return.

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, seven-year-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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Malaysia police arrest one woman, seek accomplices over death of Kim Jong-nam Authorities are searching for a second woman who escaped with suspect Doan Thi Huong

Police in Malaysia detained one woman thought to have assassinated the older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday that they had arrested a woman carrying a Vietnamese passport in connection with thedeath of North Korean leader Kim Jong-unʼs older half brother, Kim Jong-nam. Kim collapsed at the low budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday. He died on the way to the hospital, and reportedly told the emergency medical workers that someone had sprayed chemicals in his face. "He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed his face from behind and splashed some liquid on him," police official Fadzil Ahmat told local newspaper "The Star." "He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airportʼs clinic. At this point, he was experiencing a headache and was on the verge of passing out." A police statement named the suspect as 28-year-old Doan Thi Huong, who was "positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of the arrest." "The Star," citing a police source, said that authorities were searching for a second female accomplice and "several other suspects" in connection with the killing.South Korean intel-

ligence officials were quick to blame Kim Jong-un for the assassination, citing a longtime feud between the half-brothers. According to Seoul, the leader experienced "paranoia" about his sibling and was suspicious that Beijing tacitly supported him by allowing him to live in its autonomous territory of Macau. Indeed, at one time it was Kim Jong-nam who was the heir apparent in Pyongyang as the eldest son of late President Kim Jong-il. However, he lost favor during a much-publicized botched attempt to enter Japan with a fake passport in 2001. The passport gave the alias Pang Xiong, which can mean "Fat Bear" in Mandarin. After being deported to China, he told officials he had been trying to visit Tokyo Disneyland with his son. Kim Jong-nam had been living in exile in Macau for at least five years before his death, and was trying to return there when he was killed. In exile, Kim Jong-nam voiced some very muted criticism of his brotherʼs regime. He told a Japanese journalist " without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse."

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

Ursula von der Leyen calls for more defense spending ahead of NATO summit Her comments came ahead of a major summit of NATO defense ministers in Brussels

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said Germanyʼs army needs a bigger budget if it is to keep up with NATO requirements. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for more military spending across Europe, ahead of a meeting with her NATO counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday. Her proposal is an extremely unpopular one in Germany, even as the army suffers from the consequences of outdated equipment and lack of resources. "We Europeans have to do more to be able to establish security

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

for Europe, and that means investments," von der Leyen told state broadcaster ZDF. The minister also voiced concerns shared by many NATO member states that the skepticism with which US President Donald Trump has treated the alliance could be dangerous for all involved. However, she hoped that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis would temper Trumpʼs attitude. 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 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.

Germany: seventh record year in a row Tourism is booming in Germany. Overnight stays by foreigners rose to 80.8 million. The number of overnight stays in Germany was three percent higher in 2016 than the year before. According to new figures from the Federal Statistical Office, the number of overnight stays in Germany was three percent higher in 2016 than the year before, rising to a record 447.3 million. The attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach last summer and the attack in Berlin in December that killed twelve people and injured many more had raised concerns that visitors might stay away. Overnight stays by foreigners rose one percent to 80.8 million. Germans accounted for the other 366.5 million. That figure was up three percent. The numbers refer to stays in hotels and other commercial establishments with 10 or more beds and in tourist campsites.


Toshiba shares dive as chairman quits Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has delayed an anxiously awaited nine-month earnings report as it sorts out cost overruns at its US nuclear arm. The companyʼs chairman, Shigenori Shiga, announced his resignation. Toshiba said Tuesday its Chairman Shegenori Shiga was stepping down from his post as the company warned it was set to book multibillion-dollar losses in its US nuclear business. Shares in Toshiba plummeted 8 percent earlier in the day after the Japanese firm postponed the release of financial results. The company surprised markets by saying its nine-month earnings report "had not

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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yet become available." The drop in share value was also sparked by a report in the "Nikkei" business daily which said Toshiba was going to issue awarning to shareholdersthat its future was in jeopardy. On Tuesday, the company forecast a net loss of 390 billion yen ($3.4 billion, 3.2 billion euros) for the current fiscal year to March, with losses in its atomic division topping 700 billion yen.

Huawei strong, but Apple hard to beat

A new study has revealed that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has managed to gain ground on Samsung and Apple in terms of market share. But the US giant in particular is still in a different league. Chinese smartphone producer Huawei made big strides last year to narrow the gap between itself and its main rivals Samsung and Apple, the Gartner consultancy group reported Wednesday. In 2016, Huawei saw its sales leap by 26.7 percent, while the South Korean and US competitors both saw their sales decline by 4.3 percent, the study pointed out. As a result, Huawei was able to increase its share of the smartphone market to 8.9 percent in 2016 from 7.3 percent a year earlier, while Samsungʼs market share shrank two percentage points to 20.5 percent and Appleʼs dipped to 14.4 percent from 15.9 percent in 2015. "Chinese smartphone makers succeeded in winning market share and Huawei now seems to be the main rival to the two giants [Samsung and Apple], even if the gap remains large," Gartner analyst Annette Zimmermann told the AFP news agency.

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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.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren on his life as a refugee in Germany

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.

Arjen Robben relishing Bayernʼs ʼweek of truthʼ ahead of Arsenal clash Liverpoolʼs Dejan Lovren has talked of his upbringing as a refugee in Germany in an emotional documentary. The Croatian and his family fled the war in Bosnia and ended up in Munich before again being forced to move on. The 27-year-old grew up in Kraljeva Sutjeska, a village just outside Zenica, and, in a frank 20 minute interview with in-house club TV station LFC TV, explains how a happy childhood was transformed in an instant. 6

Bayern Munich face a make or break week wih Arsenal coming to town in the Champions League. Arjen Robben is eagerly anticipating a game that could define their season. Arjen Robben is relishing Bayern Munichʼs forthcoming "week of truth" when they host Arsenal in the Champions League with the German champions currently struggling for form. "Our performances havenʼt been good enough and we have to do a few things better," said Robben. "We have

to talk about this in training and make sure we play as a team. Arsenal will be ʼthe week of truthʼ and will be exciting." Bayern limped into the quarterfinals of the German Cup on Tuesday with a1-0 win at home to Wolfsburg, thanks to Douglas Costaʼs first-half goal and heroics from Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. They host Arsenal on Wednesday on the back of a record 15-game winning streak in European matches at the Allianz Arena.