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Togolese asylum-seeker who fought deportation lands in Italy The man has arrived in Milan one day after authorities denied his appeal to stay in Germany. The case sparked major national attention when other migrants prevented authoritiesʼ first attempt to deport him. A 23-year-old refugee from Togo, who made headlines with the attempts to block his deportation order has landed in Italy, authorities confirmed on Tuesday. The news came just one day after Germanyʼs highest courtrejected his final plea not to be removedfrom the country. "The rule of law cannot be stopped," said Thomas Strobl, interior minister of the state of BadenWürttemberg, where the young man lived in a new arrivals home in the village of Ellwangen.

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George Soros — selfless philanthropist or liberal demagogue? George Sorosʼ Open Society Foundations to move from Hungary to Germany

Chinese pilot sucked halfway out of airplane

For some, Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros is the soul of generosity. For others, heʼs the devil in disguise. In any case, the octogenarian emigre to the US is one of the worldʼs most controversial figures.

"I saw that the co-pilot was already halfway out of the window," said the pilot who landed the airplane after a cockpit window shattered in mid-flight. The co-pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist. A Chinese pilot was hailed a hero on social media on Tuesday for successfully landing a commercial aircraft after his co-pilot was sucked "halfway" out of the cockpit in midflight. The incident occurred while the Sichuan Airlines Airbus A-319 was flying at 800-900 kilometers per hour (500-560 miles) at cruising altitude on its way from the central province of Chongqing to the city of Lhasa in Tibet. "The windshield burst suddenly and a loud noise was heard, and when I looked to the side, I saw that the co-pilot was already halfway out of the window," Liu Chuanjian told Chinese newspaper Chengdu Business Daily. "Luckily his seatbelt was tied."

George Soros was born in Budapest in 1930 as Gyorgy Schwartz to a secular upper-middle class family who changed their name to the less Jewish-sounding Soros in response to rising Hungarian anti-Semitism. When Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in 1944, the family procured fake documents indicating that they were Christians, saving themselves from possible murder in the Holocaust. Sorosʼ father is also credited with saving the lives of a number of other Hungarian Jews. Soros enrolled in the London School of Economics in 1947, studying under renowned Austrian-British philosopher Karl Popper, who was a tenacious advocate of liberal democracy and a critic of authoritarianism and totalitarianism. Popper also promoted the principle of reflexivity, which holds that the act of observing alters the object of observation and which Soros applied to economics. Soros reversed the traditional logic that prices reflect economic

fundamentals, arguing instead that prices themselves drove economic development. In his book Soros on Soros from 2005, he wrote: "The prevailing wisdom is that markets are always right. I take the opposition position. I assume that markets are always wrong. Even if my assumption is occasionally wrong, I use it as a working hypothesis. " Soros became an investor during the 1960s, making millions with hedge funds. During the 1990s, he earned billions short selling British pounds, for which he was nicknamed "the man who broke the Bank of England." As his wealth grew so did his activities as a philanthropist — and the controversy they generated. In 2017 his net worth was estimated at around $25 billion (€21 billion), putting him among the 30 richest people in the world. But he gave away some 80 percent of that money ($18 billion) to charity, chiefly his own Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Former Taiwan president gets jail time for information leak Taiwanʼs High Court has overturned a previous not-guilty verdict and charged former Taiwanese President Ma Yingjeou. Ma plans to appeal his sentence but can also avoid prison by paying a fine of €3,370. Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was sentenced to four months in prison on Tuesday for leaking classified information. Taiwanʼs High Court found that "Ma Yingjeou violated the Communication and Surveillance Act," when he leaked information relating to national security and opposition lawmaker Ker Chienming, which should have been confidential. Ma told local media he planned to appeal the High Court sentence, but he could also skip prison if he pays a fine of T$120,000 ($4,020, €3,370), the court said. A former stalwart of major opposition party Kuomintang of China, Ma was Taiwanʼs president from 2008 to 2016 and encouraged closer ties with China. He also served as the justice minister and mayor of Taipei.

Russia-Crimea bridge to be opened by Vladimir Putin The controversial Crimean Bridge has been finished six months early and will link Russiaʼs southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch. The massive bridge will help reduce Crimeaʼs reliance on sea transport. Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to open a 19-kilometer bridge connecting southern Russia to the Crimean peninsula on Tuesday. The controversial Crimean Bridge links the southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch and spans across a stretch of water between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea.

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Sweden and North Korea end talks ahead of possible Trump-Kim summit The Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers have wrapped up three days of talks on the security situation on the Korean peninsula. Have they cleared the way for a historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un? Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom and her North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho discussed the "opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict," Swedenʼs Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The ministry did not comment on whether thethree days of talksin Stockholm hadlaid any groundwork for a possible meetingbetween US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "The main focus for the talks was the security situation on the Korean Peninsula," Wallstrom told reporters, adding that UN sanctions, nuclear weapons, and humanitarian concerns in North Korea were also on the agenda. Ri did not address the media during his visit.

Publisher slammed as Hitler appears in ʼgreat leadersʼ book The book "would bring tears of joy to neo-Nazis," a Jewish human rights organization has said. Adolf Hitler carries a certain fascination in some parts of the world that is largely untouched by his atrocities. Indian publisher Pegasus landed itself in hot water this week when it emerged that itʼs "Great Leaders" book for children included Adolf Hitler. Pictured alongside freedom fighters Mathama Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, the book chose Hitler as one of the "powerful world leaders who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of their countries and the people living in them." Also included in the book are current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, controversial Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former US President Barack Obama. "Dedicated to the betterment of countries and people? Adolf Hitler? This description would bring tears of joy to the Nazis and their racist neo-Nazi heirs," said Abraham Cooper of the Jewish human rights organization the Wiesenthal Center. "Placing Hitler alongside truly great political and humanitarian leaders is an abomination that is made worse as it targets young people with little or no knowledge of world history and ethics," Cooper said. 2

New Catalan separatist leader sticks steadfastly to independence from Spain Quim Torra:

Canada to deploy troops, helicopters to Mali Canada will send troops and helicopters to Mali to join a UN peacekeeping mission there, Canadian media have reported. The helicopters are expected to replace a German contingent. Canada will soon take part in its first peacekeeping mission to Africa since Rwanda in 1994, sending peacekeepers, backed by helicopters, to join UN Blue Helmets in Mali before autumn, Canadian media reported late on Friday. The commitment comes amid pressure on Canada from Germany and the Netherlands to send peacekeepers, with the Canadian helicopters expected to replace a German contingent, CBC News said, citing a senior government official. The deployment would be for a planned 12 months, according to the report.

After six months of standstill, Cataloniaʼs regional government has chosen a new president. Quim Torra takes over from Carles Puigdemont, with his predecessor’s blessing and rapprochement with Madrid a long way off. The figurehead of the Catalan independence movement, Carles Puigdemont, made no secret about how he views the role of his successor. In a video message from Germany, he namedQuim Torra as Cataloniaʼs new regional president, but spoke of a "provisional period." The subtext:Puigdemont continues to see himself as Cataloniaʼs "legitimate

Donald Trump signs Taiwan Travel Act, drawing Chinaʼs ire US President Donald Trump has signed a law promoting official exchanges between the US and Taiwan. The move could further strain US-China ties. US President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation promoting contacts between Washington officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, angering China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory. The Taiwan Travel Act will allow unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the United States and Taiwan, thus restoring direct official US contacts with the self-ruled is-

president."Thatʼs perhaps why the conservative Spanish newspaper "El Mundo" described Torra as "Puigdemontʼs ventriloquist." And Torra himself was also clear about the division of labor while presenting his government program: "Our president is Carles Puigdemont," said the 55-year-old lawyer in Barcelonaʼs parliament on Monday. land, which were cut in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The White House said the bill, which was passed unanimously by Congress, would go into effect on Saturday morning even without the presidentʼs signature. The United States still does not have formal ties with Taiwan, but is required by lawto help it with selfdefense.

Syria: Al-Qaida and IS increasingly lose territory to Assad With the exception of Idlib, Syriaʼs government has recovered control of most major cities from rebels and ter-

ror organizations. Are the "Islamic State" and al-Qaida being beaten out of Syria? With Syriaʼs civil war now in its eighth year, the "Islamic State" (IS) and al-Qaida — two of the most prominent terror organizations active in the fighting — are on the decline. DW takes a closer look at their roles in the conflict. IS drew international attention when it swept across Iraq and Syria in 2014, making Raqqa, Syria, its capital and taking control of Iraqʼs second-largest city, Mosul. In Syria, IS now only really controls some area near Iraqʼs border, as well as some parts of the countryside. The organization does not currently have a central headquarters. In October, the US military estimated that the group still had about 6,500 members. AlQaida operates most prominently as Hayʼat Tahrir al-Sham, a Salafist group that is concentrated near and in the major Syrian city of Idlib.


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Germany reaffirms Iran nuclear deal but business worries abound A day after the US pulled out, Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed that Germany and other EU nations support the agreement. But can the European Union offer Iran enough guarantees to convince leaders to stay the course? Less than 24 hours afterUS President Donald Trump announced the United States would reinstate sanctions on Iran, effectively withdrawing his country from the nuclear containment deal, Berlin was keen to project an atmosphere of calm. Chancellor Angela Merkel held her weekly Cabinet meeting as scheduled and only briefly interrupted a meeting with regional conservative leaders to restate Germanyʼs commitment to the nuclear agreement. "I think yesterday showed us that we in Europe will have to take

Angela Merkel hints at increased military spending Germanyʼs chancellor has hinted that defense spending is likely to increase in years ahead, saying reaching NATOʼs target was "not completely beyond the imagination." It comes amid budget talks and pressure from allies. Merkel said on Monday that it was important to stand by Berlinʼs commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and noted that Germany had in the past spent much more than the current 1.24 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) without any difficulty. Reaching NATOʼs target of 2 percent of GDP was "not completely beyond the imagination," Merkel said. She was addressing top military officers in Berlin, alongside her defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, on the eve of the budget debate in Germanyʼs parliament. Von der Leyen told the officers military spending would increase to about 1.3 percent of GDP by 2019, with a goal of 1.5 percent by 2025. US President Donald Trump in March singled out Germany for failing to meet a defense spending target of 2 percent of GDP agreed upon between NATO members.

more responsibility, " Merkel said. "Germany, France and the UK have decided that we will abide by the agreement, and we will do everything we can to see that Iran also abides by its responsibilities in the future." Merkel acknowledged that Iran is, in some respects, a destabilizing force in the Middle East. But she called the 2015 agreement, in which Iran agreed to discontinue any nuclear weapons development in return for the easing of sanctions, "an important pillar we donʼt want to do without."

German court confirms sentences for ex-Deutsche Bank fraudsters

The 2016 verdicts handed down to exDeutsche Bank employees for their part in a sales tax fraud scheme have been largely confirmed by federal judges, meaning that one former manager faces a three-year jail term. A former Deutsche Bank employee on Tuesday failed to see his three-year jail sentence revised by Germanyʼs Federal Court of Justice. In 2016,he and five other former Deutsche Bank workers were accused by prosecutors in Frankfurt of

taking part in a scheme involving the trading of carbon emission permits. The latter were designed to curb global warming, but were used to fraudulently collect tens of millions of euros of sales taxes. The case stemmed from an investigation into so-called carousel trades in the European Unionʼs carbon market in 2009 and 2010 in which some buyers imported emissions permits into an EU country without paying value-added tax.

European markets plunge at opening bell as stock market dip deepens Global markets continue to wobble precariously. European markets took a big hit as Tuesdayʼs trading began, following major losses across Asia and particularly in Japan. Wall Street fared no better on Monday. European markets opened on Tuesday awash with red, with the main benchmark indices all down around 3 percent followingWall Streetʼs Monday rout. Minutes after the bell to signal the start of trading, Germanyʼs DAX index dropped 3 percent to 12,308 points. It was a similar story in France and the UK, whose indices opened 3 and 2.5 percent lower respectively.

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Chinese migration brings social change to Italyʼs Alps Home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe, two mountain villages have become the unlikely setting of an integration experiment. Giulia Saudelli and Matteo Civillini report from northern Italy. At midday, the fog is so thick one can barely see the mountainside. From the vast space that opens out below, all one can hear are the Chinese workers busily hitting large slabs of stone with their chisels. The quarryʼs owner paces around them, making sure the precious material is handled with care. A few meters away a truck is ready to load the rough-cut stones, which, after a journey down a steep mountain road, will be delivered to the workshops in the tiny villages of Bagnolo Piemonte and Barge. This is the daily routine in the Infernotto Valley, in northern Italy, home to the largest Chinese community in terms of concentration in Europe. Since the early 1990s more than 1,300 of them have settled in this remote area, making up around 10 percent of the total population. The Chinese presence is so strong that Hu has now become the most common surname in Barge. Their arrival initiated what can be described as a 20-yearlong migration experiment, unintentionally providing a testing ground for integration policies in Italy and beyond. What brought them to this unlikely place is the Luserna stone.

WTO rules against Airbus in subsidies row with Boeing The global trade body has found the EU is still ignoring requests to stop its illegal subsidies for Airbus, handing a victory to its US rival Boeing and paving the way for potentially billions in punitive tariffs. In its ruling on Tuesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said the European Union had failed to remove support in the form of preferential government loans for AirbusʼsA380 superjumboand A350 twin-aisle jet programs, causing losses for Boeing and US aerospace workers. At the same time, however, the appellate division of WTOʼs Dispute Settlement Body dismissed a US claim that loans for Airbusʼs most popular models, the A320 and A330, were costing Boeing significant sales. The ruling was not subject to appeal, WTO said, potentially clearing the way for the US to seek billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against European exports. But its decision on the A320 and A330 models is seen narrowing the scope of punitive tariffs in one of the worldʼs longest and costliest trade disputes. 4

Times change but German obsession with cash endures "Do you accept cards?" If you’re asking in Germany, there’s a good chance that the answer is no. The country has a curiously low cashless rate. Can the European economic powerhouse’s aversion to plastic payment continue? If there is a place where cash truly ought to be king, itʼs in one of the ubiquitous late night corner shops (known in German as a Späti) seen on practically every street of the German capital Berlin. Yet in recent times, Türkan Dogar brought a card machine into his small shop in the south-east of the city. He has to pay a monthly fee for it, but itʼs negligible enough that he doesnʼt recall exactly how much. "Customers were asking regularly if we accepted cards, so in the end I got it because itʼs good for business," he says. If people spend less than €10

United Kingdom waits to see how the post-Brexit winds will blow The UK is the current world leader in offshore wind capacity. But with the country heading for the EU exit door, can the renewable energy boom last? Lying unpainted on its side, the greenish curve of a 75meter (246 feet) long wind turbine blade bears a passing resemblance to a whale. Itʼs twice the length of a blue whale but at 25 tons, is much lighter than the earthʼs largest creature. For employees at the state-ofthe-art Siemens Gamesa factory in the port city of Hull in northern England, another comparison is more apt. "Four bull elephants, thatʼs how we equate it," said Alison Maxwell, the head of communications at the facility. Siemensʼ £160 million ($223 million/182 million euros) plant has manufactured these great fiberglass beasts for wind farms in Britain since it opened at the end of 2016 in the economically deprived city. And itʼs a good time to be in business.

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Nissan, Dongfeng to invest heavily in e-cars in China Together with its joint venture on the ground, Japanese automaker Nissan is to make a multi-billion-dollar investment in the production of e-cars in China. Beijingʼs e-car quota system goes into effect next year. Japanese carmaker Nissan and its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Company announced Monday they would invest $9.5 billion (€7.6 billion) in China to increase annual sales by 1 million vehicles andboost the production of electric cars. The move came as China was rolling out new regulations to limit gas vehicles in a bid to reduce air pollution across the Asian nation. Authorities in Beijing will implement a complex quota system as of 2019, requiring carmakers to produce a minimum number of electric vehicles. They are also looking at plans to completely ban fossil fuel cars at a date that has yet to be decided.

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($11.89) in his shop, they can still pay with card but then they have to pay a 50-cent surcharge. Yet a stroll around the neighborhood quickly points to Germanyʼs somewhat complicated relationship with plastic payment. Around the corner, at Erolʼs bicycle repair shop, card bearers are given short shrift. "Cash-only here," says Erol as he stands beside an upturned bicycle in his navy overalls. "I like cash. Itʼs warmer. If people donʼt have it, they can go to the cash machine and come back. I donʼt care!" he says with a laugh. "It works for me."

Seattle council to tax Amazon and other big companies to fight homelessness

Companies such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a levy for each full-time worker they have in Seattle. The city authority approved a compromise tax plan to fund services for those struggling to afford housing. In a compromise reached in the Seattle City Council on Monday, approval was given for a yearly "head tax" charge of $275 (€230) for each full-time worker at the cityʼs major companies. The council approved the tax, which is expected to raise about $48 million annually to pay for affordable housing and services for homeless people. Last year the city spent $68 million on homeless services. Nearly 600 employers with gross revenues of more than $20 million —including Starbucksand Amazon — will be expected to pay the charge in Seattle from next year onwards.


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Ancestral emigration from Africa to Europe linked to severe headaches Migraines:

The emigration of early humans from Africa to colder parts of Europe saw them develop a gene that made them more susceptible to migraines, researchers in the German city of Leipzig have discovered. Around a billion people worldwide are estimated to suffer frommigraine attacks. In Germany, some 1 million people are affected every day, while in the US roughly 13 percent of adults say they regularly suffer from severe headaches. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), migraine attacks are the sixth-most debilitating disease in the world. As well as severe throbbing pain that can last for days on end, sufferers will often also ex-

periences visual disturbances, nausea, dizziness and light sensitivity. However, look to Africa and Asia, and the number of sufferers is notably lower, according to the WHO. Migraines have long been viewed as a hereditary disease, passed on by parents to their children. However, genetic researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in the German city of Leipzig suggest the link may reach far further back.

German university hospital defends auto firmsʼ nitrogen dioxide test ethics No experiments on animals or humans can take place in Germany without a go from an authorized ethics committee. Dr. Thomas Kraus from Aachen University Hospital says this was the case in the most recent NO2 scandal. The European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT) "did not impinge in any way on the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) research it commissioned Aachen University Hospital to do," Professor Thomas Kraus from the hospital told the German press agency DPA on Monday. The EUGT is a now defunct organization that was funded by German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW plus partsmaker Bosch, thus raising questions of possible conflicts of interest. In 2013, 25 healthy volunteers were exposed to NO2 pollution for three hours, Kraus said. "None of them had any negative health effects," he went on, adding that the tests were meant to measure the impact of pollutants in the workplace.

Budapest to increase taxi fares from July

Russian accused of running spam network extradited to US Suspected Russian hacker Pyotr Levashov pleaded not guilty before a US judge after being extradited from Spain. Prosecutors claim he ran a massive computer network that sent out spam and installed malicious software. Spanish authorities have extradited to the US a Russian man suspected of carrying out cybercrimes using bulk spam emails and malicious software, US officials announced Friday. Pyotr Levashov, a 37-year-old from St. Petersburg, pleaded not guilty to the charges of wire and email fraud, hacking, identity theft and conspiracy after appearing before a federal judge in the US state of Connecticut. He re-

mains in detention. Levashov was arrested in Aprilwhile vacationing with his family in Barcelona. In October, Spainʼs National Court granted the US extradition request, rejecting a counter-extradition request from Russia. US prosecutors say Levashov ran the sprawling Kelihos botnet — a network involving up to 100,000 infected computers that sent spam emails, harvested usersʼ logins and installed malicious software that intercepted bank account passwords. According to the indictment, the network generated and distributed more than 2,500 spam emails a day and allegedly victimized thousands of people in the US.

Budapest’s city authorities have just announced the rise of taxi prices in the city, effective from July 1st. This increase will affect the base fare and the tariff calculated by time and distance. According to József Sipeki, spokesman for the Budapest Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BKIK), the average fare increase per journey will be around 10%. Rising insurance costs and stricter legal requirements have been given as the main reasons for the price hike. These changes will influence all licensed taxi companies operating in the city.

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Gergő Szinyova: Comfortable/Comfortless The new exhibition at Kisterem, Comfortable/Comfortless, presents Gergő Szinyova’s latest series. The paintings’ extremely thin, print-like painted surfaces are similar to silk screen printing, and echo aesthetic characteristics of risograph printing. The artist developed a technique that makes it possible for him to paint print-like surfaces that are unique, unrepeatable and not multipliable, however, the repetition of digitally pre-drawn motifs in the pictures is a reference to the possibilities of reproduction. Gergő Szinyova (born 1986), one of the most prominent talents of his generation, participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the past years in Budapest, Graz, New York and Los Angeles. The artist developed a technique that makes it possible for him to paint print-like surfaces that are unique, unrepeatable and not multipliable, however, the repetition of digitally pre-drawn motifs in the pictures is a reference to the possibilities of reproduction. Gergő Szinyova (born 1986), one of the most prominent talents of his generation, participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the past years in Budapest, Graz, New York and Los Angeles. however, the repetition of digitally pre-drawn motifs in the pictures is a reference to the possibilities of reproduction. Gergő Szinyova, one of the most prominent talents of his generation, participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the past years in Budapest, Graz, New York and LA.

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Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan criticized for Erdogan meeting

Germany players Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan have been criticized for meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both are of Turkish heritage, but chose to represent Germany in international football. The Premier League stars, who were joined by a third player, Everton striker Cenk Tosun, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Londonʼs Four Seasons hotel on Sunday. President Erdogan, who is up for re-election on June 24, is in the British capital for a three-day state visit, where he is to be received by Queen Elizabeth II and meet with Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

Löw unveils preliminary World Cup squad, signs new deal

Autopsy confirms Michael Goolaerts died of heart attack An autopsy carried out on the body of Michael Goolaerts has confirmed that the Belgian rider died of cardiac arrest. He suffered the heart attack and fell off his bike during a race on the weekend. Remy Schwartz, the state prosecutor for the northern French commune of Cambrai said the autopsy following Michael Goolaertsʼ death on Sunday, confirmed that the Belgian had died of cardiac arrest, as had been widely speculated. "The autopsy confirms the previous hypothesis that death was due to a heart attack and not a crash," Schwartz told the AFP news agency on Wednesday. "He suffered an attack while racing. His heart stopped, and thatʼs why he crashed." The 23-yearoldGoolaerts crashed in the early stages of the Paris-Roubaix oneday classicand shortly afterwards he was found unconscious and not breathing along the side of the road. He was rushed to a hospital in Lille, but the Verandaʼs Willems team rider was pronounced dead late on Sunday. Toxicology and other tests are now to be conducted on his body in an effort to determine an exact cause of the heart attack. The results of these may not be known for several weeks.

Mario Götzeʼs omission no real surprise as Joachim Löw shows his hand Itʼs no secret that Germany have an embarrassment of riches

Despite the temptation to go with the man who scored the World Cup winner in 2014, Joachim Löw was left with little choice but to leave Mario Götze out. As the names rolled across the screen at the announcement ofGermanyʼs 27-man provisional squadin Dortmund on Tuesday, the surprises were largely those of absence rather than selection. Doubts over the fitness of Manuel Neuer and the recentpersonal choices of Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogannever seriously threatened their places, meaning the selection of uncapped Freiburg

striker Nils Petersen was the only real shock among a host of familiar faces. Petersen may still miss out on Russia, with four players to be cut by June 4, but the man indelibly associated with Germanyʼs 2014 World Cup win will definitely have the summer off. As indeed will Andre Schürrle, his current Borussia Dortmund teammate and the man who provided the assist in Rio.

Bayern Munich confirm appointment of Miroslav Klose as U17 coach Germany head coach Joachim Löw has named his preliminary squad for the World Cup, which kicks off in Russia next month. The DFB has extended the head coachʼs contract through to the World Cup in 2022. Head coach Joachim Löw named a squad of 27 players, who will accompany him to the national teamʼs training camp in Austria next week. This means he will have to cut four players from the roster before departing for the tournament. 6

Former Germany striker Miroslav Klose has returned to Bayern Munich as coach of the clubʼs under-17 team. Klose played for Bayern between 2007 and 2011, winning two Bundesliga titles and two German Cups. Fridayʼs announcement of the appointment ofMiroslav Kloseas Bayern Munichʼs under-17 coach came as little surprise, as the club hadconfirmed last month that it was negotiating with the 39-year-old former strikerwith a view to him taking the job. The statement issued via Bayernʼs website said

that Klose has signed a two year contract, which will take him through to the summer of 2020. "Iʼm very much looking forward to the task at FC Bayern, and Iʼll do everything to justify the faith shown in me by the way I coach the young players," Klose said. "Itʼs our philosophy to secure the services of successful and valued former players. So Iʼm very glad that Miro Klose will pass on his enormous wealth of experience to our young talents, and that he will help us as a coach," said Bayernʼs sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic.

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