The village of Klosterzimmern near Deiningen in Bavaria serves as a base for the secretive sect

In Germany's Twelve Tribes sect, cameras catch ‘cold and systematic’ child-beating

A documentary revealed the torture inflicted by a religious community on its young

A welcome sign at Twelve Tribes’ property in Klosterzimmern

Police take 40 children out of sect in Germany after abuse fears

Fundamentalist Twelve Tribes Christian group believes in discipline that brings ‘pain, not damage’

Bayern Munich 2 Chelsea 2 (aet; Bayern win 5-4 on penalties) match report: Bayern's Super Cup revenge from the spot cruel on 10-man Chelsea

Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich twice came from behind to beat Jose Mourinho's 10-man Chelsea and win the European Super Cup in a penalty shootout at the Stadion Eden in Prague.

Pep Guardiola will soon have his very own changing room separate from the rest of the playing squad

Uefa Super Cup: Bayern Munich v Chelsea match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Uefa Super Cup fixture at the Eden Arena in Prague

Jose Mourinho

Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho targets first trophy since return to Stamford Bridge

The sides meet in the Super Cup tonight

Pep Guardiola seeks to win his first trophy with Bayern

Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Revenge on the cards for Pep Guardiola against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho in the Uefa Super Cup

Bayern Munich have insisted that the Super Cup against Chelsea in Prague is not about revenge, but Pep Guardiola might feel differently.

Guardiola saw his team held to a draw this week

Bayern Munich v Chelsea preview: European Super Cup provides latest chapter in rivalry - not least between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

The Blues may be playing their German opponents at just the right time

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Bayern Munich signing Thiago Alcantara out for two months following surgery

The former Barcelona midfielder hurt himself at the weekend

Book review: Expo 58, By Jonathan Coe

Swinging, snooping Brussels is the odd backdrop to this artful comedy of postwar manners

Robert Lewandowski has received a reported £3m pay rise for his final year at Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski receives a £3m wage hike ahead of final year with the club before anticipated free transfer to Bayern Munich

The Polish international had spoken of his unhappiness that the club had gone back on their promise of rewarding him for his form last season but now claims everything has been resolved

Angela Merkel at the concentration camp memorial in Dachau
A man has taken several people hostage at a ity hall in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt on Monday ahead of a visit to the city by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Hostage drama unfolds in Ingolstadt forcing Angela Merkel to cancel election rally visit

The city hall and surrounding streets have been evacuated and cordoned off by police while they try to negotiate

Arsenal have missed out on Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo

Transfer news: Yet more woe for Arsenal as midfield target Luiz Gustavo completes move to Wolfsburg

Brazilian has chose to remain in Germany after signing a five-year deal with the Bundesliga club which raises some serious questions over why players are turning down the Gunners

The eight year old boy was severely injured by an 'Alligator Snapping Turtle'

€1,000 reward as Bavarian lake drained in hunt for Lotti the vicious turtle

Floodlights, infra-red sights, rescue teams and TV crews all turn out after boy swimmer's ankle bitten 'by alligator snapping turtle'

An alligator snapping turtle 'eats almost anything it can catch'

Hunt for lake turtle that severed swimming boy's Achilles tendon in Bavaria's Irsee lake

Alligator snapping turtle is believed to be exotic pet released into wild in Bavaria

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