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Heinz Flohe: Football stalwart for West Germany

Malign fate seemed to single out Heinz Flohe. A member of the West Germany squad that won the World Cup in 1974, and a key figure when they reached the European Championship final two years later, his playing career was ended at the age of 31 by a brutal foul and he spent three years in a coma before his death, aged 65.

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Martin Jol insists he's happy as Fulham secure permanent signing of Sascha Riether

The Dutchman is targeting new signings at Craven Cottage

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen challenges Arsenal to continue top-four momentum against Everton

The Gunners needed late goals to beat Norwich at the weekend

Sascha Riether

Sascha Riether keen to remain at Fulham beyond loan spell

Right-back scored against Sunderland at the weekend

Sascha Riether

Sascha Riether undecided over Fulham future

Right-back is on loan until the end of the season

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Worthy of praise? The Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik in court in Oslo

Breivik writes fan letter to German ‘Nazi killer’

Norway’s mass murderer urges terror suspect to use her trial to propagate their far-right ideology

Lukas Podolski wheels away after scoring against Southampton

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Lukas Podolski is improving as a player thanks to his summer switch to Arsenal claims Germany coach Joachim Low.

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Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal with Santi Cazorla.

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Olivier Giroud feels Arsenal can play a “very interesting role” in the Barclays Premier League title race.

German postal service issue circumcision stamp amid heated debate

The German postal service is set to issue a stamp reminding Germans that 2,000 years ago Jesus underwent circumcision as an eight-day-old baby, a ritual religious practice that a German court has controversially banned in part of the country.

Cellist Laura Moody prepares for take-off in 'Mittwoch'

Mittwoch aus Licht, Argyle Works, Birmingham

You wait for years for a helicopter and then... four come along at once, in Birmingham as in Edinburgh. What a whirl!

Fulham sign right-back Sascha Riether on loan from Cologne

Fulham have completed the signing of right-back Sascha Riether on a season-long loan.

Germany’s Jews and Muslims 'outraged' as circumcision is ruled to cause bodily harm and infringe child's rights

Germany’s Jewish and Muslim communities responded with outrage today to a highly controversial court ruling which stipulated that the circumcision of young boys on religious grounds caused bodily harm and infringed a child’s right to physical integrity.

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Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

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US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
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