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Not all Germans show unwavering respect for authority. “Court Case Dieter” as he is nicknamed, has spent nearly half his life actively loathing it. The 77-year-old  retired sports teacher has been in court  a record 230 times for insulting establishment figures.

Racing: Beasley's double aim

Northern sprinter is being pitched in against the flying Lochsong in the King George Stakes on Tuesday, before tackling the Stewards' Cup on Saturday.

Contemporary Art Market: African artists make sophisticated impact

TUCKED behind the seedy, modern shops of Bethnal Green Road, the Savannah Gallery of Modern African Art is making a big statement.

Confusion in court

Two of four right-wing Germans on trial for killing five Turks with fire-bombs confused the court yesterday when one claimed all were guilty and the other said his friends were innocent, Reuter reports from Dusseldorf. Christian Reher said the other defendants had nothing to do with the attack in Solingen last year. But Markus Gartmann said all four had carried out the attack after a brawl with men they thought were Turks.

Obituary: Lore Lorentz

Lore Lorentz, entertainer, died Dusseldorf 22 February, aged 73. The grande dame of post-war German cabaret, with her husband Kay she founded the satirical Dusseldorf Kommoedchen troupe in 1947.

6 million could drop airlines for tunnel

SIX MILLION UK air travellers could switch to rail next year following the opening of the Channel tunnel, according to a government report published yesterday.

PRODUCTION NOTES / John Golding on assembling the Picasso exhibition at the Tate Gallery

The Picasso exhibition represents four years of awful hard work by myself and Lizzie Cowling, my co-curator. There are innumerable Picasso exhibitions - many of which don't add much to the picture we have of him - and collectors are approached so often that their instinct is to say 'no'.

Tennis: Memphis blues for Chang

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Dresdner protests against 'bullying' inspectors

DRESDNER BANK strongly protested yesterday at what it described as bullying tactics by German investigators who have been searching the bank's main offices for evidence of illegal money transfers to Luxembourg.

Air UK flies back to profit after three years in red

AIR UK, the country's third biggest scheduled carrier, returned to profit last year after losses of pounds 31m in the previous three years.

Decoding the Russian message: Zhirinovsky has set a puzzle for Yeltsin and for us, say Alexei Pankin and Andrew Palmer

IN THE three weeks since his successful showing in the Russian elections, Vladimir Zhirinovsky has distinguished himself with a torrent of intemperate remarks about Russia's neighbours and its ethnic minorities. Even if one believes that the majority of those who voted for him do not subscribe to these views but voted for him as the only alternative to both the Communists and the pro-government blocs, there is no reason for anyone to be complacent about his political prospects.

Letter: From Ms Valerie Wilson Trower

Sir: Your correspondent in her letter on ginkgo trees has omitted to mention the distinctive webbed-foot shaped leaves and opportunities to view specimens.

Obituary: Paolo Bortoluzzi

Paolo Bortoluzzi, dancer, dance director and choreographer; born Genoa 17 May 1938; member and principal dancer, Bejart's Ballet of the Twentieth Century 1960-72; guest artist and principal dancer, Dusseldorf Opera House, 1966-84, Director, 1984-90; guest artist, American Ballet Theater 1972-81; Director of Ballet, La Scala, Milan 1981-84; Director of Ballet, Grand Theatre, Bordeaux 1990-93; married Jaleh Kerendi (one sone, one daughter); died Brussels 16 October 1993.

Hijacker seeks sheikh's release

DUSSELDORF - An Egyptian hijacker who seized a KLM airliner yesterday after threatening the crew with a bomb, set a 12- hour deadline for the United States to release Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric linked to the New York World Trade Center bombing in February.

Hijacker wants sheikh free

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen