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German canoe slalom coach dies after car crash in Rio

Stefan Henze suffered head injuries in the crash on Friday. Credit: PA

The coach of Germany's canoe slalom team has died following a car crash in Rio last week, the German Olympics team has said.

Stefan Henze suffered head injuries in the crash on Friday when he was travelling with teammate Christian Kaeding in a taxi to the athletes' village and the car crashed into a concrete barrier.

"We are endlessly sad on this day," said German Olympic Sports Confederation President Alfons Hoermann. "Words cannot come close to describing how we in the Olympic team feel after this dreadful incident."

The 35-year-old, a 2004 Olympic Games silver medallist, had undergone emergency surgery early on Friday and had been in intensive care ever since.

Kaeding suffered minor injuries and has been released from hospital.

The German team said it will hold a ceremony on Tuesday.

'Two on the run after axe and gun attack' in Germany

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One person has been injured after an attack reportedly involving an axe and a gun in the German city of Cologne.

Two people remain on the run after the violent incident in the city centre at around 4am in the morning, said the German newspaper Koelner Express.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the fact of the attack but said she was still waiting for details from a city hospital over the weapons involved.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing two men hitting each other with axes after a confrontation involving up to four men, the newspaper said.

One man was reportedly stabbed and then tried to flee in his car, only to be shot at by the other two men.

Two suspects were later stopped by police. The motive for the attack is unknown, the newspaper reported.


German terror suspect 'may have plotted football attack'

Officials said the man may have plotted an attack on the Bundesliga championships Credit: Reuters

German special forces have arrested a Syrian refugee on suspicion of plotting an attack inspired by the so-called Islamic State.

The 24-year-old is suspected being member of the terror group and of planning an attack at the start of the Bundesliga season - the equivalent of the Premier League.

The man was arrested in Mutterstadt in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

"There are indications that something is being planned for the start of the Bundesliga season," a interior ministry spokesman for the region told AFP.

However in a separate statement the ministry added there was currently "no evidence of a concrete threat".

Metal music festival bans rucksacks over terror fears

Metal fans at the Wacken Open Air festival in 2013 Credit: Reuters

A heavy metal music festival in Germany has banned revellers from bringing in rucksacks and bags to its main site in a security clampdown sparked by terror fears.

Wacken Open Air festival introduced the new measures after a suicide bomber himself up outside another music festival in Ansbach last month, injuring 15 people.

A spokesman said that festival-goers will still be able to take their luggage into the campsites, but they can only bring small waist packs into the main grounds.

The festival, held between August 4-6, is expected to draw around 75,000 people and features over 120 acts including Iron Maiden, Saxon and Blind Guardian.

Schweinsteiger retires from international football

Schweinsteiger has had a very successful international career. Credit: PA

Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.

Three weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a semi-final loss to France, the Manchester United midfielder has said he is stepping down as captain of the national team and ending his international playing career.

The 31-year-old said on his Twitter page: "Dear fans of the Germany national team. I have just asked the national team coach not to consider me any more for his national team selections in future since I would like to retire."

Schweinsteiger, whose final game for Joachim Low's team was the 2-0 defeat to France, was capped 120 times by his country and scored 24 goals.

He became captain after Philipp Lahm retired following the 2014 World Cup, which he won as vice-captain.

His record with Germany, for whom he debuted in June 2004 in a 2-0 defeat to Hungary, reads 81 wins, 19 draws and 20 defeats.


German police arrest Algerian Islamic State sympathiser

German Federal Police have arrested a missing Algerian refugee who made statements sympathising with a gunman who killed nine people in Munich.

The 19-year-old man also made statements sympathising with the so-called Islamic State, but authorities said they have no evidence the man had any concrete plans or ties to the militant group.

Police said the man fled a psychiatric facility on Wednesday shouting: "I'll blow you up."

He was arrested at the main train station in the city of Bremen after an extensive manhunt that led to the evacuation of a local shopping centre.

Explosion heard near migrant centre in Germany

Zindorf is located in northern Bavaria, which has seen two attacks claimed by IS in the past 10 days. Credit: Google Maps

An explosion has been reported near a office for migrants in southern Germany, according to a German broadcaster.

Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk said the blast took place at a centre in Zirndorf, near Nuremberg, however police confirmed the incident posed "no danger" to the public.

The Bavarian State Interior Ministry told NBC News the explosion was "very small" and "no one was injured".

The official also played down reports the explosion occurred "outside" a migration office, but instead "was some distance away from any building".

It is believed the blast "came from a backpack filled with hairspray canisters".

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