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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".


Teen 'met Munich gunman at mall before deadly shooting'

Flowers left outside the Olympia shopping in Munich. Credit: Reuters

A teenager arrested in connection with the deadly Munich shooting may have known about the attack before it happened, officials have said.

The 16-year-old Afghan appeared to have met with the gunman at the mall where the shooting took place before the attack and knew he had a pistol, police said.

Investigators said the two teenagers met last year as in-patients at a psychiatric ward, with both being treated for online game addictions, among other things.

A spokesman for the German Interior Ministry said there could be a link between video games and the shooting and that there should be a discussion about "violent" video games.

Friend of Munich gunman arrested over attack

People mourn the victims of the attack. Credit: Reuters

A friend of the Munich gunman has been arrested over suspicions that he knew of the attack plans but failed to report them.

The 16-year-old Afghan youth may also have played a role in creating a Facebook post encouraging people to gather at the city's train station, police said.

"There is a suspicion that the 16-year-old is a possible tacit accomplice to (Friday's) attack," police said in a statement.

Attacker David Sonboly, 18, killed nine and wounded 27 others in a rampage through the city before taking his own life.

He apparently plotted the attack for a year and is thought to have created a Facebook post offering free meals to teenagers at the McDonalds on the day of the shooting.

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