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Nobel prize winning author Gunter Grass dies aged 87

German novelist Gunter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of works such as The Tin Drum, has died at the age of 87, a foundation in his name said.

Nobel Prize in Literature Gunter Grass. Credit: Wolfgang Langenstrassen/DPA/Press Association Images

For many, Grass was the voice of a German generation that came of age in World War Two and bore the burden of their parents' guilt for the atrocities of the Nazis.

Grass, with his trademark drooping moustache, was born the Baltic port of Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland, in 1927 and much of his fiction was set in the city.


Germany team to wear armbands in memory of victims

Germany will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence before their friendly clash with Australia on Wednesday night in memory of the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.

Head coach Joachim Löw speaks to the players in training on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Around half the victims are believed to be German and national Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach confirmed the team would honour them against the Asian Cup champions at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern.

Niersbach said in a short statement on the governing body's website: "It is the one clear thought which overshadows everything else.

"We owe it to the victims and their families that the football family share in their grief."

Commercial team manager Oliver Bierhoff added: "We are deeply saddened and stunned. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims."

Protesters clash with riot police at new ECB HQ opening

Thousands of anti-capitalist protesters from across the continent have clashed with police in Germany ahead of the official opening of the European Central Bank's new headquarters in Frankfurt.

Police cars have been set alight Credit: Reuters

More than 10,000 members of protest group Blockupy were expected to descend on the city, with reports of rocks being thrown at riot officers and police cars set on fire.

Blockupy states that it holds the Bank responsible for "austerity and poverty" in parts of Europe, and said it wanted to prevent staff from going to work as well as disrupting plans for the opening ceremony.

Blockupy says it holds the European Central Bank responsible for 'austerity and poverty' across the continent Credit: Reuters
Thousands of protesters have clashed with police Credit: Reuters
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