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Man United Munich air disaster survivor Bill Foulkes dies

Former Manchester United forward Bill Foulkes has died at the age of 81, the club has announced.

The club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward paid tribute to Foulkes, saying: "Bill was a giant character in the post-war history of Manchester United.

Former Manchester United forward Bill Foulkes has died at the age of 81. Credit: PA Wire

"He was a very gentle man, who I was privileged to meet on several occasions, including most memorably with his team-mates at the Champions League final in Moscow, 50 years after his heroics in the Munich air crash.

"Bill's contribution over almost 700 games and nearly 20 years will never be forgotten. The thoughts of everyone at the club - directors, players, staff and fans - are with Bill's family."

After the Munich tragedy, he took over the captaincy and became the leader of the 'Busby Babes'.

Unknown works by masters among Nazi art find

Previously unknown artworks by masters including Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Max Liebermann and Henri Matisse are among those found inside a flat in Munich.

A self-portrait by Otto Dix was among the loot, discovered in a flat in Munich. Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors said the issue of ownership was still to be clarified. The total value has been estimated at about €1billion (£846 million).

Other artists whose works were found include Pablo Picasso and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as Canaletto and Gustave Courbet.

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'Lion Tamer' among looted paintings already sold

The vast trove of modern art seized under Germany's Nazi regime, including works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, was discovered in a Munich apartment among stacks of rotting groceries, German magazine Focus reported.

The Lion Tamer by Max Beckmann was one of the paintings that has already been sold.

Customs investigators made the find in 2011 after a 76-year-old man travelling by train from Zurich to Munich aroused suspicion at the border when he was found carrying a large, albeit legal, amount of cash.

The apartment building in Munich where it is believed that German customs officials discovered missing artworks. Credit: Reuters

Focus said Cornelius Gurlitt, a recluse, had funded himself by occasionally selling a painting.

German customs 'stunned with what we found'

Commenting on the discovery of a collection of around 1,500 artworks looted by the Nazis in Munich, a customs official is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:

We were stunned with what we found. From floor to ceiling, from bedroom to bathroom, were piles and piles of old food in tins and old noodles, much of it from the 1980s.

And behind it all these pictures. They are worth over a billion euros [over £850million] we are told, but the real worth is inestimable. They are treasures

Historian attempting to establish looted art owners

German art historian Meike Hoffmann has been trying to establish the origin and value of around 1,500 artworks found in Munich that were looted by the Nazis in the 1930's and 1940's.

One of the works was reported to be a Matisse painting previously owned by Jewish collector Paul Rosenberg.

His granddaughter Anne Sinclair, the French journalist and ex-wife of the former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss Kahn has been campaigning for many years for the return of looted art.

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International warrants out for some of looted Nazi art

At least 200 of 1,500 artworks discovered in Germany that were confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940 are the subject of international warrants, news magazine Focus reports.

The collection is reported to include artworks by master painters such as Picasso, Chagall and Matisse with an estimated value of about one billion euros (£846m).

The works are being held in a secure warehouse in Munich at present while art historians attempt to determine the origin and value of the images.

Art looted by Nazis 'found in German city of Munich'

A collection of approximately 1,500 paintings confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in Munich, German magazine focus reports.

It is said to include artworks by master painters such as Picasso, Chagall and Matisse with an estimated value of about one billion euros (£846m).

Some of the works were declared as "degenerate" by the Nazis during the Third Reich, others were stolen from or sold by Jewish art collectors involuntarily.

Focus said the collection was found in 2011 when the tax authorities investigating the reclusive son of an art dealer in Munich obtained a search warrant for his home.

Wreaths of remembrance lain in Munch

The Olympic flag flies at half mast at the 1972 Games, in respect of the slain 11 Isreali athletes Credit: EMPICS/PA

A wreath laying ceremony has taken place at Munich's former Olympic Village, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympic Massacre.

In attendance were Munich's mayor, survivor Henry Hershkovic and the head of the German Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

A member of the Palestinian Black September terrorist group on the balcony of the Israeli team headquarters Credit: EMPICS/PA

Later, German ministers will join Israeli survivors at theFuerstenfeldbruck military airport where most of the victims were killed by their captors.

In 1972, Palestinian terrorists, members of the Black September Group, killed 11 Israeli athletes during the Games in Germany.

'A shocking act of evil': Hague on anniversary of Munich terror attack

On the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics Games, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

The terrorist attack at Munich which cost the lives of 11 innocent Israeli athletes and officials was a shocking act of evil which betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for. On today’s sad anniversary we pay tribute to their memory and reiterate our determination to confront terrorism and stand with the victims of terrorism wherever it may occur.

– William Hague, Foreign Secretary
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