German federal prosecutors called on Wednesday for a self-confessed cannibal to be sentenced to a life jail term as an appeal against his original verdict began. Armin Meiwes, 43, was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail in January last year after being found guilty of manslaughter in a trial that fascinated and appalled Germany. The trial judges rejected prosecution calls for a murder conviction, which would have carried a life term of 15 years. Germany's highest judicial court is now to decide whether his sentence should be upgraded or whether there should be a retrial.
Detente policy in the Cold War, conflict prevention and protection of human rights were the goals set when the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe was founded 40 years ago. How has the OSCE managed?
In a report on German TV, journalist Hajo Seppelt makes a case that doping is rampant among track-and-field's endurance disciplines. He also suggests that the sport's governing body is doing little to combat the problem.
A year without a clay-court title is pretty much unthinkable for former world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain. And he's well on his way to victory at the ATP event in Hamburg with an easy semi-final win.