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.
Nuremburg have fired coach Gertjan Verbeek. The 51-year-old Dutchman lasted just six months in the job, and leaves der Club facing relegation from the Bundesliga with just three matches to play.
China’s factory activity improved slightly in April, halting several months of decline, according to a survey made by British bank HSBC. Its flash PMI index for China, however, signals the contraction will endure.
When was the last time you listened to a bedtime story? The International Day of the Book would be a good time to open your ears and listen to a gripping tale - whether read from a book or told by a storyteller.