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.
While mid-week league games are common in England, they are a bit of a curiosity in the Bundesliga. Jürgen Klopp's Dortmund side is in the middle of a demanding string of games, and Klopp thinks it may be a little much.
Last season's entertainers are showing signs of becoming a more consistent football team this year. Although fans of the league might be surprised, Hoffenheim are vying for a top six spot.
President Francois Hollande says France is acting against terrorism in the face of threats. Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France will not negotiate with a group that took a hiker hostage in Algeria on Sunday.