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Toni expected back to boost Bayern

Toni expected back to boost BayernMunich  - Bayern Munich expect Italy striker Luca Toni to resume team training on Monday in a boost for the German champions ahead of a key Bundesliga clash against VfL Wolfsburg and a Champions League trip to Barcelona.

Midfielder Hamit Altintop is also due back following injury while defender Massimo Oddo has already resumed training with the team.

Toni has been sidelined for four weeks with an Achilles tendon injury but has been undergoing fitness training daily with rehabilitation coach Thomas Wilhelmi in Bologna.

Bayern Munich face tough fight over Ribery, says Hoeness

Bayern Munich face tough fight over Ribery, says Hoeness Munich  - Bayern Munich face a hard fight in keeping France midfielder Franck Ribery who could become the focus of increasing attention from other European clubs, general manager Uli Hoeness said in a newspaper interview Friday.

Bayern have repeatedly insisted they have no interest in selling the 25-year-old international who is reportedly wanted by Barcelona and big-spending Manchester City.

Hoeness told Bild newspaper Ribery had two years to go on his contract and he and his family were happy in Munich.

Court partially lifts ban on Nazi-era newspapers

Court partially lifts ban on Nazi-era newspapers Munich  - A German court on Wednesday partially lifted a ban on a British publisher giving out reprints of old Nazi newspapers.

The restriction was imposed by the state of Bavaria, which argued it had copyright over the newspapers.

The district court in Munich ruled that Peter McGee's popular history series Zeitungszeugen could include reprints dating to the end of 1938 but not later.

Earlier this year, police confiscated thousands of copies of Zeitungszeugen that contained republished facsimiles of Nazi-era papers.

BMW looking to fight for F1 title in 2009, says Theissen

BMW looking to fight for F1 title in 2009, says Theissen Munich - BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen has set his sights on BMW-sauber drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica fighting for the Formula One title in 2009, starting with strong performances in the weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

"The impression from testing has been good so we are going into the season feeling strong and with high expectations," Theissen told German Press Agency dpa.

Apple's Safari 4 promises faster surfing

Apple's Safari 4 promises faster surfingMunich  - Apple's new browser promises to be significantly faster than its predecessors.

According to Apple, Safari 4 will be able to run JavaScript, a feature of many websites, faster than n Safari 3. Indeed, the company says the speed will increase by 4.2 times.

Apple also boasts that its new browser, now available in a beta version, will make the competition look positively slow. HTML websites will load seven times faster on the new Safari than on Internet Explorer 7 and up to three times faster than on Firefox 3, it added.

Cocaine found in banana crates destined for supermarket

Cocaine found in banana crates destined for supermarket Munich - A Bavarian supermarket employee found more than just fruit when unpacking crates of bananas.

Two of the boxes contained 28 kilos of cocaine with a street value of 1.4 million euros (1.9 million dollars), police said Friday.

The female worker raised the alarm after finding the drugs in 26 plastic bags hidden under a layer of the fruit.

The bananas were shipped from Colombia to the Belgium port of Antwerp. From there they were sent by truck to Germany where they were delivered to the supermarket in Illertissen on Wednesday.

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