Germany’s Gabriel hits back at Erdogan with call to back Turkish democracy

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and the rest of Europe should back the “democratically minded” majority of Turks who do not support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Germany’s foreign minister said in remarks likely to hurt Berlin’s relations with Ankara further. The comments by Sigmar Gabriel at a campaign event on Monday evening for his Social Democratic […]

Belgian Grand Prix restarts F1’s season this week

The Belgian Grand Prix kicks off the second half of the Formula 1 season .

German policeman accidentally fires shot as boarding plane

BERLIN — Passengers boarding a plane at the German capital’s Tegel airport got a scare when a police officer accidentally fired a shot from his service pistol. Police told the dpa news agency the Berlin police detective was boarding the plane to Cologne on Monday morning when the shot went off in the walkway just…

Barcelona sues Neymar for $10M signing bonus

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona is suing Neymar for the (euro)8.5 million euro ($10 million) bonus it paid the Brazil striker for signing a contract he later broke to join Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record transfer. Barcelona said on Tuesday that it wants Neymar to pay back the bonus for a contract in Oct. 2016 that…

Levante beats Villarreal 1-0 in its return to La Liga

VALENCIA, Spain — Levante marked its return to the Spanish league after a season away with a 1-0 win over Villarreal on Monday. Jose Luis Morales converted an 88th-minute penalty kick at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium. Morales himself earned the penalty kick after being fouled by defender Antonio Rukavina inside the area. Levante played six…

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Column: English soccer embraces payback for Asian money

LONDON — Perhaps it’s just a clever ploy to sell the caffeine-packed drinks produced by the competition’s title sponsor. Domestic supporters of English clubs wanting to instantly discover their next opponent in the League Cup will have to be awake at 4:15 a.m. on Thursday. The second-ranked cup competition’s draw masters aren’t pulling an all-nighter.…