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Ex-germany Midfielder Hitzlsperger Says He's Gay

Former English player Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest, was the first footballer to say openly that he was gay in 1990. He committed suicide eight years later at age 37. Swedish defender Anton Hysen came out in 2011. Athletes from other sports have also spoken about their sexuality. Last month, British Olympic diver Tom Daley said he was in a relationship with a man. Other high-profile gay athletes include former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas, English cricketer Steven Davies and former NBA players Jason Collins and John Amaechi. On visit site Twitter, German forward Lukas Podolski welcomed his former international teammate's announcement, calling it ''brave and right'' and ''an important sign in our time.'' Government spokesman Steffen Seibert praised Hitzlsperger's announcement on behalf of Chancellor Angela Merkel. <br>More:

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Killing of former beauty queen a test for Chavez successor Nick Miroff The government tries to stem public furor after a former Miss Venezuela is slain in front of her 5-year-old child. In Egypt, many shrug as freedoms disappear Abigail Hauslohner There is a growing sense in Egypt that the best path to stability could be to do things the militarys way. This month restrictions eased on the movement of people from those two countries to the rest of the 28-nation EU. The conservative Christian Social Union, one of three governing parties, has called for nationals from other EU countries to be ineligible for welfare benefits for their first three months in Germany and for welfare cheats to be expelled. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday the panel would examine possible legislation to combat any welfare abuse. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. <br>More:

Germany looks into welfare abuse to tame immigrant row

Late last year, the mayors of 16 big cities, including Cologne and Hanover, wrote to the coalition to seek help with an influx of poor immigrants from south-eastern Europe, Seibert said, adding: "When cities have to cope with problems that could be related to migration, we have to take a close look." The working group comprises top officials from 11 ministries and a government coordinator for integration. The conservative-led interior ministry and the labour ministry, controlled by the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), will lead the group. Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), which shares power with Merkel's conservatives and the SPD, wants benefits to be withheld from immigrants for the first three months and foreign fraudsters to be deported and banned from returning. "Why should Germany become Europe's social repair workshop?" CSU General Secretary Andreas Scheuer said this week. TENSIONS The SPD has denounced the CSU ideas as "hate slogans" and populism before local and European elections due this year. <br>More:

Former Germany soccer player Hitzlsperger says he is gay

Industry figures published Tuesday show that bituminous coal and lignite together contributed 45.5 percent of Germany's gross energy output in 2013, up from 44 percent the previous year. Environmentalists criticize the increasing use of coal, saying it is a "dirty" source because of the large amount of carbon dioxide released when it is burned. Heavily subsidized renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower also increased their contribution to 23.4 percent, up from 22.8 percent in 2012. The share of nuclear power dropped to 15.4 percent from 15.8 percent. <br>More:

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"I'm making my homosexuality public because I would like to advance the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes," he told Die Zeit in an interview to be published on Thursday. The 31-year-old, who retired in September, played 52 times for Germany between 2004 and 2010 and spent his club career at Aston Villa, VfB Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham United, VfL Wolfsburg and Everton. "In England, Germany and Italy, homosexuality is not an issue that is discussed in earnest, not in the dressing-room at any rate," he said. Despite its global popularity, soccer has seen very few gay players come out, especially during their active careers as the fear of a negative reaction from coaches, team mates and fans forces them to keep their sexuality secret. Britain's most famous case was that of former Norwich City striker Justin Fashanu, who great site came out in a tabloid newspaper in 1990 and committed suicide eight years later. Former Leeds United player Robbie Rogers quit soccer and came out as gay after being released by the Yorkshire club last year. The American's decision to restart his career at Los Angeles Galaxy prompted the New York Times to dub him "the first openly gay man to participate in a prominent North American pro league clicking here when he made his debut against the Columbus Crew in May. <br>More:

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