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Borussia Dortmund players Nuri Sahin (L), Sven Bender (2-L) and Marcel Schmelzer (5-L) are escorted by police after the blast.
Borussia Dortmund players Nuri Sahin (L), Sven Bender (2-L) and Marcel Schmelzer (5-L) are escorted by police after the blast.PHOTO: EPA

Football: Blasts hit Borussia Dortmund team bus, leaving player hurt

German police said “an attack using serious explosives” was launched on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team’s bus, leaving one player injured.

Defender Marc Bartra was taken to hospital.

The bus was hit by three blasts from devices planted in bushes at the roadside close to the team’s hotel, as the vehicle made its way to a quarter-final first leg Champions League game at home to AS Monaco.

The match was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.


White House spokesman Sean Spicer sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on social media by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons, which critics said overlooked the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

Spicer made the comments at a daily news briefing, during a discussion about the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people. Washington has blamed the attack on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said when asked about Russia’s alliance with the Syrian government. The Nazis murdered six million Jews during World War II. Many were killed in gas chambers in European concentration camps.


United Airlines CEO says 'I'm sorry' in response to passenger dragged from plane

United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz issued an apology for the treatment of a passenger who was dragged on Sunday from his seat on a United plane, as the company faced a worldwide backlash for its handling of the incident.

“I’m sorry. We will fix this,” Munoz said in a statement a day after he had defended the company in a memo that contained no apologies to the passenger.

On Tuesday, as the storm of criticism continued, Munoz changed course. “I deeply apologise to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard,” he said in the statement. “No one should ever be mistreated this way.”


'Stop staring,' says Caitlyn Jenner, announcing genital surgery

Caitlyn Jenner says she has undergone genital surgery, two years after the Olympic-winning decathlete announced she had transitioned to a woman.

Jenner, 67, one of the most-high profile American transgender women, says in an upcoming memoir that she had the surgery in January, and that she decided to go public "so all of you can stop staring".

"You want to know, so now you know. Which is why this is the first time, and the last time, I will ever speak of it," Jenner wrote in leaked excerpts of her memoir The Secrets Of My Life. The excerpts were published by RadarOnline ahead of the April 25 publication of the memoir.


Football: Two-goal Dybala upstages Messi as Juventus thump Barcelona

Paulo Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring two exquisitely taken goals to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over an underwhelming Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Spanish side, who overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the previous round to beat Paris St Germain, will have to pull a similar trick out of the hat after being comprehensively outplayed in the quarter-final first leg.

Dybala fired Juve ahead in the seventh minute and added the second goal before the half hour while defender Giorgio Chiellini headed in the third early in the second half in another rousing Juventus performance.