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World champions Germany host Poland in Friday's key Euro 2016 qualifier with the hosts out to put last year's historic defeat behind them and move top of Group D. The Germans have a score to settle in Frankfurt in the first of their two qualifiers before playing Scotland in Glasgow next Monday. Joachim Loew's side find themselves in the usual position of being second in the table, just a point behind leaders Poland, who beat them 2-0 in the corresponding fixture in Warsaw last October, while Scotland are third.
By Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders but which underscored Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces. President Xi Jinping, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square before the parade began, offered an unexpected olive branch by saying China would cut its troop levels by 300,000. Xi gave no timeframe for the troop cut, adding China would always "walk down the path of peaceful development".