Munich (Germany) (AFP) - A German court Thursday sentenced football legend Uli Hoeness, president of powerhouse club Bayern Munich, to three and a half years in jail for evading tens of millions in taxes. The verdict for cheating the German state out of 28.5 million euros ($39.5 million) spelled the likely end of the career of the former star player whose trial has captivated football-obsessed Germany. Hoeness, 62, had admitted to hiding his wealth in secret Swiss bank accounts while obsessively "gambling" on international stock and currency markets for years. At the end of a four-day trial, judge Rupert Heindl delivered the verdict: "In the name of the people, Mr Ulrich Hoeness is sentenced for seven serious counts of tax evasion to a prison term of three years and six months."
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Gaza's Islamic Jihad announced Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce had been restored following a brief but intense confrontation a day earlier when Israeli warplanes pounded the Strip after heavy cross-border rocket fire. But the truce was being tested after the Israeli military reported than a rocket had been fired from Gaza early in the evening, bringing to four the total over the course of the day. Even so, that was sharply down on the more than 60 rockets that Israel said had been fired since Wednesday night, and the skies over the Hamas-run Gaza Strip were filled only with driving rain. Over the course of 24 hours, Israeli warplanes struck Gaza after militants fired scores of rockets over the border in the worst confrontation since an eight-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in November 2012.