Lawyer Sven Thomas (L) talks to his client Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One racing, as he arrives in court in Munich, Germany. Écclestone was accused of bribing a BayernLB employee in connection with the sale of a portion of Formula One but paid the court £60 million to end the case. Photograph: Getty Images

The Formula One chief, Bernie Ecclestone, has declared himself “a bit of an idiot” for paying a £60m settlement to bring an end to his bribery trial.T(...)

Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One racing, departs the Oberlandgericht Muenchen courthouse after judges agreed to conclude his trial for bribery. Ecclestone worked out a deal with prosecutors that spares him from jail time in exchange for payments of a $100 million fine and €25 million to bank BayernLB. Ecclestone was accused of bribing a BayernLB employee in connection with the sale of a portion of Formula One. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

A German court on Tuesday halted a bribery trial against Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for his paying a $100 million fee, under the terms of a settlem(...)

Part of an exhibition in Liège entitled “I was 20 in 14” shows a trench during the first World War. Photograph: Yves Herman.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will take part in an international commemorative ceremony in Liège in Belgium today to mark the begin(...)

Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

The race suit of Britain’s Christopher Froome is torn after he crashed during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers from Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France. Photograph: AP Photo

This was a stage for the ages, but its images are already seared into memories. The peloton, splattered and scattered by the rain and cobbles along t(...)

A helicopter lands at the foot of Hochthron mountain in the Alps near Berchtesgarden, Germany, amid the rescue effort at Riesending cave. Photograph: Aktivnews/EPA 1:10

Rescuers are working to rescue a man stuck deep inside caves in the German Alps after he was injured by falling rocks.Police said the rescue effort co(...)

Chelsea’s Brazilian players Willian, David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar have all been named in Felipe Scolari’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

All four of Chelsea’s Brazilian players have been named in coach Felipe Scolari 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in the South American nation.(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo felt no ill effects after he returned from injury in Real Madrid’s 1-0 Champions League semi-final win over Bayern Munich. (...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates with coach  Patrick Kluivert and manager Luis van Gaal after scoring their fourth goal during the  World Cup Qualifing match against  Hungary at Amsterdam Arena last year.

The question that was posed to Louis van Gaal at the press conference earlier in the season seemed innocuous enou(...)

Visitors toast with their one-liter beer mugs during the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Behind the pale yellow walls of a former Benedictine monastery on a wooded hill near Munich, the master brewers of Weihenstephan are still perf(...)