The German military are planning for a long-term military operation against terror group Daesh, with plans for a €65 million air base in southern Turkey, Spiegel reports.
The air base will be built at the site in Incirlik where the Bundeswehr is currently flying reconnaissance and refuelling missions into Syria, according to a planning paper from the Defence Ministry seen by Spiegel magazine.
The new extension to the Turkish base will include an air controller centre for the German aircraft, accommodation for soldiers and a fully equipped combat headquarters.
Germany is also reportedly in discussions with Ankara about a treaty for stationing German soldiers on Turkish soil for long-term deployments.
A message in a bottle which washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea has been confirmed as the world’s oldest.
The bottle was released into the North Sea in 1906 and found by a woman on a beach on the north German island of Amrum last year.
The temperatures were a chilly 14° C in the Mediterranean last Sunday. But that didn’t stop Nathalie Pohl, a 21-year-old from Marburg, crossing the straits of Gibraltar in two hours and 53 minutes, Bild reports.
The young athlete had to swim 15km from Tarifa in Spain to Point Cires in Morocco to achieve her goal.