On Monday a huge clean-up operation began in Frankfurt after a tower block was demolished in the city's university area. Large crowds gathered to watch the spectacle.
In Berlin, meanwhile, stars hit the red carpet on Thursday as the 64th Berlinale film festival got underway. Opening the fest was director Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.
A photo of Niki Lauda on the front of satirical Titanic magazine provoked the former Formula One champion to hit back. Editors placed a photo of Lauda, who was badly burnt in an accident in 1976 with under a headline reading, "it's hit Schumi this badly", in a reference to the ski accident suffered by Michael Schumacher.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen confirmed on Wednesday that more German soldiers would be sent to Mali, before she flew to Africa later that day.
Elsewhere in Africa, a German environment bureaucrat came under fire for shooting an elephant – and boasting about it.
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