Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be the first German foreign minister to visit Baghdad next year since Berlin's opposition to the Iraq war. The visit is seen as a strong sign of support for US president-elect Barack Obama's Middle East policy.
Deutsche Bahn has suspended a conductor who forced a 13-year-old girl to get off a train miles away from home because she forgot her ticket. It's the second such incident in three weeks.
Jewish leaders in Germany have castigated a senior politician from Chancellor Merkel's party for using the words "pogrom atmosphere" to describe the hostility towards well-paid business executives in the country.
German insurance giant Allianz has reported a net loss of €2.02 billion for the third quarter, saying it has taken a big hit from the turmoil in financial markets and its Dresdner Bank arm.
Police broke up a demonstration by anti-nuclear activists in Lower Saxony late on Friday after protestors hurled bottles, eggs and firecrackers at the cops and set fire to barricades, injuring an officer.
Having taken the Bundesliga by storm so far this season, league leader Hoffenheim travels to Hertha Berlin on Sunday with Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi claiming his side can beat anyone.