Knut the polar bear, who became a global media sensation as a cub after being rejected by his mother and reared by hand, died suddenly for unexplained reasons on Saturday, the Berlin Zoo said.
An employee of the child welfare agency in Göttingen allegedly stole more then €400,000 from orphans and other young people he was assigned to over a five-year period. He used the money to support a lavish lifestyle.
Nearly one-half of those asked in a new poll were critical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's management in the face of the nuclear crisis in Japan. Merkel is in Paris on Saturday for a meeting with world leaders on Libya.
Champions League quarter-finalists Schalke 04 and former coach Felix Magath put an end to their threats of legal action on Saturday.
Despite government efforts to calm fears about the new E10 biofuel, German drivers are not convinced. Some 85 percent reject the petrol out of hand, a new study found.
Germany's oldest nuclear power plant has been completely shut down, operator RWE said on Saturday. The Biblis A facility, with a capacity of 1,225 megawatts, first went into operation in 1974.
The president of the Federal Office of Radiation Protection said he sees no reason to worry about radiation from Japanese reactors reaching Germany. Contamination fears have led to runs on iodine pills and Geiger counters.