Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was in Japan on Saturday to meet his counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto although a visit to the earthquake disaster area or the severely damaged nuclear power station Fukushima was not planned.
Authorities are expecting to charge the uncle of the two sisters found dead in their family flat on Wednesday night with their murder, they confirmed on Saturday morning.
The head of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) Hans Peter Keitel has sharply criticised the banking sector for what he called catastrophic exaggerations in what some managers are paid.
A few days before they were set to take part in a meeting on rules governing gambling, four top politicians attended a conference on the subject – with their luxury hotel rooms paid for by an industry magazine.
Friday's German Bundesliga game between St Pauli and Schalke 04 was abandoned a minute before the end of the match after a linesman was hit in the back by a plastic cup full of beer thrown from one of the stands.
Three men from south-western Germany were killed on Friday after their ski group was caught up in what rescuers said was a gigantic avalanche in the Swiss mountains.