The Social Democratic Party (SDP) parliamentary leader and former chancellor candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he is no longer ruling out early elections in Germany.
England battled past New Zealand 2-1 to get to the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup on Friday while Homare Sawa scored a hat-trick to put Japan through with a 4-0 rout of Group B rivals Mexico.
An 81-year-old landlord has been arrested after admitting shooting dead his tenant and her boyfriend - in front of her two young children. The motive may have been a dispute about the rent.
The controversial ultra-conservative Catholic group, the Pius Brotherhood, has ordained four new priests just two days before Bishop Richard Williamson’s appeal against his conviction for Holocaust denial.
The coalition parties are backing former Defence Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg’s over his firing of a general and a civil servant after a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan which killed up to 142 people including dozens of civilians.
The strong economy will allow Berlin to significantly reduce state debt in 2012 - but the cost of the EU bailouts means that from 2013 Germany will have to borrow more than previously anticipated.
Tens of thousands of yoga fans are expected in Berlin this weekend for a huge festival organized in the German capital's 1930s Olympic Stadium by one of India's best-known gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.