Hosts and defending champions Germany were knocked out of the women's World Cup on Saturday as they were beaten 1-0 by Japan after extra-time in the quarter-finals.
An 85-year-old woman in the western city of Duisburg rescued a young girl on Friday, after a man tried to pull the child into the bushes. She was able to save the seven-year-old, but not without suffering a broken arm and multiple scrapes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to run for a third mandate in 2013 elections, she said on television on Saturday.
The head of German energy giant RWE, Jürgen Großmann, is mulling a partnership with Gazprom, the largest company in Russia, according to a Saturday news report.
Experts in the western German town of Bexbach are still searching a supermarket for a spider that jumped out of a Colombian fruit crate on Friday. The eight-legged escape artist is thought to be a highly venomous banana spider.
The German government has yet to confirm a controversial tank deal with Saudi Arabia, but Berlin is on the defensive, with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière emphasising the Arab kingdom's "stabilising" role.
Germany take on Japan on Saturday looking to book a place in the Women's World Cup semi-finals with the whole country behind them.