Germany joined top diplomats in piling pressure on Turkey and Israel to make up Saturday, after Ankara's decision to expel the Jewish state's ambassador in retaliation for last year's deadly Gaza flotilla raid.
Violence broke out at a counter-demonstration against a neo-Nazi rally in Dortmund on Saturday. Police said officers were "severely attacked" by about 1,500 "leftist extremists." Some 200 people were taken into custody.
Nearly 200 people had to be pulled off of a cruise ship on the Danube on Friday night, after a cargo ship rammed into the vessel, sending it careening into a rock that drove a gaping hole in the hull.
Horst Kasner, the father of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, died on Friday at the age of 85, a government spokesperson said. The chancellor canceled all appointments scheduled for Saturday.
German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle announced that Berlin will skip the United Nations' Durban anti-racism conference, with an eye toward anti-Israel remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 2009 summit.
Former champions Germany were given an early chance for celebration on Friday after becoming the first team to qualify for the 2012 European Championship finals.