German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the late former Czech president Vaclav Havel on Sunday as a "great European" who fought tirelessly for freedom on the continent.
Retail sales have increased slightly this past week over the past two weeks and stores are expecting further increases heading into the final shopping days before Christmas, the German trade association said Sunday.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a first mechanical cardiac assist device for children that can help keep patients alive as they await a transplant.
President Christian Wulff is coming under increased attacks from across the political spectrum, as politicians feel Germany's head of state has not fully explained a 2008 loan he received while serving as premier of Lower Saxony.
Theo Zwanziger said Sunday he plans to step down as president of the German Football Federation (DFB) before spring 2012.
Most Germans do not plan to go to church over the Christmas holidays, a poll from TNS-Emnid research institute, conducted for the news magazine Focus, showed.
Defence lawyers for Beate Zschäpe, a key neo-Nazi suspect in a series of 10 murders, largely against foreign-born German residents, told Focus magazine that they may move to get her released from jail.