A police commissioner in western Germany fatally shot his eight-year-old daughter before killing himself on Saturday, just two days after his wife told him she wanted a divorce.
Documents seized in May linked to al Qaida leaders indicate that the terrorist organisation was aiming to take hostages in Germany and other Western countries as part of a "war of attrition," according to a newspaper report.
Europe's biggest automaker Volkswagen will probably complete its takeover of luxury car group Porsche this year after clearing key hurdles, according to a German media report on Sunday.
Italian authorities have identified a German man among the 12 bodies recovered from the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the Tuscany coast on January 13.
Demonstrators against the controversial "Stuttgart 21" rail project tried to block workers from felling more than 30 trees early on Sunday. Police removed protesters from trees and demolition equipment to allow teams to finish the work.
A three-month old elephant at a zoo in Munich died on Saturday of a pulmonary embolism, just before she was due to receive a heart surgery for a congenital defect.