Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be the first German foreign minister to visit Baghdad next year since Berlin's opposition to the Iraq war. The visit is seen as a strong sign of support for US president-elect Barack Obama's Middle East policy.
Deutsche Bahn has suspended a conductor who forced a 13-year-old girl to get off a train miles away from home because she forgot her ticket. It's the second such incident in three weeks.
For the second night running Swedish soldiers have been in the firing line in Afghanistan. The soldiers were on night patrol west of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday night when they became involved in a firefight.
When a car crashed through a garden fence in the southern Swedish town of Skurup on Friday evening the family presumed that the driver had made a getaway as the car appeared empty.
Jewish leaders in Germany have castigated a senior politician from Chancellor Merkel's party for using the words "pogrom atmosphere" to describe the hostility towards well-paid business executives in the country.
German insurance giant Allianz has reported a net loss of €2.02 billion for the third quarter, saying it has taken a big hit from the turmoil in financial markets and its Dresdner Bank arm.
The northern Swedish town of Gällivare joined together on Friday evening to take a stand against recent violent attacks that have rocked the remote locality north of the Arctic Circle and left two women dead.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson was joined by Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia at the top of the HSBC Champions leaderboard after a rain-delayed second round in Shanghai on Saturday.
Police broke up a demonstration by anti-nuclear activists in Lower Saxony late on Friday after protestors hurled bottles, eggs and firecrackers at the cops and set fire to barricades, injuring an officer.
Swedish state-owned rail operator SJ has performed a u-turn and made changes to its controversial ticketing system. Travellers will from next year be obliged to carry identification in a push to tackle ticket touts.
Having taken the Bundesliga by storm so far this season, league leader Hoffenheim travels to Hertha Berlin on Sunday with Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi claiming his side can beat anyone.