Angela Merkel opened this year's Gamescom, which has a notably political bent this year. Politicians are keen to lure potential voters, but it may prove tough to coax them away from the games announced this year.
The US president has recommitted his country to the war in Afghanistan. A troop surge there could put pressure on NATO allies to follow suit. Germany already has troops in the country - and is dismissing any suggestion it should send more.
A panel of judges from different faiths ruled the practice of 'triple Talaq' was unconstitutional and un-Islamic. The decision is a major victory for women's rights activists. But some Muslims fear the government is trying to limit religious freedom.
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