With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
SPD politician Torsten Albig, the premier of one of Germany's 16 states, has said it's essentially pointless for his party, the country's second strongest, to run a candidate against Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2017.
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died of injuries sustained at last year's Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi had been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka last October.
Same-sex couples cannot get married in Germany - in contrast to the situation in the US and some other EU countries. Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing Christian Democrats remain opposed.
The Saudi-led coalition has announced an upcoming break in fighting Houthi rebels, at the request of Yemen's exiled president Hadi. The move follows latest coalition strikes that reportedly killed dozens of civilians.