Patchwork families are what result when parents separate from their partners and then find new ones. It's not always easy for children to cope, but as two patchwork families in Berlin prove, the situation also has its advantages.
An Australian charity director in Afghanistan has been kidnapped near the border with Pakistan. Authorities say "unidentified gunmen" grabbed the woman in Jalalabad.
One year ago, the music label ACT Music released the new album of Polish jazz singer Natalia Mateo, entitled "Heart of Darkness". The singer, who lives in Berlin, has been going from strength to strength.
Fritz Stern, who advised an ambassador and taught German history to international audiences, has died. He passed away at age 90 in New York, the city where his family had lived since leaving Nazi Germany.
The "Islamic State" group has stepped up its suicide-bombing campaign on Baghdad. For many Iraqis it's become a common occurrence - but young people are trying to get on with their lives as Judit Neurink found out.
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