The constituent assembly of Germany's Bundestag has taken place in Berlin. President Joachim Gauck has formally dismissed the outgoing government - which stays on in a caretaker capacity.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's funeral plans have become subject to controversy after his widow tried to bar Chancellor Angela Merkel from speaking at the memorial. She said, however, she was trying to honor his wishes.
Veteran Green parliamentarian and lawyer Hans-Christian Ströbele has ruled out running for another four years in the Bundestag. He follows several other federal politicians who've decided not to run in 2017.
Bundestag president Norbert Lammert has praised the country's "sober" reaction following the Berlin attack, in which 12 people died and around 50 injured. The attack spurred debate around Germany's security apparatus.
Those sterilized and killed by doctors in Nazi Germany have been the focus of a moving ceremony in the German parliament. Relatives of victims told harrowing stories of how their family members were put to death.
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