After an era where it was cool to be stingy, more and more Germans are discovering the joy of giving. Psychologist say altruism is the 'formula for happiness' and researchers are already calling it the latest trend.
More police, as well as barriers and admittance controls - security is tighter than ever at this year's Oktoberfest in Munich. Yet visitors are relaxed, as Felicitas Wilke observes.
The German pharmaceutical giant has sweetened its buyout deal for Monsanto, which turned down an earlier offer. Bayer has added three dollars more per share, and it has its cash ready if the massive deal is accepted.
Northern Ireland's assembly voted in favor of same-sex marriage but it was vetoed by the ruling party. The country remains the only part of the United Kingdom where civil marriage is not legal.
Scientists around the world expressed their joy on social media after researchers in the US announced they had discovered gravitational waves. Predicted by Einstein a century ago, they had never been observed before.
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