A fire at a mixed-use building in the southwestern town of Backnang has killed a mother and seven children. Police suspect a faulty wood-burning stove may have set off the blaze.
After California's deadliest wildfires, the US president made a tour of the area. Thousands of firefighters are working to contain the fire as survivors stay in temporary shelters, tents or their cars.
The conservative politician left politics in 2009 after a protracted battle with the German chancellor. Now he will vie to replace her at the top of the CDU. Although they share a party, he and Merkel are poles apart.
Less than a month after a mother and her three children died in a fire, a hundred firefighters tackled another blaze in the same Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers. The cause of the apartment fire is not yet known.
Local French authorities reported that two buildings have collapsed in the port city of Marseille. At least two people were injured, with pictures showing several fire crews at the scene.
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