After fervent speculation on whether he would run again, Germany's President Joachim Gauck confirms he will not seek a second term. Observers expressed regret at his decision.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, at least for the time being. The decision comes in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate.
Angela Merkel says a deal for Britain to leave the European Union is still possible. But, the German chancellor says, not enough progress has been made on central issues and an agreement is not inevitable.
A push to establish an independent Ukrainian Orthodox church has also prompted Russian Orthodox bishops in Germany to "temporarily" quit a joint episcopate council. Their departure follows patriarchal orders from Moscow.
More than five years after it began, a trial against members of a neo-Nazi group must restart from the very beginning. The case was provisionally closed because it ran so long, the presiding judge went into retirement.
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