The Catholic Church in Ireland may be facing yet another major scandal involving children: 796 babies and toddlers were buried in a mass grave outside a home for unmarried mothers, run by Catholic nuns.
A local researcher has discovered the names and the causes of death of 796 children buried at Tuam, County Galway. The revelation has caused widespread revulsion in Ireland and across the world.
However, there has also been some anger in Tuam as residents have criticized the sensationalism surrounding the story.
A German long-haul trucker has been sentenced to ten-and-a-half years in prison for a series of shooting attacks on vehicles using the motorway. One driver was badly wounded by a ricocheting bullet.
A German advance mission has been dispatched to Iraq to scope out the potential for Germany to expand training of peshmerga forces. Germany has already sent weapons to aid the Kurds in the battle against "IS" militants.
The number of jobless Germans dropped further than expected in October, reaching its lowest level since November 2011. The robust German labor market appears to defy mounting worries about the health of the economy.
A comedian might say it's his job to make fun of everything and everybody under the sun - the more wicked, the better. In Germany, a debate has broken out after a Muslim citizen filed suit over a comedian's jokes.