With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
The German federal government agreed on new guidelines for data retention. In the future, the connection data of telephone calls and online traffic should be kept up to ten weeks. The opposition is outraged.
Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fourth successive pole of the season in Bahrain. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg came third behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
With three weeks to go before the UK general election, the leaders of the five main opposition parties took part in a final live TV debate. A snap poll gave Ed Miliband a win, just ahead of Nicola Sturgeon for the SNP.
The Scottish National Party could deliver a major upset in May's UK election, essentially making a Labour majority impossible but possibly forcing them into a coalition with the SNP. Peter Geoghegan reports from Annan.