It's been 20 years since East and West Germany reunified, but the terms "typically Ossi" and "typically Wessi" are still bandied about. We've selected some of the most common cliches.
Two German police experts have been sent to France to help identify victims of last week's Air Algerie plane crash in Mali. Their remains are to be brought to France where flags are flying a half-mast.
Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized to Borussia Dortmund after an online video showed him ridiculing Bayern's rivals. A BVB player has also spoken out.
Australia and the Netherlands have decided against deploying troops to secure the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, opting instead to send an unarmed police team. But access to the site is difficult in an active war zone.