The number of confirmed cases in Germany passed the three-million mark as federal and state politicians struggled to agree on tougher coronavirus rules.
Bavarian leader Markus Söder and Merkel loyalist Armin Laschet have both thrown their hats in the ring to run as the conservative bloc's candidate for German chancellor.
"We the survivors are fading away but I hope that this process of remembrance will continue, said Alex Hacker, who was a prisoner at the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp.
The AfD is holding a two-day congress this weekend ahead of Germany's September federal election, which will mark the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel's era.
German state of Bavaria has negotiated 'preliminary contract' for 2.5 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
"We must all pull together, my dear fellow Germans," urged President Frank Walter Steinmeier in a rare televised address on Saturday.
The surprise defeat leaves Germany languishing in third in Group J.
Two key things make this election remarkable: Chancellor Angela Merkel is bowing out after 16 years in office and, perhaps even more significantly, the fact that no one can really predict what is going to happen now after years of certainty.
Chancellor Merkel was due to relax restrictions at a meeting with regional leaders on Monday but a surge in infections has upended those plans.
A long-awaited report into abuse in the Catholic church in Cologne found hundreds of children have been sexually abused since 1975, with high-ranking officials neglecting their duties to report cases.
Employees have “reported incidents of abuse of power, bullying, verbal violence and sexual harassment.”
A former rebel fighter recounts why Syrians decided to pick up arms against the forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime, 10 years ago.