Germany's economy, the largest in Europe, grew by just 0.1 per cent in the second quarter of the year, despite expected growth of 0.5 per cent. Eurozone growth overall was 0.2 per cent, matching that of the UK and Spain, with France's GDP failing to rise.
Police in Delhi arrested the leading social activist Anna Hazare, who was preparing to start a fast in protest against a proposed anti-corruption law. More than 1,300 supporters of his Gandhi-inspired national campaign against government bribery and fraud were also detained on 16 August.
The Netherlands is returning £87m to the Libyan people from their nation's frozen assets. The Dutch foreign minister, Uri Rosenthal, said that Libyan money inside Dutch bank accounts had been given to the World Health Organisation and would be spent on medicines and hospitals.
4. Middle East
At least 61 civilians and security force members were killed on 15 August in a co-ordinated series of bombings by insurgents in more than a dozen cities across Iraq. The explosions came a fortnight after the government announced plans to negotiate a US military presence in the country beyond the planned troop withdrawal deadline of 31 December.
5. North America
Eighty-one members of the US House of Representatives are visiting Israel as guests of a charity that is affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group. The trip, by a fifth of the House, is the largest of its kind ever made during a single recess.
6. Latin America
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, president of Argentina, won the country's first national primary with 50 per cent of the vote. A victory in the general election in October would secure a second term for Kirchner, who is a member of the left-of-centre Justicialist Party.
Royal Dutch Shell located a second, smaller oil leak at an offshore platform in the North Sea, following an initial spill that, since 10 August, has discharged 1,300 barrels (216 tonnes) of oil to the east of Aberdeen. This is the biggest spill in UK waters for a decade. At its peak, the surface oil sheen extended 18 miles from the rig.
Police in Essex charged a man under the Serious Crime Act 2007, for allegedly sending BlackBerry messages encouraging people to join in a water fight. The statement of arrest appeared on the force's website, under the headline: "Police reassure residents they are working to keep county safe".
French and British biologists solved the mystery of the seven wing patterns of a Brazilian butterfly species. A defence "supergene" allows the Heliconius numata to mimic other species of butterfly in its environment.
The French designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel spied for the Nazis during the Second World War, a new biography by Hal Vaughan claims. Sleeping With the Enemy also alleges that Chanel was "fiercely" anti-Semitic