North Korea has executed Jang Song Thaek, uncle of the country's leader Kim Jong Un. The announcement comes just days after Pyongyang confirmed Jang was dismissed from his office for "criminal acts." Go to article
The EU's Catherine Ashton has said Ukraine still plans to sign an association agreement. The European Parliament has advocated sending a special delegation to the troubled country to broker talks. Go to article
UN experts have said chemical weapons were likely used in four other attacks besides an incident already confirmed in Damascus from August. There was no mention in the final report of who carried out the attacks. Go to article
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has signed a peace deal with M23 rebels in Nairobi. The deal seeks to end an insurgency that began in 2012. Go to article
Germany’s Social Democrat party has begun counting votes after it held a referendum asking its members whether to join Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new grand coalition. The final count is expected late Saturday. Go to article
Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have passed a compromise budget deal that would see the country avoid a government shutdown for the next two years. The agreement is now in the hands of the US Senate. Go to article
In Nairobi and across the country, Kenya has celebrated 50 years of independence, with national leaders praising progress made since 1963. Britain had ruled Kenya since 1895. Go to article
An EU law requiring companies to log telecommunications data for law enforcement breaches rights, an advocate-general of Europe's top court has said. Germany in particular had challenged the Data Retention Directive. Go to article
Freiburg have become the second Bundesliga side eliminated from European competition, losing out on the last night of Europa League group phase action. Frankfurt, already through to the last 32, won again at home. Go to article
Surrounded by riot police, although more for there protection, supporters of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych are also demonstrating in Kyiv. They say they also want Europe, but not just now.
Russian media reports present a distorted picture of ongoing events in the Ukrainian capital.
After a year of US-Russian disputes, turmoil in Ukraine could test their ties again.
Ukrainian protesters continue demonstrating and have reinforced their barricades.
The Arctic is heating up, both climatically and militarily. But experts differ in their views on whether the region, with its vast shipping opportunities and energy resources, could become the site of the next Cold War.
Bulgarians and Romanians will be allowed to work across the EU as of January 2014. Many will head to Germany - a choice that carries risks and opportunities for both sides.
Afghanistan's future may depend on how the country copes after the withdrawal of international troops. Some Afghans are arming themselves with German university degrees - with the goal of returning to rebuild their home.
Young German politicians dislike plans for a grand coalition, but know they'll have to accept it.
The circumcision law was meant as a fair solution, but critics say children are not protected.
France's high social protections are hurting the country's competitiveness, some say.
As people in Britain throng the high streets hunting for Christmas presents, critics of the government’s claims of a solid recovery warn the economic upswing is not as solid as the Chancellor claims.
Naoto Kan, who was Japanese PM when the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake hit and crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, remains in politics but has only one aim now: to see every last atomic energy plant shut down.
China, Japan and South Korea are consolidating their territorial claims over islands in the East China Sea by setting up new air defense zones. Expert Stefan Talmon examines their legality under international law.
Kenyans marked half a century of independence from Britain on Thursday, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.
The US budget conflict has taken a surprising turn with Democrats and Republicans quietly agreeing to plan. But the real problems are just being postponed, financial expert Stan Collender told DW.
The Volcker rule, approved by US regulators this week, aims to rein in risky trading practices at US banks. Some consider it the biggest milestone in financial regulation since 1933, some say it's worse than nothing.
Small loans to start-up businesses have helped many people in developing countries to grow out of poverty. As microcredit financing becomes popular in advanced economies, its downsides raise some questions.
Will British Prime Minister David Cameron's G8 "Dementia Summit" proposals be enough to meet the disease head on? DW talks to Dr. Simon Ridley of leading research charity, Alzheimers Research UK.
The birth of every third child under the age of five has never been officially registered, a new UNICEF report says. These minors often have no access to education or health care, and are easy prey for human traffickers.
The EU is expected to release a long-awaited review of its policies on air pollution before the end of the year. But experts aren't optimistic that change can be implemented ahead of EU elections in 2014.
From the stage to the screen to the political arena, Christoph Schlingensief was provocative. Three years after his death, a long-awaited exhibition of his work has opened in Berlin.
Call it Central European soul food. As the mercury falls, Berliners seek out restaurants serving traditional food to pack on a few pounds for the winter. Old-school cuisine has the stuff to become a big new trend.
For Genda, music is a means to convey peace. He chats in the Pulse studio about being inspired by a woman carrying a bucket in Sierra Leone and the danger of turning people like Nelson Mandela into commodities.
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