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
Catalonia will hold a referendum on its independence from Spain next November. Many feel the region would have weathered recession better if it had not transferred tax revenue to poorer parts of Spain. Go to article
North Korea has executed Jang Song-Thaek, uncle to 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 government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has signed a peace deal with M23rebels in Nairobi. The deal seeks to end an insurgency that began in 2012. 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
Austria's long-running grand coalition uniting the conservative People's Party and the Social Democrats will stand for another five-year term. The government pledged a continuation of its "successful course." Go to article
Bangladesh has executed a high-ranking opposition politician, Abdul Quader Mollah, hours after his Supreme Court appeal attempt was thrown out. The Islamist had been convicted of war crimes committed in 1971. 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
The wife of former German President Christian Wulff has given testimony in the corruption case that forced her husband from office in 2012. He faces bribery charges for allegedly accepting gifts from a movie producer. Go to article
Relegation-threatened Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt have had no problem racking up Europa League points. Amin Veh's heavily-rotated team beat APOEL Nicosia 2-0 thanks to a pair of fringe players. Go to article
After a year of policy disagreements between the US and Russia, turmoil in Ukraine could test their relationship again. Initially the two sides showed restraint, but now the tone is becoming sharper.
Russian media reports present a distorted picture of ongoing events in the Ukrainian capital.
The EU said it would not engage in a bidding war against Moscow for closer relations with Ukraine.
The US says it's considering sanctions on Ukraine after crackdowns on demonstrators.
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.
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.
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.
France's high social protections are hurting the country's competitiveness, some say.
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.
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.
The US budget conflict takes a surprising turn: Democrats and Republicans have quietly agreed on a budget plan. But the real problems are just being postponed, financial expert Stan Collender told DW.
The Taliban views interpreters who served the US military as traitors. Thousands of translators now fear for their lives at home in Afghanistan, while they wait in vain for residence visas promised to them by the US.
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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