Airstrikes carried out by the US and Arab allies on positions of the jihadist group "Islamic State" have caused heavy casualties, a monitoring group says. Damascus says it was informed of the operation. Go to article
The Israeli army says it has shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan Heights. Military sources say the incident is the first of its kind in three decades.
The two Palestinian men who allegedly killed three Israeli teenagers in June have been shot dead in the West Bank. The teen murders escalated tensions which led to a nearly two-month war between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.
Germany's foreign ministry has confirmed the death of a German couple and their young child kidnapped five years ago in Yemen, a family spokesman says. The two had been working for an aid organization.
Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have started pulling back heavy artillery from the frontline. The step aims to establish a buffer zone agreed under a new truce deal.
The outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, will hand power over to his successor Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzi in a few days. Karzai used his goodbye speech to take a parting shot at the US and Pakistan.
A Chinese court has sentenced prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life in prison for "separatism." Rights groups have slammed the controversial trial as a "failure" of the justice system and demand Tohti's release.
Manufacturing and export orders in China have unexpectedly risen, confounding analysts' predictions. But the modest growth was not enough to dispel Beijing's fears of a weakening labor market.
The Dutch electronics giant Philips will soon split in two in order to cut costs. The company has already let go of some less profitable divisions in order to focus on higher-margin areas.
New York offers the world the chance to kick-start overdue climate action, writes DW's Irene Quaile.
The Erasmus program has given Europe a million babies. A study of the 27-year-old student exchange showed that over a quarter of people who took part had met their current life partner during their studies abroad.
The eurozone is issuing a new 10-euro bill on September 23. While the official design is set, a group of artists have presented their vision for the currency, rethinking the way we view money.
Can't get to the Wies'n this year? Here's everything you need to know about Oktoberfest in Munich - one of the world's largest beer celebrations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India shows that economic cooperation will allay political tension and competition between the two largest Asian rivals, writes DW columnist Frank Sieren.
Paul, a 25-year-old product designer, was bothered by all the returnable bottles he saw being thrown away. So he came up with a brilliant idea to help get the bottles and their cash deposits to those who need them. The idea is catching on, not only in Cologne, but across Germany.
German intelligence reports 24 minors from the country are fighting for 'Islamic State.' The youngest is said to be 13 years old. Islamic Studies scholar and activist Jochen Müller offers a glimpse into their mindset.
Despite bad weather, some one million people have visited the Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival, on its first weekend.
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has taken over the Cologne archdiocese, one of the richest in the world. He is determined to spread Pope Francis' message of charity and the importance of sharing.
Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russia separatists have created a buffer zone as part of a ceasefire agreement. Expert Joerg Forbrig tells DW that Kyiv now faces an unresolved, frozen conflict in its eastern region.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls' visit to Germany isn't an easy one given that Franco-German relations are strained to say the least. Ulrike Guerot calls for more understanding from Berlin.
For the first time in six months, opposition activists in Russia have called on people to join peace marches against Moscow's Ukraine policies and its propaganda machine. But there is little appetite for protest.
Sighs of relief all round in Brussels after Scotland's independence vote - but why, you may ask? Scotland has shown how independence movements can pay off for regions seeking more autonomy, writes DW's Max Hofmann.
Authorities in Sierra Leone say 130 new Ebola cases have been reported as part of a three-day lockdown, which ended on Monday. Officials hailed the unprecedented containment strategy as a success. As the death toll in West Africa approaches 3000, the World Health Organization reported that the deadly outbreak that's ravaged the region has now been mostly contained in Senegal and Nigeria.
Israel’s high court has condemned a detention facility for migrants from Africa. The country’s top judicial authority has ordered a desert camp closed within three months and banned new detentions for a year.
The people of Sierra Leone began emerging from their homes on Monday (22.09.2014) after a controversial nationwide three day lockdown aimed at stemming the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The majority of the German Bundeswehr navy's helicopter fleet is currently out of service. A recurring fault was found on "Sea Lynx" choppers currently being used for the EU's anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.
Canada and South Korea have signed a free trade agreement to ensure companies better access to each other's markets. The deal serves as a gateway for Canadian businesses into the Asia-Pacific region.
As Indian-controlled Kashmir reels from ravaging floods, India's disaster management authorities have come under fire yet again. Experts say that more efforts are required to minimize the impact of the future calamities.
Braving stifling heat, thousands of students took to the streets of Hong Kong to push for democratic reforms in a move which analyst Joseph Cheng views as reflecting the sentiment of many of the city's residents.
US-based CF Industries and Norway's Yara International have announced they are discussing "a potential merger of equals" to create a new group. The combined company would challenge market leader Potash from Canada.
In its latest assessment of gross financial resources in private households around the globe, German insurance group Allianz has found the world is getting richer again. The rise of the middle class is pivotal.
Deutsche Bank's co-chief executive, Jürgen Fitschen, again finds himself at the center of a lawsuit tied to a long-standing dispute over the collapse of a media empire.
Jenner Institute director Adrian Hill tells us about a novel Ebola vaccine human trial. Also: can consumer technology make us better people? And does protesting in a suit (on data protection) help win the argument?
Researchers are running human trials on a candidate Ebola vaccine, which, if successful, they hope to roll out by the end of this year in West Africa. Professor Adrian Hill, who heads the Jenner Institute and these trials, tells us more.
You may be obsessing over the advent of the Apple Watch (slated for next year). Perhaps you even believe it'll make you a better person. But some say such wearable tech will lead to more obsessive behavior than is not good.
The search for renewable energy to sustain our way of life has made use of the sun and the sea…and now also urine. Researchers have used urine to create small charges of electricity. So perhaps your toilet could soon power your home.
The German band The Fog Joggers became famous after one of their songs was featured in a popular beer commercial. Now they are playing booked out concerts. DW caught up with them at a show near their hometown to find out how they're building on their first big break.
Our reporter Annabelle Steffes was on location in Munich – these are her experiences from the opening weekend of the Wiesn.
Germans are known for their beer. On average, they drink more than 100 liters of it per person every year. But there are more than 5,000 different kinds of beer to choose from. So which brew do they like the best and where is the perfect spot to drink it? Pulse asked around.
Germans brew some of the best beer in the world, but it only comes in a few different varieties. That's because German beer making is still controlled by the oldest food regulation in the world - the German beer purity law, which says you can only use three ingredients when making beer: water, hops and malt. Beer sommelier Sophia Wenzel thinks the law is outdated and it’s time to spice things up.
Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member of the FIFA Executive Committee. The former head of the German football association thinks fans and players are at risk.
Blink and you'd miss it: the Bundesliga is back on again as Germany's top clubs face off in mid-week Tuesday and Wednesday action. DW sports' André Leslie gives his picks for the coming Bundesliga matches.
Sunday's matches were two very different animals: DW's Jefferson Chase looks at the question of rotation, the excellence of Wolfsburg's peerless left-back Ricardo Rodriguez and Cologne's destructive attitude.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton led the Singapore Grand Prix nearly from start to finish. The win means that he now tops the drivers' standings ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, who was forced to retire.
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