Voting is drawing to close in the Scottish independence referendum, with turnout said to be high and the polling showing the vote on a knife's edge. Both the "Yes" and "No" campaigns appeared confident. Go to article
President Petro Poroshenks says Ukraine is on the "forefront of the global fight for democracy." Ukraine has beefed up defenses in the east, where a nearly two-week ceasefire with separatists is looking shaky.
Vladimir Putin has said the EU and the US had violated the principles of the World Trade Organization by imposing sanctions. A number of countries have implemented trade embargos over the war with Ukraine.
The "Islamic State" has made a rapid advance on one of Syria's largest Kurdish towns, with thousands of civilians fleeing towards nearby Turkey. Meanwhile, the group has released a new video of a British hostage.
More than 2,600 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak. The virus has so far infected at least 5,300 people in West Africa since early this year.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for peace on the shared border with China. The remarks come amid a flare-up of tensions on the border and during a visit by the Chinese president.
Houthi fighters have infiltrated another area near the capital city, according to officials. The Shiite rebel group has staged mass demonstrations for months, demanding the resignation of the government.
Torture is routinely used by Nigeria's police and soldiers, says Amnesty International in a new report that documents horrifying acts of brutality which largely go unpunished.
Palwasha Tokhi, a former employee of the German armed forces in northern Afghanistan, has been stabbed to death in her home. Many others who work for Western organizations in the country also face death threats.
Countries at an international whaling conference have voted against Japan's plans to resume scientific whaling, and increase their scrutiny of the controversial practice. Japan plans to go ahead despite the backlash.
German cyclist Jens Voigt has covered 51.115 kilometers in an hour at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. The German bettered the previous mark of 49.7 km set by Ondrej Sosenka of the Czech Republic in 2005 in Moscow.
Germany has a president who is not afraid to tackle hot-button issues, says DW's Ralf Bosen.
If the Scots vote 'yes,' it could be a huge boost for other independence movements around Europe. Maybe even for separatists in the southern German state of Bavaria.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York on 23 September. UN’s climate chief Christiana Figueres told DW what she expects.
Shoppers have come to expect standard, blemish-free fruit and veggies, but that is not how they grow. Those that don't make the grade end in the bin, but a movement in France is aiming to change that.
Wolfsburg failed to open their Europa League account after losing 4-1 on the opening matchday against Everton.
We're halfway through Joachim Gauck's tenure as German president. Does he get involved in day-to-day politics too much? Or does he say exactly the right things at the right time? DW's Ralf Bosen has no doubt.
An increasing number of jihadists are leaving Germany for Syria and Iraq, where some are killing innocent civilians. There are interesting parallels between them and neo-Nazis, says DW's Kersten Knipp.
Up to nine Germans have carried out suicide bombings for the "Islamic State" terror group this year, a German research team reports. Berlin is weighing its response amid fears that the number could continue to grow.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has maintained that he would prefer to find asylum in a democratic country. Could Switzerland secure his passage out of Russian exile?
The northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv prepares for a possible invasion of pro-Russian separatists despite the ceasefire in the neighboring Luhansk and Donetsk region. That includes fortifying the border with Russia.
There’s been a political earthquake in Sweden this week, because the anti-immigration Swedish Democrats more than doubled their support from four years ago, when they first entered parliament, and secured 13 percent of the vote. So what now for Sweden, the country with Europe’s most generous immigration policies? Lars Bevanger reports from Stockholm.
Tipping is a common practice in many countries around the world. Here in Europe, it's not as automatic and generous as in the US. In France, it's long been the done thing to tip waiters in cafés and restaurants. But a survey just published shows this tradition is dying out. John Laurenson has been finding out more in Paris.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced a special mission to combat the spread of Ebola, deploying staff to the worst-affected states. Sierra Leone is among the hardest-hit countries in West Africa. The government there is going to exteme lengths to try to beat it.
At least five UN peacekeepers have been killed in northern Mali by an explosive. In addition, three were wounded.
Since Ebola first emerged in Guinea in March, the virus has spread to other countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. According to the World Health Organization, more than 2,500 have died.
While the global use of lead has decreased, paint sold across Asia still contains excessive levels of the toxic substance. Meanwhile, awareness of the risks and health consequences from lead exposure remains inadequate.
Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai is an international celebrity. She delivers lectures on girls' right to education all over the world. But there is one place she can't visit: her home country, Pakistan.
Ilham Tohti, a well-known Uighur and a moderate critic of Beijing's policy towards the country's Muslim minority, is on trial in China on charges of "separatism." DW has a look at the scholar's life.
US cheerleaders ‘Buffalo Jills’ are fighting for fair wages for their public appearances. As their demand have yet to be met, the first Buffalo Bills game of the NFL season will kick off without pompoms or acrobats.
A group of European companies has launched an effort to create work for tens of thousands of jobless youngsters. The firms think young people's digital skills need to be tapped to overcome rampant unemployment.
As online fashion retailer Zalando has started selling shares to private investors, parent company Rocket Internet also goes public ''later in 2014''. The companies' young owners stand to become overnight billionaires.
Europe's top court has ruled that airlines are within their rights to charge passengers for checked luggage. The decision overturns a Spanish ban that runs contrary to European Union law.
The EU's "mature democracies" rank low globally in terms of government transparency. But a new Freedom of Information Act in Italy promises to make the country an open data pioneer in Europe.
The Jenner Institute has begun human trials for a candidate Ebola vaccine, which could be rolled out as early as this coming January. The institute's Adrian Hill tells DW what needs to be achieved before that can happen.
Think a handshake represents a friendly, professional way of greeting? Think again. Hand-shaking is a major way of spreading disease in Western cultures.
US researchers have developed a magnetic device that fishes bacteria, viruses and toxins out of the blood. It could help treat life-threatening diseases like sepsis and even Ebola.
When DW commissioned a piece from Turkish composer Tolga Yayalar for his country's Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra, he saw the 2013 Gezi Park protests as a natural source of inspiration.
Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most famous German athletes in the world. A new documentary film shows how a tall kid from a small German city became a superstar in the United States.
John F. Kennedy called himself one, but what really makes a Berliner? DW's Stuart Braun drifts into a protest march in his adopted city and discovers that, here, outsiders can be insiders.
Two special guests join Pulse this week in the studio: The producers of the up and coming electronic performance group "Schattenspiel." They explain how they combine their own electronic dance music with live acoustic instruments and a complex visual performance on stage to take their audience on a special journey.
Despite taking the lead, Borussia Mönchengladbach drew 1-1 in their opening game of the 2014/15 Europa League after a disappointing performance in the second half.
Former Bundesliga-winning coach Felix Magath has been relieved of his duties at Fulham. Having failed to save the club from relegation from English football's top tier, he started this season with a string of losses.
On Friday morning, UEFA will decide on which cities will host which games in the EURO 2020 tournament. Ahead of the vote, there are plenty of questions that still need to be answered though.
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