German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for reforms to EU treaties and has hit back at Brussels for its criticism of electricity subsidies in Germany. The speech was her first since her third term began. Go to article
Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been charged with conspiring with foreign organizations to commit acts of terrorism, prosecutors have announced. He has also been accused of divulging military secrets. Go to article
Ukrainian Prime Minister Azarov has praised Moscow's $15-billion loan to Kyiv, calling it a guarantee for Ukraine to avoid economic collapse. The deal has not impressed protesters, who have continued mass demonstrations. Go to article
The European Commission has threatened to take legal action against Italy over its treatment of migrants. This comes as a video showing apparent mistreatment of migrants causes outrage in Europe. Go to article
Russia's State Duma has approved an amnesty that may prompt the freeing of two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and 30 detained Greenpeace activists. The vote in favor was unanimous. Go to article
The media freedom watchdog Reporters without Borders has noted a decrease in number of journalists killed across the world in the course of duty. But it says the toll is still high compared with previous years. Go to article
The EU executive says it is starting a probe into Germany's system of subsidized electricity for big companies to clarify whether it violates competition rules. It is also probing British aid for a planned nuclear plant. Go to article
Spain's central bank has released fresh figures revealing that the eurozone nation's lenders have been unable so far to keep the amount of bad loans from rising steadily. The ratio has reached a new all-time high. Go to article
The party of Mali's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and its allies have won the country's recent parliamentary elections, according to provisional results. The polls marked Mali's complete return to democracy. Go to article
Germany is marking what would have been the 100th birthday of the first Social Democratic chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Politicians will gather for a ceremony at his grave later on Wednesday. Go to article
Willy Brandt fought against Hitler and the fascists in Europe; he helped to reconcile East and West and he worked to bring industrial and developing countries together. Willy Brandt had a vision of a fairer world.
A German pastor tries to ease tensions between riot police and protesters who have clashed just outside his church in Kyiv's government quarter. He and his flock are there to help with prayers, soup and sandwiches.
Protests continue in Ukraine as the country has become a center of geopolitical jockeying between the EU and Russia. Moscow and Brussels accuse each other of putting undue pressure on Kyiv to force tighter ties.
Soldiers with immigrant backgrounds make up a good proportion of the German army. But the Bundeswehr finds it hard to shake off a reputation for racism, even though it sees fighting racism as a priority.
Chancellor Merkel's political style has proved successful; now it will be tested yet more.
The SPD's Aydan Özoguz is the first politician of Turkish origin to hold a top post in Germany.
Moldova is Europe's poorest country according to the UN's Human Development Index. Life in rural areas is marred by poverty and hardship, but it's just signed a new EU trade agreement, so could life be looking up?
Europeans express expectations of the German agenda as a new government takes office in Berlin.
Sporadic gunfire continued to ring out in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Tuesday, with the military claiming to have "cleared out" remnants of a faction of soldiers accused of mounting a coup.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting up a network of Asian partners aimed at countering China's influence on the continent. The Southeast Asian association ASEAN has now sided with Japan.
A US federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's collection of telephone data violated a fundamental principle of the US Constitution. It's a groundbreaking decision, says ACLU attorney Patrick Toomey.
Tunisia is the cradle of the Arab Spring, but three years after the uprising began, the political transformation process has come to a standstill - with serious consequences for the people and the economy.
The preliminary deal between Iran and the West over the former's nuclear ambitions has paved the way - possibly - for a better future. Until then, Iranians will have to cope with the impact of Western sanctions.
For democracy, the new grand coalition in Germany is not a day of joy, says DW's Bettina Marx.
Legal or not? A new Russian-European pipeline project has come to a screeching halt after intervention by the EU commission. To break an unlawful monopoly, it says - out of political motivation, say others.
Slipping through the fingers of central banks and regulators, Bitcoins are pouring into Americans' virtual wallets. The Fed chairman and US Senate are paying attention. So, too, are beer drinkers in New York.
Global food scandals are becoming more and more common. To make food safer, scientists say you need to know where it comes from. A lab in Hamburg has the machines for the job.
Wikipedia has been trying to allow Africans to access its mobile site for free via its Wikipedia Zero program. Millions throughout the continent stand to benefit - but Africa's high-priced telcos are slow to react.
Young farmers in eastern Germany are scrambling to find land as the demand for regional and organic products grows. But they can't seem to gain ground as they compete with large multinationals for farmland.
Can the indigenous Nama in South Africa stop their home from turning into a desert?
In Buenos Aires, ads for prostitutes can be found on most street corners. But the women for sale are often there against their will. Jerónimo Velez is one of very few Argentine men who is fighting sex trafficking.
Where the coca plant and drug mafia once ruled, one region in Peru has introduced sustainable cocoa farming. Former drug farmers have become experts on organic production and fair trade.
Two 20-somethings in Germany have launched krauselocke.de, the country's first online portal with an Afro-German perspective. For many in the community, it's more than hair advice - it's a roadmap to identity.
He sums up sex, drugs and rock and roll. The Rolling Stones guitarist turns 70 on December 18.
Rolling Stone magazine votes Nick Cave's record, "Push the Sky Away," as the best album of 2013.
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