There are just a handful of countries around the world that give equal rights to same-sex couples, and many of them are in Europe. The UK and France have recently passed equal marriage legislation through their parliaments - though these bills have caused considerable controversy and led to heated public debate. Meanwhile, Germany mulls strengthening equal rights for gay couples.
Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal already allow gay marriage - though the situation further east in Europe is very different. Societies there are much less willing to recognize homosexuality, and gay couples sometimes fighting for basic human rights. DW looks at the issues facing same-sex couples across the continent.
Kreshnik B. is the first 'Islamic State' fighter to stand trial in a German court. He wants to testify and is hoping for a lenient sentence. But in Frankfurt's Higher Regional Court, he talked his way into trouble.
France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones spotted over several of its nuclear plants. The incident has reignited the debate about nuclear safety.
Nigerian gunmen have freed a German citizen whom they kidnapped almost a week ago, according to the construction company the man works for. Another German employee was killed in last week's raid.
A French town has banned clowns older than 13 this Halloween. The decision follows a series of incidents nationwide in which scary scamps have spooked children and, in several cases, assaulted people.