Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a respected theologian and one of John Paul II's most trusted advisors, was appointed the Catholic Church's 265th pope. Benedict XVI, as he is now called, represents for many in the Church an attempt to restore conservative values and traditions. For others, especially those critical of the Church's standing on issues such as AIDS, women and gay marriage, the new pope reflects a turning-away from the needs and interests of a modern society.
DW-WORLD takes a look at the new pope's background, the first to come from Germany in 500 years, his rise through the Catholic Church, the issues he stands for and the criticism surrounding him.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris closed to the public on Friday because staff are increasingly worried about pickpockets. They say thieves regularly harass and insult workers and tourists.
Amnesty International has released a report detailing war crimes perpetrated by pro-Kyiv and pro-Russia forces. The report details summary killings, mock executions and torture on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine.
The German state is undermining constitutional civil rights, according to a report by eight civil rights groups in Germany. No lessons had been learned two years after the Snowden revelations, it claims.
What's it really like at one of those fancy Cannes receptions? DW film critic Hans Christoph von Bock put on his best suit and dove into the celebrity chaos. He also investigated why German film isn't getting noticed.