German federal prosecutors called on Wednesday for a self-confessed cannibal to be sentenced to a life jail term as an appeal against his original verdict began. Armin Meiwes, 43, was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail in January last year after being found guilty of manslaughter in a trial that fascinated and appalled Germany. The trial judges rejected prosecution calls for a murder conviction, which would have carried a life term of 15 years. Germany's highest judicial court is now to decide whether his sentence should be upgraded or whether there should be a retrial.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced talks in Switzerland to discuss the ongoing Ukraine fighting and an Iran nuclear deal. The meeting with Russia comes after Kerry accused Moscow of lying to his face.
A man who appeared in videos as the "Islamic State" executioner has been identified as a privileged middle-class Brit. His background dispels the myth that poor migrants are drawn to extremism, says expert Paul Beaver.
European rules have always been somewhat flexible, but they are supposed to apply to all countries. By treating big countries gently and small countries harshly, the EU strains its credibility, writes DW's Barbara Wesel.