Amnesty International claims to have found powerful evidence of systematic ethnic cleansing by the "Islamic State" jihadist group. Meanwhile, the United Nations has opted to send a team to investigate alleged atrocities.
Ukrainian rebels have taken control of a strategic airport, with Kyiv's troops in retreat. Ukraine's defense minister said Russia was responsible for the militants' recent advances and warned of a major conflict.
Washington has called on North Korea to release three detained US citizens, citing "humanitarian concern." The men all appeared in interviews with Western media, and appealed for more help from US officials.
Pro-Russian rebels negotiating with mediators in Belarus have said they were willing to forego full independence from Ukraine in exchange for autonomy. The talks are scheduled to resume later in the week.
A member of the Bavarian state cabinet, Christine Haderthauer, has resigned over fraud investigations related to a so-called "model car affair." The state's premier has accepted her resignation.
The United Nations' human rights watchdog has agreed to investigate abuses committed by "Islamic State" militants in Iraq. The international body has said the jihadists' activities amount to international crimes.
German carmaker Volkswagen is expecting the go-ahead for a factory in Thailand, newspaper reports have claimed. The company aims to strengthen its position in markets with enormous growth prospects.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined a new plan to tighten anti-terror measures in the UK. It includes giving police temporary power to seize passports of suspected Iraq and Syria-bound Islamist fighters.
On September 1, 1939, German troops under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime launched an attack on Poland. The countries’ presidents have come together 75 years later in commemoration of the event that marked the start of WWII.
Pakistan’s government has said it considering selective use of force against protestors in the capital Islamabad. The demonstrators have been demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.
Russian and Chinese leaders have celebrated the symbolic start to the construction of what they say will be the world's largest pipeline. The bilateral gas supply network is to start operating by 2019.
In his first state visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met with a kindred spirit, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe. The two leaders, wary of China's glowing clout in Asia, have agreed to strengthen defense ties.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her military aid plan to northern Iraq. However, her critics accuse her not only of a poorly-timed announcement, but also going against Germany’s anti-war stance.
Ministry and state offices in Tripoli have been seized by armed militias. The loss of control comes just days after the country's interim government resigned, following the creation of a rival Islamist administration.
Turkey's government has launched a renewed crackdown on police in connection with an alleged attempt to oust Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. It's the latest in a series of police purges.
Turkey has summoned the top US diplomat in Ankara. Over the weekend, Germany’s Spiegel reported that the United States had spied on its NATO ally.
Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the Luhansk airport and a nearby village after coming under artillery fire. Fresh talks between Russian and Ukranian representatives are underway in Minsk.
South Africa's president will meet Lesotho's prime minister to resolve an impasse in the small mountain kingdom. Over the weekend, soldiers launched an apparent coup in Lesotho.
The center-right Christian Democrats have won the election in Saxony, but will need a partner to form a government. They have ruled out a coalition with the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany.
German state coffers are bulging with cash as councils and social security logged their biggest surpluses in more than a decade. The achievement is doubtful, however, as it came at the expense of investment and growth.
Rebels continue to clash with Syrian troops in the Golan Heights. Al Qaeda-linked fighters took a border crossing to Israel from Syrian soldiers last week and are currently holding dozens of UN peacekeepers hostage.
More than half of British companies want to re-negotiate their relationship with the European Union, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). But most do not favor a withdrawal from the bloc.
An "immediate ceasefire, without conditions" must be the top priority at talks in Minsk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged. He also said there would be "no military intervention" by Russia in Ukraine.
Protesters have relinquished control of Pakistan’s national television broadcaster. Thousands armed with rocks and sticks have marched toward the official residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to force him to resign.
A man has killed at least three people after stabbing eight children and one teacher at a primary school in eastern China. The man is said to have jumped to his death from a fourth-floor window after the attack.
Consumers will no longer be able to buy high-powered vacuum cleaners in September. EU policymakers estimate the measures will save families not only energy, but also billions of euros, while keeping their houses clean.
Workers represented by the German train drivers' union have gone on strike in a dispute over salaries. Talks between the national railway operator and the unions that represent its employees collapsed in August.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is to address parliament to explain a decision to supply German weapons to Kurdish forces fighting "IS" militants in Iraq. The decision marks a major policy shift and is not universally popular.
Ceremonies are being held to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. This comes at a time of heightened concerns about security among the European Union's eastern states in particular.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have won the election in the eastern state of Saxony, but they will need a new coalition partner to govern.The anti-euro AfD is set to enter a state assembly for the first time.
Israel has announced plans to expropriate 400 hectares of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank. The move to seize the land comes days after both sides agreed to a ceasefire.
Germany's anti-euro party has won its first state parliament seats following elections in Saxony. However, the ruling CDU conservatives will now need to find a new coalition partner.
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have vowed to embark on a campaign of civil disobedience, after Beijing announced rules giving it control over candidates in the territory's next leadership election.
Thailand's coup leader and newly appointed premier Prayuth Chan-ocha has received royal endorsement for his cabinet. The junta chief has awarded top posts to senior military officials.
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