The European Commission's new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has survived a no confidence vote in Strasbourg. It comes as the latest political storm in Juncker's term, which began earlier this month.
Kim Jong Un's little sister has assumed a senior position in North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. The announcement is being seen as an attempt to consolidate a third generation of Kim family rule in the pariah state.
Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong has been banned from a flashpoint site on Kowloon Peninsula that has been cleared by police. Dozens more people face charges for their role in weeks of protests.
Following a resounding victory for pro-Western parties in October, Ukraine's new parliament has convened for the first time. It is set to select a prime minister and speaker.
Lower growth forecasts for Europe's biggest economy haven't kept Germany's jobless figures from sinking. The latest data for November marked a return to employment levels not seen in three years.
Police have released video footage showing the moment when an officer fatally shot an African-American boy who was carrying a toy gun in Cleveland, Ohio. It comes in the wake of racially-charged protests in Ferguson.
Refugees who had spent the night in trees after German police cleared their camp in Munich are now safely back on the ground. They are demanding the right to stay in Germany.
Greece's two biggest labor unions have begun a day-long strike, bringing short and long distance transportation to a halt. Stringent austerity measures, which threaten to intensify in 2015, prompted the work protest.
Toyota has announced an expansion of global recalls over faulty and potentially dangerous air bags made by Takata. US regulators had ratcheted up pressure on the embattled auto parts maker.
Afghan officials say several people have been killed and wounded in a suicide attack on a British embassy car in Kabul. The attack is the latest in a wave of bombings amid a withdrawal of foreign troops.
OPEC members are due to convene in Vienna for one of their most crucial meetings in years. A glutted market has seen a drop in earnings for the oil producer cartel, which is responsible for a third of the world's crude.
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died, two days after receiving serious head injuries during a domestic match in Sydney. He was 25.
Heavily armed police in the US town of Ferguson are working to prevent another night of violent protests. Scattered demonstrations have continued, however.
An Egyptian court has jailed 78 teenage boys for between two and five years over protesting in support of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. It's the latest in a long crackdown on Morsi supporters.
EU lawmakers are due to vote on a symbolic resolution to rein in the dominance of Google. The Internet search giant and Brussels are also clashing over the "right to be forgotten."
Ebola vaccine researchers say they are "encouraged" by the results of an initial clinical trial, in which volunteers developed antibodies needed to fight the virus. But the end product is still some time away.
Nearly everything that could possibly be said about a quota for women in German boardrooms has been said, but the remark that it's a "historic event" moved DW's Dagmar Engel to find time to write down her opinion.
Two equally stunning goals from Alexis Sanchez and Yaya Sanogo sealed a comfortable win for Arsenal against Dortmund on Matchday Five. It capped off a week to forget for Germany's Champions League teams.
Polio workers in Pakistan have demanded greater security before returning to work after gunmen murdered four vaccination team members. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio remains endemic.
Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato has resigned after her former husband was linked to a corruption scandal that involved the ruling People's Party. A judge had earlier accused her of benefiting from a bribery scandal.
Authorities have made new arrests in protests over the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict the officer accused of shooting teen Michael Brown. Several demonstrators have stormed City Hall in nearby St. Louis.
A Turkish court has banned reporting on a parliamentary probe into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers in Recep Tayyip Erdogan's previous cabinet. Turkey's opposition says the move protects "thieves."
United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos is to stand down from the role after four years. Amos has overseen aid operations in major flashpoints in the Middle East and Africa.
One of the largest refugee boats in recent months is headed for the island of Crete. The freighter Baris, carrying 700 people thought to be from Syria and Afghanistan, is being towed by a Greek frigate.
Police have arrested a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host on sexual assault charges. Jian Ghomeshi had been trying to sue the corporation for a multi-million dollar sum, alleging wrongful dismissal.
Cameroon has claimed that its military has freed 16 people from rebels from the Central African Republic. The army was said to have carried out a "special operation" to free the hostages, who included a Polish priest.
Michael Brown's mother says statements made by the white police officer who killed the unarmed black teenager have added "insult after injury." The officer Darren Wilson gave his side of the case in an interview.
US General Philip Breedlove, NATO's top military chief has warned that Russia still has enough troops on Ukraine's border to carry out an incursion across the region. Moscow has also deployed 14 military jets to Crimea.
European leaders allocated six billion euros to a "Youth Employment Initiative" at a Brussels summit in June 2013. Everyone agreed the problem was urgent. Why has little of the money been spent yet?
Lebanese diva Sabah, one of the Arab world's most celebrated entertainers, has died at the age of 87. During a career spanning several decades, she became best known for her Egyptian film roles and Lebanese folksongs.
Shares in the British travel company Thomas Cook have plunged on the surprising news that its chief executive would be stepping down. CEO Harriet Green said she had accomplished her mission and that it was time to go.
A rare copy of Shakespeare plays spent hundreds of years hiding in a public library in a small town in northern France before it was noticed. The 1623 volume is seen as one of the most valuable books in the world.
A gunman has left one person dead and another three injured before shooting himself during an attack at a seniors' residential care home in the western German town of Hamm. The motive is not yet known.
The leaders of Germany's opposition have taken aim at the oft-touted victories of Chancellor Merkel's government. The grand coalition is making bad decisions, which will harm Germany's future, they say.
The Rafah border crossing to Gaza will be opened temporarily, Egyptian officials have said. More than 3,500 Palestinians have been stranded in Egypt since the crossing was closed following a suicide attack in October.
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