Thousands of babies and young girls worldwide undergo genital mutilation every day. Its devastating effects can include infection, incontinence and trauma. Even in Europe, 180,000 children are at risk.
UN humanitarian undersecretary Valerie Amos has demanded a halt to the violence in Gaza, saying "so many children" are among the more than 700 Palestinians killed. Israel says the toll among its troops has risen to 32.
The Netherlands observed a minute of silence to honor Dutch victims on flight MH17, which was apparently shot down over eastern Ukraine last week. Experts say identifying the crash's victims could take weeks.
The Dutch and Australian foreign ministers are to visit Kyiv to press for proper security at the Malaysian MH17 crash site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, so official probes can begin and remaining bodies repatriated.
After the downing of flight MH17, Russian President Vladimir Putin is under intense domestic and international pressure. Which way will he turn? William Pomeranz of the Wilson Center in Washington told DW what he thinks.
Athletes from 71 nations have begun the 20th Commonwealth Games in Scotland. A minute of the opening ceremony was dedicated in silence to victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster over Ukraine.
US authorities say an 89-year-old man who was a SS guard at Auschwitz in 1944 has died in Philadelphia while facing extradition to Germany for trial. Johann Breyer had been arrested in June.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has launched an offensive to reclaim territory from extremist Islamist group ISIS. The terrorist organization has also been fighting elsewhere in the Middle East, including Syria.
NATO's Anders Fogh Rasmussen tells DW that growing tensions with Russia have forced the alliance into a renewed rivalry.
Poland has confirmed its first ever cases of African swine fever in domestic pigs, a day after Latvia reacted to similar scares. Imports of Polish pork have already been banned by China, the world's biggest pig breeder.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says some progress has been made on a potential cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The UN has meanwhile approved a probe into Israel's Gaza offensive.
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The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into Israel's Gaza offensive. The high commissioner for human rights has said that Israel's airstrikes and military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes.
Rebels in the Central African Republic were due to sign a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday (23.07.2014). David Smith says even if the Seleka rebels drop their call for partition, the country is de facto split in half.
100 days ago, the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls. Despite an emotional social media campaign, the search was unsuccessful. But that’s not the real scandal, says Jan-Phill Scholz.
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