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Cameron seeks support for EU reforms on Europe-wide tour

ImageDavid Cameron has begun a whirlwind tour of European capitals to drum up support for EU reforms. The outcome of a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the bloc may hinge on what he secures.


Nusra Front takes control of Syria's northwestern Idlib province

Image Al Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front has taken over all of the Idlib province. The area lies on Syria's border with Turkey and is adjacent to the regime-controlled Latakia region.


German court says ex-SS officer unfit for trial

ImageProsecutors in the northern German city of Hamburg have dropped their probe into a 93-year-old former Nazi SS officer. Gerhard Sommer, who suffers from dimensia, allegedly took part in a World War II massacre in Italy.

Court Cases

Trial ends in the 'Bettencourt Affair,' a scandal celebre

Eight defendants have received prison or fines for fleecing L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. A renowned photographer must repay the frail billionaire 158 million euros, but an ally of Nicolas Sarkozy will walk.


Volcano erupts on remote southern Japanese island

Police have ordered a small island in southern Japan evacuated after a volcano erupted on Friday. The volcano blasted a huge column of ash high into the sky, but officials said there is no threat to human life.


Nemtsova: 'I am fighting against dictatorship in Russia'

The accusation weighs heavily: Russian President Vladimir Putin has political responsibility for the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov's daughter spoke to DW about the situation in Russia.

Court Cases

Egyptian court clears security officer of torturing detainee to death

A former State Security major has been acquitted of torturing a suspect to death in the months leading to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. The accusations of brutality fueled anger among regime opponents.


29.5.1453: The sacking of Constantinople


1894: Josef von Sternberg

Days to remember

1913: Stravinskys "Le sacre du printemps"