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Turkey

Opponents of new Turkish laws fear police state

ImageThe Turkish government has proposed new legislation to give police heightened powers to break up demonstrations. Opposition parties and human rights groups worry that the measures will turn Turkey into a police state.

Elections

Estonia votes amid jitters over Ukraine crisis

Estonians are going to the polls in elections dominated by economic issues. But the vote is also marked by unease over neighboring Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Religion

Why 'Islamic State' is terrorizing Christians

News of the abduction of more than 200 Syrian Christians by the "Islamic State" has spread throughout the world. This was precisely IS's intention. Its acts of terrorism are part of a cynical media strategy.

Turkey

PKK leader Ocalan calls on Kurdish separatists in Turkey to lay down arms

The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, has urged rebels in Turkey to hold a congress on disarmament. The move is aimed to end 30 years of conflict between Kurds and the Turkish state.

Economy

India budget 'a step in the right direction,' but 'no quantum leap'

Amid high expectations, Indian PM Narendra Modi's government has unveiled its first full budget designed to boost growth in Asia's third-largest economy. DW speaks to analyst Milan Vaishnav on the new budget's potential.

Russia

Sunday march in Moscow to honor Nemtsov

Opposition leaders in Moscow have canceled the protest rally for Sunday, opting instead for a march to pay their respects to Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was gunned down in the heart of Moscow.

War crimes

US officials move to deport Bosnian suspects over war crimes

Immigration officials in the US are preparing to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of "ethnic cleansing" during the Balkan conflict in the 1990s. The number of suspects could top 600, the New York Times reported.

Mali

Mali signs peace deal but Tuareg rebels ask for more time

Mali has signed a preliminary peace deal to end fighting with northern rebel fighters. But the main Tuareg-led armed coalition, which has demanded autonomy, wants more time for consultations.