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UN: 230,000 people have fled Ukraine fighting

ImageThe UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva estimates that 230,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, with a small majority of them fleeing into Russia, rather than relocating within the country.


EU ambassadors reach preliminary Russia sanctions deal

European Union ambassadors meeting in Brussels have reached a preliminary agreement on stepping up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. The proposals are to be reviewed next week.


Hollande: 'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash

French President Francois Hollande has said that nobody survived the Air Algerie plane crash in Mali. He said rescue staff had recovered one of the plane's 'black box' flight recorders.


International AIDS Conference wraps up with a warning

The 20th International Aids Conference has wrapped up with a warning that laws in many countries were making it more difficult to combat the disease. The next conference is to be held in two years' time.

Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan ex-president Bakiyev awarded life sentence

The exiled former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has been given a life sentence in absentia for his role in trying to violently suppress an opposition rally. The trial lasted nearly four years.

Classical Music

Curtain goes up in Bayreuth - with a glitch

The world-famous Bayreuth Festival dedicated to the works of the German composer Richard Wagner has begun. The opening performance was, however, delayed by a technical misfunction.


German economic indicators send mixed signals

The Ukraine conflict is weighing on the German business mood, driving down for a third consecutive month a relevant index by the Ifo institute. But the crisis talk is leaving consumers unfazed as they continue spending.

Consumer Affairs

McDonald's Japan says no more Chinese chicken

A food safety scandal in eastern Asia has escalated as McDonald's Japan said its restaurants had taken products made with Chinese chicken off the menu. The chain's Hong Kong wing also halted sales of Chicken McNuggets.


As Tour approaches Paris, Lithuania wins first stage

Ramunas Navardauskas has won the 19th Stage of the Tour de France. Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey and is expected to take it home with him when the three-week cycling showcase ends on Sunday.


German business hardens stance on Russia sanctions

A major German business group has come out in favor of tougher action against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. The group represents German exporters to eastern Europe. It had previously warned against Russia sanctions.


Poroshenko's risky power play

First the ruling coalition fell apart, then the prime minister resigned. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is attempting to strengthen his position, despite the ongoing battle with separatists in the country's east.


Beck: 'Quds Day is a hate event'

German Greens MP Volker Beck heads the German-Israeli parliamentary group in the Bundestag. In an interview with DW, he said he condemns Quds Day because it denies Israel's right to exist.


More minor migrants raising tensions in US

Tens of thousands of children and teenagers have crossed the the Mexican border into the United States. But arrival means their struggle has just begun - toward their goal of legal residency in the "land of the free."

International Relations

Trade and diplomacy top Abe's agenda in Latin America

With his mind set on diversifying investments, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe has embarked on a five-nation tour of Latin America. But while economic ties are high on the agenda, the PM will also launch a diplomatic push.


Karume: 'We need more tourism police in Kenya'

Kenyan police have confirmed that a German woman has been shot dead in Mombasa, bringing the number of foreign tourists killed in the town this month to two.


African biodiversity under threat

Researchers meeting in Cameroon have warned that Africa could loose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century because of global warming, population growth and unregulated development.


Opinion: 'AIDS can be beat - with education'

The AIDS-Conference in Melbourne has shown that from a medical standpoint, AIDS can be eradicated in less than 50 years. But it isn't possible without protecting and educating high-risk groups, writes Fabian Schmidt.


August 2014: DW's culture calendar

Even in peak vacation season, Europe's culture scene is busier than ever. August features a variety of film, theater and dance festivals. And there are a few concerts that shouldn't be missed either.


Theater play brings recognition to unsung British cycling champ

This year's Tour de France set off minutes from Beryl Burton's home in Leeds, England. But few had ever heard of Britain's arguably greatest ever female cyclist until the peloton pedaled past.

Human Rights

Brazil's favelas get active online

Even though many of Brazil's favelas are still lacking basic infrastructure, internet usage is relatively high. Young locals are now starting to use social media to launch campaigns to improve the areas where they live.


Summer tourists help spread chikungunya virus

In just a few months, hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean have been infected by the chikungunya virus. It has spread to the United States and Europe via travelers returning home.