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IS militants close in on Syrian Kurdish town as thousands flee

Image"Islamic State" militants have continued their advance on a large Kurdish town in Syria, according to sources monitoring the country's conflict. Tens of thousands of residents have fled to neighboring Turkey.


Opposition calls protests, but Russian public opinion largely pro-Putin

For the first time in six months, opposition activists in Russia have called on people to join peace marches against Moscow's Ukraine policies and its propaganda machine. But there is little appetite for protest.


Climate activists protest ahead of NY summit

Climate activists have rallied in Australia at the start of worldwide protest to press for overdue steps at Tuesday's UN summit in New York. In Cairns, protestors urged G20 finance ministers to switch to "renewables."


Kenya remembers Westgate Mall massacre victims

On the first anniversary of the al-Shabab militant attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi, thousands of mourners and survivors gathered to pay their respects to the 67 victims. Kenya remains on high alert.


Kenya commemorates victims of Westgate massacre

One year after militant group al-Shabab mounted an attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi that killed 67, the country still battles with fears over Islamist terror.


Incoming Afghan government faces internal challenges

Afghanistan finally has a new government. The question, however, remains if it can function and complete its five-year term. Experts consider the new government a short-term solution for the war-torn country.

Armed Conflict

Afghan combat mission 'definitely over'

What is in store for Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF peacekeeping forces? In a DW interview, German Major General Dieter Warnecke talks about the problems and prospects facing the country.


Pope Francis condemns religious extremism during Albania visit

In remarks made during a brief trip to Albania, Pope Francis has condemned the use of religion as a pretext to justify violence. He praised the country for promoting the peaceful co-existence of different faiths.


G20 sees opportunities for extra growth

G20 finance heads and civic leaders meeting in Australia say they have devised reforms to generate an extra 1.8 percent growth. Aims include improved infrastructure projects and added job creation.


At least six dead in Egypt military aircraft crash

A military aircraft has crashed in Egypt, killing six soldiers and wonding a seventh, state TV reports. The incident is thought to be a result of a "technical failure".


Ghani named Afghanistan president-elect

A disputed presidential election in Afghanistan has been resolved. Yet questions remain regarding the ability of former presidential rivals to successfully share power in a unity government.


Fighting continues in Yemen ahead of ceasefire

The Shiite rebels have confirmed that they are preparing to sign a ceasefire agreement with Yemeni government despite continued fighting. They have said the clashes were not related to the proposed deal.


Bomb explodes near Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo

A roadside bomb has exploded on a busy street in Cairo, according to state media. The bomb went off near the foreign ministry.


Fiji coup leader Bainimarama claims election victory before results released

Fiji’s coup leader, Voreqe Bainimarama, has declared himself the winner of the general elections, even though the final count has not been released.


Pope Francis arrives in Albania on a flying visit

Pope Francis is in Albania on a visit intended to promote interfaith harmony. He is to meet with heads of a number of religious communities during his 11-hour stay.

United Kingdom

Opinion: EU sigh of relief over Scotland could be misplaced

Sighs of relief all round in Brussels after Scotland's independence vote - but why, you may ask? Scotland has shown how independence movements can pay off for regions seeking more autonomy, writes DW's Max Hofmann.

Catholic Church

New Cologne archbishop Woelki stresses charity, reform

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has taken over the Cologne archdiocese, one of the richest in the world. He is determined to spread Pope Francis' message of charity and the importance of sharing.


+++Live: Wolfsburg vs. Leverkusen+++

Sunday's serving of Bundesliga action offers two juicy ties. First, there's Wolfsburg against Leverkusen before the Rhine derby later. Follow our Live Ticker here, or on our Twitter feed @DW_Sports.


Cologne and Gladbach on edge ahead of Rhine Valley derby

Borussia Mönchengladbach will take on Cologne this Sunday in the Rhine region's most celebrated Bundesliga derby. For both sets of supporters, it's arguably the most important game of the year.


Live report from the Oktoberfest

Our reporter Annabelle Steffes is on location in Munich – follow her experiences at the Wiesn in our live blog.