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Israel pounds Gaza, truce appears remote

ImageAn Israeli-Gazan ceasefire seems remote after Israel's heaviest bombardment in a three-week war and Hamas' rejection of the truce call. Shelling has wrecked the enclave's sole power plant. Medics speak of 100 more dead.


International investigators call off MH17 crash site visit amid fighting

Fighting in east Ukraine has again prevented an international investigation team from reaching the crash site of flight MH17. The Netherlands prime minister has called on Ukraine to halt its offensive in the area.

Infectious Diseases

Ebola medical 'hero' dies in Sierra Leone

A senior Sierra Leone doctor who led the fight against Ebola has died. Sheik Umar Khan had contracted the virus while treating more than 100 patients. Ebola's spread in western Africa is the largest ever.


Libya says Italy to help fight depot blaze

Libya says seven fire-fighting planes are being sent by Italy and the Italian energy giant ENI to douse the inferno at a Tripoli oil depot. Fighting between militias nearby has prompted more residents to flee.


France hands over Jewish Museum shooting suspect to Belgium

French authorities have handed over to Belgium the man suspected of carrying out the May 24 fatal shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum. He was arrested in Marseilles roughly a week after the deadly incident.


Clashes leave 'dozens' dead in China's western Xinjiang region

Dozens of people have been killed and more injured in fatal clashes between police and an armed mob in China's Xinjiang region. Local police said the attack was premeditated.


Moody's downgrades Deutsche Bank as lender's net profit falls

Ratings agency Moody's has slashed the credit rating of Germany's biggest lender. It said it wasn't convinced Deutsche Bank would return to higher profits, as expressed in the bank's latest earnings report.


German bond yields fall as investors flock to safe havens over Russia

Germany's borrowing costs have fallen to a record low on an EU decision to impose new sanctions against Russia. While investors flee to the safe haven of German debt, they are selling shares in firms exposed to Russia.


Mars rover Opportunity makes travel history

NASA's Opportunity rover has driven 25 miles on the surface of Mars. In doing so, it has traveled farther on the surface of another planet than any man-made vehicle before it.


'Many Americans see Israel as the holy land'

In Europe, criticism of Israel's actions in Gaza is slowly picking up steam. In the US, however, public opinion is still very much pro-Israel. DW talked to former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat about the sentiment there.

NSA Scandal

German opposition slams Maas' Snowden comments

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been living in Russia for nearly one year. Now German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has suggested he go back to the US, sparking outrage among left-wing politicians.


West watches as Libya burns

A giant fuel depot is burning in Tripoli. Western countries have evacuated their embassies and are getting their citizens out of the country. The international community seems helpless in the face of a looming civil war.


'Compelling evidence' for Kosovo Liberation Army crimes

The EU's Special Investigative Task Force said it has evidence to file an indictment against former senior officials of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army. They are accused of violating international humanitarian law.


Ghana's Takoradi and its uneasy affair with oil

When the oil began to gush, Ghana was determined to avoid the 'resource curse.' But the prosperity many had hoped for in the coastal city of Sekondi-Takoradi has so far trickled down to just a tiny minority.


Famine looming in South Sudan

The UN is warning of a famine in war-torn South Sudan where more than a million people have been displaced. Many can no longer work in the fields in a country where 95 percent of the population depends on farming.


Analyst: Outcome of probe into Zhou Yongkang 'already decided'

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for "serious disciplinary violations," a move that will likely pave the way for the prosecution of the high-ranking official, analyst Robert Daly tells DW.


Taliban 'gaining ground' as Afghan audit drags on

While Kabul is in the midst of an election audit, the Taliban are making territorial gains elsewhere in Afghanistan. While of lesser strategic value, these gains are of symbolic importance, says ICG analyst Graeme Smith.

Middle East

Opinion: We need a sustainable peace plan

A mere ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will not end the violence. Putting an end to Israel's blockade on Gaza is the key for establishing an enduring state of peace in the Middle East, writes DW's Loay Mudhoon.


Mainlining malaria: why wait on a mosquito when you can inject for research in Africa?

Celebrating a new treatment for malaria is one thing. Celebrating a new way to infect people with the parasite is another. But researchers say injecting volunteers with malaria yields better results.


Disappearing synagogue takes suburbia to task

World-renowned German artist Gregor Schneider has covered a synagogue near Cologne with the façade of a drab suburban house. But by hiding it, he challenges visitors to look more closely at history and memory.

South America

Argentina has its back to the wall

Once again, Argentina is facing default. But instead of negotiating with its creditors, the government portrays itself as a victim, which makes the country's precarious economic situation even worse.


Yesterday the pound, today the dollar, tomorrow the yuan?

On the 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods system, the US should take a close look at the history of global finance. Washington can learn a lot about the looming relegation of the dollar, writes DW's Frank Sieren.


Determined Lewandowski set for best ever season

Robert Lewandowski has been in fantastic form for Bayern Munich, and the season hasn't even started. Jonathan Harding looks at why.