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Report: Ukraine military has used cluster bombs

ImageA human rights group has reported the use of cluster bombs by the Ukrainian military during its fight against separatist rebels in the east of the country. Kyiv has denied implementing the weapons, which are illegal.


Ex-US ambassador: Kobani will not fall

Ankara and Washington’s policy shift on helping the Kurds to fight 'IS' in Kobani means the Syrian town will not fall, America’s ex-ambassador to Turkey Jim Jeffrey tells DW. It also provides a lesson for the US.

Human Rights

Congolese gynecologist wins Sakharov Prize

The 2014 Sakharov Prize, one of Europe's most prestigious human rights accolades, will go to the Congolese physician Denis Mukwege for his treatment of the victims of gang rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

European Union

The battle over European austerity

The German government sees itself as a fiscal role model for the EU. But Schäuble's dream of a balanced budget may not be the answer.

North Korea

North Korea releases American detainee Jeffrey Fowle

Authorities in North Korea have allowed an American to return home. He had been held since May and was one of three prisoners whose release the United States has been negotiating.


India and Pakistan on edge as Kashmir ceasefire ignored

The Indian defense minister has warned his country will respond to Pakistan's breach of the ceasefire along the common border in Kashmir, suggesting that India may be getting more aggressive towards its western neighbor.


Nurses fired at German hospital for patient selfies

Five emergency room staff have been sacked at a German hospital for posting humiliating photos of patients online, a spokesman for the clinic in the western city of Aachen has confirmed.


Lufthansa pilots threaten more strikes this week

Striking pilots at Germany's flagship carrier are scheduled to end their protest on Tuesday night. Nearly 166,000 air passengers in Germany have been affected by the pilots' walkout, which began on Monday.

Champions League

Bayern leave Roma in ruins, Schalke leave it late to win

Pep Guardiola's side delivered one of the most remarkable European performances to beat Roma in Italy, but Schalke had to work much harder for their three points at home.


Iran backs Iraq in fight against 'Islamic State' militants

Iran has assured its neighbor Iraq of assistance in fighting against militants belonging to the "Islamic State" group. Iran's Supreme Leader has also said he considers the security of both countries to be "inseparable."


Canadian safety minister: attacker 'linked to terrorist ideology'

A man involved in an attack on the Canadian military this week had been a radicalized Muslim, according to Canadian officials. The 25-year-old was involved in a deadly hit-and-run on two soldiers.


Britain to use surveillance drones in Syria

Britain will soon deploy drones and spy planes to carry out surveillance over Syria. The move signals an expansion of the UK's operations against "Islamic State" militants beyond Iraq.


Air crash kills French sanctions opponent

Russian investigators claim a "drunk" snow plough driver and an air traffic control "error" led to the death of Christophe de Margerie, the head of France's oil giant Total. His small jet crashed on takeoff in Moscow.


Subway strike cripples Lisbon traffic

A 24-hour strike by Lisbon subway workers has thrown much of the Portuguese capital's public transport into chaos. Staff were up in arms against the government's plans to privatize the metro system.


Opinion: When in doubt favor the accused

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been sent to prison for five years for shooting Reeva Steenkamp. The sentence is just says DW's Daniel Pelz.


Oil, power and conspiracy

In recent months the price of oil has fallen massively. That has hit Russia, Iran and Venezuela particularly hard. Conspiracy theories abound as to the source of the current supply gut.


Doctors say 'paralysis can be reversed' after man gets new treatment

A paralyzed man is walking again after treatment in Poland. The leading British scientist working to help Darek Fidyka says it's "more impressive than walking on the moon."


US midterms: Obama's 'fundamental problem'

The US economy is failing to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, says political scientist William Galston. What are the implications for the midterm elections and beyond - and does anyone have the solution?