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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to the streets

ImageSeveral thousand have marched in Hong Kong in the first large pro-democracy demonstration since protesters staged sit-ins in the city center last year. This time, organizers say no sites will be occupied.

Eastern Europe

'The greatest German friend Poland has ever had'

Richard von Weizsäcker, the German president from 1984 to 1994, had a gargantuan task: the reunification of Europe. After his death on Saturday, Germany's eastern neighbor Poland was also mourning the former leader.


Podemos rallies Spaniards with anti-austerity message

Spain's upstart leftist party drew tens of thousands of supporters to central Madrid on Saturday. In just one year, it has gone from nothing to a serious contender in the upcoming vote. Guy Hedgecoe reports from Madrid.


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vows to pay off loans

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has expressed hope that Greece and its creditors will reach an agreement on the debt issue. The new leftist premier has vowed to pay off debts and said he will not act unilaterally.


Ukraine: Minsk talks crumble, battles in Debaltseve

Peace talks between separatists and Kyiv have broken down. Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers died in fighting from Friday to Saturday, marking the highest one-day death toll for the country's military in almost five months.


AfD: No longer for amateurs

The euroskeptic Alternative for Germany party has heralded an end to its "amateur" phase on the second day of its party convention. Out in the streets, thousands protested their presence in Bremen.


Bundeswehr seeks makeover as attractive employer

Germany's Bundeswehr doesn't have a very good image as an employer. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen aims to change that with a long-term family-friendly modernization plan.

Armed Conflict

Kurdish forces beat back 'Islamic State' in Kirkuk, Kobani

Kurds have retaken an oilfield in Iraq seized by the "Islamic State" (IS) on Friday. After beating back IS, the police and Kurdish forces freed 24 oil workers taken captive by the Sunni militant group.


El-Sissi: Egypt faces a long fight against extremists

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has said Egypt must prepare for a long battle against extremists after attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. The attacks were claimed by a group loyal to "Islamic State."


IS member, many Shiites lose Bahrain citizenship

Bahraini authorities say they have stripped the citizenship of a senior member of the "Islamic State" militant group and dozens of other people. The list includes Sunni and Shiite Muslims.


Charlie Hebdo protest turns violent in Kabul

Two people have reportedly been killed and 24 injured during a rally against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the Afghan capital. Violence broke out when hundreds of protesters clashed with the police.


Japan PM vows justice after IS beheading of Goto

The purported beheading of high-profile Japanese journalist Kenji Goto has prompted a sharp response from the Japanese government. Prime Minister Abe has vowed to help bring the "Islamic State" killers to justice.


'Islamic State' claims beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto

The "Islamic State" (IS) has released a video purportedly showing the execution of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, according to the SITE monitoring group. The Japanese government says it is trying to authenticate the video.


Merkel, Gauck laud Richard von Weizsäcker

German leaders have united in mourning former President Richard von Weizsäcker, who has died at the age of 94 in Berlin. Weizsäcker's stint as head of state saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification.


US-Russia duo land in Mexico after balloon journey

Two hot air balloon pilots have touched down in Mexico, completing a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. The six-day adventure smashed world records unbeaten for over three decades.


Macedonian opposition leader accused of plot to topple government

Macedonian police have charged the leader of the opposition for allegedly conspiring with a foreign spy agency to overthrow the government. His arrest could further deepen political divisions in the Balkan nation.

European Union

Opinion: Greece is running amok

Athens is on collision course with Europe, and much quicker than Brussels was expecting. Now the EU has to develop counter strategies before Greece's chaos drags all of Europe with it, says Barbara Wesel.


Hat-trick hero Petersen lifts Freiburg, Magical Malli seals win for Mainz

Nils Petersen scored a hat-trick to move Freiburg off the bottom of the table with a 4-1 home win against Frankfurt. Mainz had two heroes in its thumping victory, and there were wins for Schalke, Cologne and Gladbach.

American Football

Super Bowl XLIX by the numbers

The Super Bowl is an exercise in excess. Companies shell out millions of dollars for brief commercial spots, while consumers spend billions on football-themed merchandise. DW looks at the big game's economic impact.

International football

Balboa double downs Tunisia, DR Congo win six-goal thriller

In a pair of pulsating African Cup of Nation quarterfinals, hosts Equatorial Guinea secured a 2-1 extra-time win over Tunisia. Earlier, the Democratic Republic of Congo scored four unaswered goals to beat Congo 4-2.

Saudi Arabia

Blogger Raif Badawi's long struggle for freedom of expression

Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi started criticizing his country's regime more than six years ago. Since then, his family has been threatened and fled to Canada and his lawyer has been arrested.