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Ukraine

NATO to deploy more forces in eastern Europe amid unrest in Ukraine

ImageNATO has said it will strengthen its military presence in eastern Europe in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Meanwhile, combat vehicles bearing Russian flags were seen in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.

Syria

Jordan destroys vehicles crossing over from Syria, Amman says

Jordan's army and state television say warplanes have destroyed a number of vehicles crossing over the border from Syria. Arms smuggling across the border has risen sharply over the past year, according to Amman.

Nigeria

Scores of girls abducted from Nigerian school by suspected Islamist rebels

Suspected Islamist rebels have abducted at least 100 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, according to local officials. The assailants are believed to be members of Boko Haram.

Finance

Mt. Gox gives up plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has decided not to seek a new lease on life. It said it had given up all hope of resurrection under bankruptcy protection, with the bulk of the stolen coins still unaccounted for.

Growth

China's economic reforms come at the cost of slower growth

China has reported weak first-quarter growth as the country is in a reform process to make economic expansion more sustainable. Market pundits said the latest figures would be unlikely to lead to more stimulus programs.

Markets

DAX-listed companies heavily rely on turnover abroad

The 30 German companies listed in the blue-chip DAX index have thrived mostly because of a boost in foreign turnover, a fresh study has shown. The finding reflected larger business opportunities in emerging markets.

German Cup

Dortmund pip Wolfsburg in German Cup semi-final

Two first-half goals were enough for Borussia Dortmund to beat Wolfsburg in the German Cup semi-final on Tuesday night. The Wolves had their chances against a tiring BVB, but lacked the killer finishing.

Conflict

Media bias a problem in Ukraine reporting

One-sided? Superficial? Russia sympathizers and Russia critics report on Ukraine in the German media - and about the difficulty of remaining neutral in reporting.

Diplomacy

Ambassador: 'Evidence of Russian involvement'

The military operation in eastern Ukraine is directed against terrorists, not protesters, says Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany, Pavlo Klimkin. He says they will not affect planned talks in Geneva.

Ukraine

Putin's Plan "F" for Ukraine

Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine are demanding federalization. Moscow argues the move would unite Ukraine. The government in Kyiv fears the opposite would be the case.

Conflict

Baberowski: Let the eastern Ukrainians decide!

In the conflict over eastern Ukraine, acting President Olexander Turchynov has signaled support for a national referendum. It's a good option, says East Europe expert Jörg Baberowski – if Turchynov really means it.

Arms Exports

Germany's arms exports turn into gamesmanship

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel defied Angela Merkel by refusing to sanction the sale of battle tanks to Saudi Arabia. But this a just a minor corrective for one of the world's major arms exporters.

Refugees

'Migrant Files:' The EU's refugee victims

Scores of refugees have died attempting to reach European territory. Now, a group of European journalists has found that the EU's lure claims a higher number of casualties than previously thought.

Norway

Breivik victims oppose national memorial

A planned national memorial to the victims of Norwegian extreme-right mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has met opposition from many locals and some of the victims' relatives.

Afghanistan

Can the Taliban make a comeback?

Experts believe only a very small number of Afghans support Taliban ideology. If the insurgent group wants to truly integrate into Afghan society, it should change its politics.

Labor Market

German consumers 'have a responsibility'

To mark the first anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory building in Dhaka, on April 24 last year, two women from Bangladesh are visiting Germany to appeal for compensation for the victims.

Women

Pakistani policewoman offers protection and understanding

A police station run by women in Pakistan is filling an important role in a society dominated by men. Chief Bushra Batool says it's become a place of last resort for the desperate.

Education

Lifelong learning for kids in rural Nigeria

Simon in Nigeria built a library at a local school to give the kids from rural farming families a brighter future. Now he's making sure the library is put to good use - which isn't as easy as it sounds.

Diplomacy

Soft power isn't enough anymore

Russia has lost all credibility after its staging of conflict in eastern Ukraine. The EU may have to respond with harsh sanctions, which is all it can do, DW's Bernd Riegert writes.

Crime

Global Witness: 'Environmentalist murders escalating worldwide'

There has been a sharp increase in violence against environmental activists around the world, according to a new report from Global Witness. Brazil and Cambodia are among the countries worst affected by the problem.

Lifestyle

How to become a hipster and why no one wants to

What's all the fuss about hipsters these days? DW got to the bottom of what they actually are (you're probably more hipster than you think) and where they're all headed now that Berlin is out (watch out, Warsaw).

Software Simulation

Soft wear: computer simulated design is tailoring the future fashion industry

Textile simulation may be in its infancy, but it can make complex clothing, including wrinkles, on real-time digital models. And the software's got larger implications beyond mere fashion.

German Cup

Kaiserslautern have another chance to write history

The German Cup semifinal against Bayern Munich has put Bundesliga's second-division club Kaiserslautern back in the public eye. They have a long history - and a firm place in the hearts and minds of German football fans.