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Ukraine makes gas payment ahead of energy talks with Russia

ImageUkraine has paid for another month of Russian gas, following threats Moscow would cut off deliveries. Brussels has summoned Russian and Ukrainian officials for talks to resolve a gas dispute between the two countries.


German tank battalion to be activated amid Russia crisis

Germany plans to activate a tank battalion that exists only on paper as it seeks to increase the country's military capability. The defense minister spoke of a "changed security situation" amid the conflict in Ukraine.


Hong Kong woman gets six-year sentence for abusing maid

A Hong Kong court has sentenced a local woman to six years in jail for abusing her Indonesian maid. Publicity from the case has triggered outrage across Asia.

Court Cases

Amal Clooney slams Egyptian, Canadian governments defending client Mohamed Fahmy

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney condemned the inaction of the Canadian government to secure the release of her client. There is no reason Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy should not be sent home, she argued.


Boehner stands by Netanyahu

After John Kerry criticized Benjamin Netanyahu's judgment on the Iran nuclear talks, House Speaker John Boehner has come to the Israeli PM's defense. Boehner said the US must hear about the "grave threats" facing Israel.


Kerry back in Switzerland next week for Ukraine and Iran talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced talks in Switzerland to discuss the ongoing Ukraine fighting and an Iran nuclear deal. The meeting with Russia comes after Kerry accused Moscow of lying to his face.


'Islamic State' executioner with London accent identified, media reports

The 'IS' henchman in the group's execution videos has reportedly been identified. 'Jihadi John,' as some captors and many media outlets dubbed him, is a middle-class computer programmer from Kuwait who grew up in London.

United States

In narrow US vote, FCC favors Net neutrality

The US will regulate Internet service providers like telephone companies. Net neutrality bans ISPs from blocking and unfairly slowing down any Web traffic or striking deals with content companies.

Court Cases

US jury convicts accused al Qaeda Saudi of conspiracy

A jury has convicted a Saudi man in connection with the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, could get life in prison after a jury convicted him on four conspiracy counts.


Activist, blogger and DW Bobs nominee Avijit Roy killed in Dhaka

Bangladeshi atheist writer, blogger and government critic Avijit Roy has been killed in the capital Dhaka. His wife was also injured in the attack and is still in hospital.

Eurozone crisis

Opinion: Double standards

European rules have always been somewhat flexible, but they are supposed to apply to all countries. By treating big countries gently and small countries harshly, the EU strains its credibility, writes DW's Barbara Wesel.

Europa League

European football suffering from fan trouble

More riots followed in the second leg between Feyenoord and Roma. This is just the latest off-field case of violence in football in recent weeks, as the sport's image suffers further.


When you find out you won't be going to Mars

Would you leave behind your friends, family and Earth to live out the rest of your days on Mars? Plenty would - and DW has spoken with one candidate who recently found out he would not be making that one-way journey.


Blog to book: Berlin's secret places unveiled

It is a key reference for all off-beat explorers with a passion for rust and flaking paint, set to an historical backdrop. Now "Abandoned Berlin," one of the city's most popular blogs, has been released in print.


Stolen Picasso shipped to US as worthless 'handicraft'

A century-old stolen painting by the Cubist artist Pablo Picasso has resurfaced in the US. An attempt had been made to smuggle it into the country as craft of little value.


Drop in Kenyan tourism could harm sea turtles

What do Ebola and terrorism have to do with turtles? Along the Kenyan coast, quite a bit. Both are causing numbers of tourists to drop - and the impacts on wildlife conservation could be severe.