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Jordan carries out first executions in eight years

ImageJordan says it has hanged several people following a ban on the death penalty being lifted. Capital punishment has been reinstated in the country in response to an increase in crime.


Kurd fighters advance against IS militants in northern Iraq town

Soldiers of the Kurdish peshmerga army have pushed back IS militants in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. The peshmerga offensive has triggered heavy clashes in the town.


Polls open in Tunisia's presidential run-off election

Tunisians are going to the polls in a second round of voting to choose a president. It marks the country's first free presidential ballot following an uprising in 2011.


Murder charge for Australian mother

Authorities have said that the mother of several children killed in Australia has been charged with their murder. The incident happened in the north of the country on Friday.


Russia dismisses new US sanctions as ineffective

Russia has dismissed the latest sanctions imposed on it by the US over its annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin has said his country would not be intimidated or isolated over the Ukraine crisis.


Turkish people 'shocked' by journalist arrests

Trumped-up charges are to be leveled at more than a dozen recently arrested Turkish journalists. DW talks to Turkey-analyst Günter Seufert about why the Turkish president is going after them now.


Austrian composer and singer Udo Jürgens dies, aged 80

The Austrian singer-songwriter Udo Jürgens, whose songs enjoy immense popularity in the German-speaking world and beyond, has died aged 80. His career spanned more than fifty years.


Obama condemns murder of New York police officers

US President Barack Obama says he condemns the fatal shooting of two New York police officers on Saturday. They were killed in broad daylight by a gunman in suspected retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.


Essebsi claims victory in Tunisia's run-off presidential election

Voters in Tunisia have elected an 88-year-old former parliamentary speaker as their new president according to exit polls. Beji Caid Essebsi has gained a majority and declared victory in the second round of voting.


Polls close in Uzbek elections expected to reinforce longtime leader

Uzbek voters have been to the polls in parliamentary elections. But with all four competing parties supporting President Islam Karimov, their choice was limited.