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Africa mourns Mandela
Power struggle overshadows Biden's Beijing visit
China asserted an "air defense identification zone" in the East China Sea in November. Now, a power struggle in the area looms after US Vice President Joe Biden's attempts at mediation between China and Japan fell flat.
Syrian women's lives devastated by rape
As the Syrian conflict continues, the incidences of rape and violence against women are steadily rising. Activists are alarmed by the number of lives claimed and broken with impunity.
New battlegrounds emerge at Egypt's universities
It was meant to be a place of scholar, Sunni Islam's most prominent center of learning, but for the past weeks riot police have lined the entrance gates, as protests have engulfed Cairo’s Al-Azhar University.
'Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan'
Pakistan's ambassador to Germany, Abdul Basit, has told DW Islamabad wants Kabul and the Taliban to reach a peace agreement by the end of 2014. He says India should not use Afghanistan to destabilize his country.
CIA's Pakistani helper seeks better conditions in jail
Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden, has demanded better conditions in jail and greater access to his lawyer. Observers say Afridi has not been given a chance to a fair trial.
Elizabeth Warren gives Hillary plenty to ponder
Gone is the presumption that Hillary Clinton would glide through a 2016 Democratic primary election. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is widely considered Hillary's greatest threat - if she decides to run.
Mexico: Take the money and run
Not many experts in Mexico are willing or brave enough to discuss the country’s recently amended anti-money laundering laws, designed to hamper the drug cartels from trying to legitimize their ill-gotten gains.
Siemens bribery case spreads to Brazilian politics
In a corruption case concerning Sao Paulo's newly-built metro, politicians of Brazil's main parties reportedly played pivotal roles. The scandal has erupted after German firm Siemens admitted to bribery and price-fixing.
Syrian refugees face harsh winter in Iraq
The stream of Syrian refugees to neighboring countries shows no sign of abating. So far 200,000 have fled to Iraq alone. Aid agencies are working hard to help, but fear that a harsh winter will compound their problems.
Al Qaeda strikes at heart of Yemeni politics
Doctors, nurses and patients. Though the terrorist attack hit civilians hardest, al Qaeda called the defense ministry a "legitimate target." What it really showed was how weak Yemen's centralized state has become.
Palestinian homeowners face eviction in forgotten corner of East Jerusalem
Jerusalem city council has issued demolition orders for a set of high rise buildings that were built without permission in a part of the city otherwise ignored by the authorities. Homeowners there are devastated.