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Women

UN chief Ban Ki- moon launches anti- FGM campaign

ImageUN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on media houses to help in the fight against female genital mutilation. He said that at a launch of a global media campaign in Nairobi.

Syria

'IS' fighter testifies in Frankfurt - 'I still want to die a martyr'

Kreshnik B. is the first 'Islamic State' fighter to stand trial in a German court. He wants to testify and is hoping for a lenient sentence. But in Frankfurt's Higher Regional Court, he talked his way into trouble.

Human Rights

Is Pyongyang re-engaging with international community?

Pyongyang has shown signs of willingness to discuss its human rights issues. Marzuki Darusman, the UN special rapporteur on North Korea, tells DW it might be the result of the pressure created by a UN inquiry report.

Africa

Indian sailors released by Somali pirates

Several Indian sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates have been freed after four years in captivity. Their release followed lengthy negotiations with their captors.

Opinion

Commentary: OECD tax agreement - a little more justice

For tax evaders, the risk of being uncovered has escalated. An agreement governing the international exchange of data will bring a little more justice, says DW's business editor Henrik Böhme.

Energy

France investigates mystery drones over nuclear plants

France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones spotted over several of its nuclear plants. The incident has reignited the debate about nuclear safety.

Palestinian Territories

Sweden announces recognition of Palestinian statehood

Sweden has announced that it will officially recognize the state of Palestine on Thursday. It will become the first EU member in western Europe to do so, in a move strongly condemned by Israel.

Ebola Virus

Fearing Ebola, Maine looks to keep Hickox quarantined

Maine’s governor says he could exercise the "full extent" of his authority to isolate a nurse who has defied a voluntary Ebola quarantine. Police followed Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend on their bike ride Thursday.

Democracy

Compaore says will step down as Burkina Faso president

Burkina Faso’s president says he is ready to discuss a transitional government. Blaise Compaore has pledged to hand over power once the interim regime runs its course.

Religion

The World Council of Churches opposes Pakistan's blasphemy sentence

There are slim chances that Pakistan's blasphemy-convict Asia Bibi will get justice from superior courts. But Dr. Clare Amos of the World Council of Churches tells DW that the activists must keep up the pressure.