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Armenian massacre remembrance sparks rift between Turkey and Europe

ImageEvents held to remember the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago have caused a rift between Turkey and Europe. Ankara rejects that the killings were genocide, reports Thomas Seibert from Istanbul.


Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, former Polish foreign minister, dies at 93

A former Auschwitz inmate, Polish foreign minister, academic, journalist, honorary Israeli citizen, and a key figure in German-Polish reconciliation after the Second World War: Wladyslaw Bartoszewski has died in Warsaw.

World War I

Australia and New Zealand remember Anzac World War soldiers

Events are being held in Australia and New Zealand to remember soldiers who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War One, a hundred years ago. As many as 120,000 people appeared in the Australian capital.


Arctic summit kicks off in Canada

Ministers from eight Arctic nations have begun two days of talks in Canada's remote north - addressing climate change and other issues affecting the Arctic. Tensions with Russia will underlie the conference.


Deutsche Bank announces sale of Postbank stake

Deutsche Bank has announced it will reduce its stake in Postbank to under fifty percent. The news comes a day after the banking giant agreed to pay a record $2.5 billion for manipulating benchmark interest rates.

Human Rights

Human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud shot dead in Pakistan

Human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been shot dead in Pakistan shortly after attending a meeting on abuses in Baluchistan province. Her mother was critically injured.

United States

Eric Holder bids farewell to Justice Department

After more than six years as Attorney General, Eric Holder has bid his Justice Department colleagues farewell. Holder was a frequent target of Republicans who viewed his department as too political to act objectively.


Mexico investigates case of wrong girl, Alondra Luna Nunez, sent to US

A 14-year-old Mexican girl taken by police at school and sent to the US in a case of mistaken identity has been reunited with her parents. Mexican prosecutors have started an investigation into the case.


Ash from Chile volcano Calbuco hits Argentina, Uruguay

Ashes from Chile’s Calbuco volcano have led to flight cancellations in Argentina and Uruguay. Activity has died down compared to Wednesday and Thursday, although authorities have not ruled out a further eruption.


Hollande urges progress on Minsk accord in one-on-one with Putin

Presidents Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin have spoken on the sidelines of memorial services in Armenia, discussing the fragile truce in Ukraine and a suspended French warship delivery for Moscow's military.

Court Cases

Tugce defendant 'infinitely sorry' and 'never reckoned with her death'

An 18-year-old accused of assaulting a young Turkish-German woman last year, resulting in her death, has apologized on the opening day of his trial in a juvenile court. He has said he had no intention of killing her.


The BND affair: "No better partner than the USA"

The federal government isn't saying much about a probe into a new scandal involving Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency. Now, the federal prosecutor’s office is planning to cooperate with the German NSA inquiry.

Armed Conflict

Nusra advances in Idlib as Jolie rips Security Council

Anti-regime groups have made gains in a joint offensive on a bastion of Syria's government. As the country's civil war continues, the UN-appointed mediator is hoping to restart peace talks.

Science & Technology

International scientists warn against China's attempt to 'edit' human genome

Scientists around the world have asked to halt experiments on the human DNA after a Chinese team published results of its new experiment. The experiment could have unintended effects on future generations.


Refugees flee Burundi for Rwanda as tensions mount

Thousands of Burundians have fled amid threats of violence in the run-up to the presidential election. Many allege that thugs who support the incumbent, Pierre Nkurunziza, have threatened them.


Opinion: Belated expression of German guilt

For decades, German governments avoided using the term genocide when referring to the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago. The Bundestag on Friday forced clarification, and rightly so, says DW's Richard Fuchs.


One Syrian refugee's odyssey to Europe

To escape the violence in his country, one young Syrian fled to Europe via Libya and the Mediterranean. He endured many hardships on his route.


Ghosts of the past haunt Turkish-Armenian border

The Turkish-Armenian border has been shut since 1993 despite thousands of years of shared history. Residents on both sides hope the countries can settle their differences. Jacob Resneck reports from the frontier.


Bell tolls twice to down Schalke on Friday night

Schalke were punished for poor composure by a ruthlessly efficient Mainz side. Mainz earned their first win at home against the blue and white Bundesliga team for the first time in nearly nine years.


Putin's bikers on the prowl

Poland's announced it would deny the Night Wolves - a Russian motorcycle gang - to the right to cross its border. But there are some who support and want to protect the bikers, as Roman Imielski writes from Warsaw.


'Grexit' would serve nobody's interests

The Greek situation is deteriorating by the minute and an end is not in sight. Indeed, there may not be a resolution until June, leaving the country in a dangerous limbo, writes Vicky Pryce.


Afghanistan's elite fleeing to Europe

Alongside a resurgent Taliban, there is now a new threat in Afghanistan: "Islamic State." Those Afghans who can afford it and have the connections head for Europe, while the rest are stranded in Pakistan and Iran.