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Sanctions

US joins EU in imposing broader sanctions on Russia

ImageRussia has now been slapped with additional sanctions by the United States. The world power joins the EU in levying harsher bans which target Russia’s energy, arms and finance sectors.

Aviation

Aviation industry seeks more data on conflict zones

The UN's aviation body and industry officials have agreed on the need for better communication when plotting flight paths over sensitive regions. The Montreal emergency summit was prompted by the MH17 crash in Ukraine.

Infectious Diseases

Ebola medical 'hero' dies in Sierra Leone

A senior Sierra Leone doctor who led the fight against Ebola has died. Sheik Umar Khan had contracted the virus while treating more than 100 patients. Ebola's spread in western Africa is the largest ever.

Libya

Libya says Italy to help fight depot blaze

Libya says seven fire-fighting planes are being sent by Italy and the Italian energy giant ENI to douse the inferno at a Tripoli oil depot. Fighting between militias nearby has prompted more residents to flee.

Finance

Last-ditch New York talks on Argentina debt

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof has flown into New York seeking to reach a deal with hedge fund creditors and avert an Argentine debt default. His arrival coincided with a last-minute cause for optimism in Buenos Aires.

China

Clashes leave 'dozens' dead in China's western Xinjiang region

Dozens of people have been killed and more injured in fatal clashes between police and an armed mob in China's Xinjiang region. Local police said the attack was premeditated.

Banking

Moody's downgrades Deutsche Bank as lender's net profit falls

Ratings agency Moody's has slashed the credit rating of Germany's biggest lender. It said it wasn't convinced Deutsche Bank would return to higher profits, as expressed in the bank's latest earnings report.

Markets

German bond yields fall as investors flock to safe havens over Russia

Germany's borrowing costs have fallen to a record low on an EU decision to impose new sanctions against Russia. While investors flee to the safe haven of German debt, they are selling shares in firms exposed to Russia.

Space

Last European space cargo delivery heads for ISS

A European cargo vessel has set off for the last such mission carrying supplies to the International Space Station. German astronaut Alexander Gerst can look forward to some home cooking, and some coffee, in the payload.

Israel

'Many Americans see Israel as the holy land'

In Europe, criticism of Israel's actions in Gaza is slowly picking up steam. In the US, however, public opinion is still very much pro-Israel. DW talked to former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat about the sentiment there.

Libya

West watches as Libya burns

A giant fuel depot is burning in Tripoli. Western countries have evacuated their embassies and are getting their citizens out of the country. The international community seems helpless in the face of a looming civil war.

Kosovo

'Compelling evidence' for Kosovo Liberation Army crimes

The EU's Special Investigative Task Force said it has evidence to file an indictment against former senior officials of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army. They are accused of violating international humanitarian law.

NSA Scandal

German opposition slams Maas' Snowden comments

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been living in Russia for nearly one year. Now German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has suggested he go back to the US, sparking outrage among left-wing politicians.

Commodities

Ghana's Takoradi and its uneasy affair with oil

When the oil began to gush, Ghana was determined to avoid the 'resource curse.' But the prosperity many had hoped for in the coastal city of Sekondi-Takoradi has so far trickled down to just a tiny minority.

Hunger

Famine looming in South Sudan

The UN is warning of a famine in war-torn South Sudan where more than a million people have been displaced. Many can no longer work in the fields in a country where 95 percent of the population depends on farming.

Bilateral relations

China-Japan row 'increasingly difficult to solve by diplomacy'

Over the past months the Sino-Japanese rivalry has gone beyond an island dispute, introducing multiple flashpoints to the delicate bilateral ties and increasing the risk of armed conflict, analyst Yanmei Xie tells DW.

Afghanistan

Taliban 'gaining ground' as Afghan audit drags on

While Kabul is in the midst of an election audit, the Taliban are making territorial gains elsewhere in Afghanistan. While of lesser strategic value, these gains are of symbolic importance, says ICG analyst Graeme Smith.

Ukraine

Opinion: EU backs words with actions on Russia sanctions

For months, the EU looked on as Moscow destabilized Eastern Ukraine. But after the downing of MH17, Brussels had no choice but to impose economic sanctions against Russia, says DW's Bernd Riegert.

Ebola Virus

Treating the Ebola virus in Hamburg

Until recently, the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa was far away from Germany. Now, infected patients may come to Hamburg for treatment. But specialists are prepared and hope to gain new insights into the virus.

Art

Disappearing synagogue takes suburbia to task

World-renowned German artist Gregor Schneider has covered a synagogue near Cologne with the façade of a drab suburban house. But by hiding it, he challenges visitors to look more closely at history and memory.

Athletics

Do prosthetic legs provide unfair advantage?

Critics have said that long jumper Markus Rehm's prosthetic leg gives him an advantage over the non-handicapped competition. DW spoke to Stefan Willwacher about the lack of scientific research on the topic.

Democracy

Direct democracy via smartphone

Pia in Argentina has helped create an open-source tool that allows people to debate political issues on their mobile phones. It could revolutionize the way people engage with politics - and cast their vote.

Bundesliga

Determined Lewandowski set for best ever season

Robert Lewandowski has been in fantastic form for Bayern Munich, and the season hasn't even started. Jonathan Harding looks at why.