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South African President Zuma announces week of mourning for Mandela
Central African Republic
France begins military operation in Central African Republic
France has begun its military operation in the Central African Republican. The military deployment comes a day after the UN Security Council adopted resolution authorizing French intervention.
Biden defiant over China, North Korea during South Korea visit
US Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated opposition to North Korea's nuclear program and China's newly-declared air defense zone. His comments came during a visit to South Korea, the third leg of his Asia tour.
Al Qaeda-linked group claims Yemen attack on defense ministry
An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Yemen's defense ministry. At least 52 people were killed in the capital on Thursday, with two Germans among the fatalities.
Germany to take in 5,000 further refugees from Syria
Germany has said it will take on a further 5,000 refugees escaping the almost three-year conflict in Syria. The new figure doubles the number of Syrians now offered refuge in the country.
Snowden to speak to European Parliament, delegate claims
US whistleblower Edward Snowden is to give video evidence to the European Parliament, a German assembly member claims. A parliamentary committee session will examine mass-surveillance by intelligence agencies.
Storm Xaver rocks northern Germany
Storm Xaver has barreled down on northern Germany with high winds and flooding as a result of raised sea levels. The storm had already battered northern Britain killing three people.
ECB keeps powder dry to battle weak growth and low inflation in 2014
The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate at a historic low, pausing to assess the impact of its recent rate cut on the eurozone economy. But more monetary action might be needed to spur growth in 2014.
Germany take on US, Portugal, Ghana in Brazil 2014 World Cup
Germany face a mouthwatering clash with their former coach Jürgen Klinsmann in Group G of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As well as Klinsmann's USA, they face Portugal and Ghana.
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.
South Africa faces up to a world without Mandela
South Africans have been mourning the death of their first black president, describing his demise as a great and sad loss for South Africa and the rest of the world.
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.
Ruslana: 'There is no way back'
Ruslana, Ukraine's winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, has cancelled her concert tour to Belgium. Instead, she joined the ranks of protesters on Kyiv's Independence Square, where DW met the activist.
Ukraine a thorn in the side of NATO-Russia ties
If not for disagreements over the situation in Ukraine, NATO and Moscow could be getting along quite well at the moment. At a meeting in Brussels, Russia has called on other nations "not to interfere" in Kyiv.
Opinion: Unease in German-Russian relations
The Petersburg Dialogue, a regular round of informal talks, highlighted the existing dichotomy in German-Russian relations. Participants could not overcome the divide, writes DW’s Ingo Mannteufel.
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.
UN resolution targets strife in Central African Republic
The UN Security Council has approved increased military action by French and African troops in a bid to try to end the violence and chaos in the Central African Republic.
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.
The missing persons of Balochistan
Pakistani activists from Balochistan have demanded that Islamabad locate and return hundreds of 'missing persons' allegedly abducted by security agents. The authorities are reluctant to bring these people to court.
Turkey wins perks for taking back immigrants
The deal between Turkey and the European Union is nearly done and dusted: In return for taking back illegal immigrants to Europe, the EU is prepared to ease restrictions on granting visas to Turkish citizens.
Festsaal Kreuzberg: Berlin's wildest arts venue is better than fiction
It was a venue where odd things happened. Berlin's legedary Festsaal Kreuzberg was an art space that DW's 'Insider' Jan Kage helped defined, by emceeing women's arm wresting fights and befriending the security guard.
'Signpost' project points youth away from radical Salafism
The number of Salafists in Germany is growing. Charismatic preachers successfully recruit young men. The ‘signpost’ project in North Rhine-Westphalia aims to prevent their radicalization.
Smartphone app could help fight Nazi music
German police may soon be armed with a smartphone app to help crack down on far-right music. Dubbed 'Nazi Shazam,' the program has been praised as a handy tool to combat extremism, but some experts are skeptical.
Eco-community battles Greek crisis
In light of Greece's economic crisis, a group of city-dwellers has built a self-sufficient eco-community. As many people struggle with growing food security problems, the group produces its own food and electricity.
Spitak earthquake victims still waiting for help 25 years on
December 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake in Armenia where some 24,000 people died. A quarter of a century later, some 4,500 families are still living in makeshift shelters, waiting for help.