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Oil prices plunge after OPEC leaves output stable

ImageThe Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided not to reduce oil production, despite a huge oversupply in world markets. The move caused global oil prices to drop further.


Indian hanged girls "committed suicide," not gang-raped or murdered, say investigators

Two Indian girls found hung from a tree in May "committed suicide" and were not gang-raped and murdered, federal investigators have concluded. Authorities said their motive was "shame over a relationship with a boy."


Tens of thousands march against austerity measures in Greece

Greece has come to a standstill after tens of thousands of workers took to the streets in a 24-hour nationwide strike. New austerity policies and tax raids have ignited further discontent among the Greek population.


Football legend Pele in 'special care'

Brazilian football hero Pele has been moved to a "special care unit" after being treated for a urinary tract infection. His spokesman, however, told the press that the former player was "completely fine."


Second terror attack in Kabul in one day

The Taliban has launched a second terror attack on the same day in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Explosions and gunfire rocked a city district just hours after several people were killed in a suicide bombing.


Ebola vaccine cAd3-EBO raises hopes in first trial

Good news has been rare when it comes to the Ebola outbreak. Now, there's a glimmer of hope. One vaccine has yielded promising results in humans - even if it has its drawbacks.


Germany profits from immigration

A new study has shown that Germany's social system experiences a financial gain because of immigration while at the same time accruing losses due to a lack of integration.


Ukraine's new parliament re-elects Yatsenyuk as PM

At its opening session, Ukraine's new parliament has elected Arseny Yatsenyuk for a new term as prime minister. He has held the post since February.


Opinion: EU off track in knocking Google

The European Parliament's resolution to break up Google is the wrong approach to increasing online competition, writes DW's Jörg Brunsmann. Making the Internet giant smaller doesn't make the competition bigger.  

Press Freedom

Activists decry Pakistan's Geo TV sentence

An anti-terrorism court has sentenced the head of Pakistan's Geo TV to 26 years in prison for airing a "blasphemous" show. Activists say the courts are being used by the security establishment to muzzle press freedom.

Human Rights

Pussy Riot wins Hannah Arendt Prize

Political punk band, Pussy Riot, has been awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought. A Ukrainian human rights activist was also honored.


Sheep flock to Eiffel Tower in wolf attack protest

Hundreds of sheep have been taken to the foot of the Eiffel Tower in protest of increasing wolf attacks. Farmers say the government should be doing more to protect their livestock.


Economists call for reforms in France, investment in Germany

Leading economists think Europe may be falling into a "stagnation trap." In a much anticipated report, they have unveiled a series of initiatives to help revive growth in the eurozone's two biggest economies.


Germany unveils Ebola evacuation plane in Berlin

The first Airbus refitted to serve as an Ebola evacuation plane has been unveiled in the German capital, Berlin. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he hopes to see it seldom used.


WHO warns on HIV spread in Europe and Central Asia

Health officials say Europe and Central Asia must do more to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with some 136,000 people being infected last year. Russia is particularly at risk, they say.


700 migrants disembark on Crete after perilous boat journey

More than 700 migrants aboard a stricken smuggling ship attempting to reach Europe have begun disembarking on the Greek island of Crete. It is one of the largest refugee boats to make the crossing in recent months.


German consumers in shopping mood

German consumer confidence has improved, a closely watched monthly index by market researchers has shown. The renewed uptick comes ahead of what retailers hope will be a brisk Christmas shopping season.


Opinion: Who needs OPEC?

OPEC was not expected to agree on reducing oil production. DW's Henrik Böhme wonders what kind of authority the institution still holds.

Europa League

Xhaka thunderbolt holds Villarreal to draw, Lukaku overpowers Wolfsburg

Gladbach drew 2-2 in an exciting game in Spain, but needed a win to secure progression. Wolfsburg lost 2-0 at home to Everton, despite playing more of the football and having more of the chances.


Crime novelist PD James dies aged 94

British crime writer PD James has died at the age of 94. She has been praised for bringing realistic modern characters to the classical detective story.


Hughes tragedy shows it's time to start respecting cricket's best

It's meant to be such a gentlemanly game, cricket. But the death of Phillip Hughes shows the sort of risks that batsmen are confronted with on a daily basis. It's something we take for granted, says DW's André Leslie.


Air pollution costing Europe billions

Air pollution is not only unhealthy but also expensive. Hans Bruyninckx of the European Environment Agency tells DW why. His agency's recent report shows staggering annual costs as a result of relatively few companies.


What's worse for your health: Fat or carbohydrates?

Saturated fat is evil, it causes heart disease - that is almost general knowledge. Now US researchers claim to have shown in a study that carbohydrates are even worse. But dietary experts remain unimpressed.