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Refugees

Turkey considers deploying troops to Syria

ImageThis week, the Turkish government intends to introduce legislation in parliament that would allow a possible deployment of the army in neighboring Syria. The step represents a U-turn in Ankara - and it has Kurds worried.

Natural Disasters

Search suspended on Japan's Mount Ontake

Search operations have been temporarily suspended on a Japanese volcano amid fears of a fresh eruption. Rescuers were trying to recover more than 20 bodies when the search was called off.

Defense

'Germany is fighting at a lower weight'

US Congressman Charlie Dent talks to DW about Germany's security commitments, after Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen admitted that the country would fail to meet its long-term NATO commitments.

Conservation

Global wildlife numbers 'halved in four decades'

A WWF study has found that the world's wildlife population has dropped by more than a half in the past four decades - a far greater drop than identified in a previous report. Human numbers, meanwhile, have doubled.

Court Cases

US court holds Argentina in contempt in debt case

A New York court has held Argentina in contempt of court for illegal actions to avoid repayments to hedge funds that sued the country. Buenos Aires had earlier changed its law to ostensibly sidestep US jurisdiction.

Ebola Virus

Ebola crisis: Is the world up to the challenge?

As the US and the world step up their efforts against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the institutions and practices they rely on are being called into question.

Spain

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence referendum

Spain's Constitutional Court has blocked a referendum to grant independence to the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia. It must now consider the government's request that the vote be declared unconstitutional.

Health

Belgian court upholds rapist Van Den Bleeken's right to die

An court in Belgium has upheld convicted murderer and rapist Frank Van Den Bleeken's approval to be euthanized. He will be the first detainee in the country to be granted the right to euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.

Strikes

Lufthansa pilots ground long-haul flights

Passengers seeking to fly with Lufthansa may face major disruptions as the German airline's pilots have resumed industrial action. Their fifth walkout this year is primarily affecting Frankfurt Airport.

Japan

Japan's factory output takes a surprise dive

The most recent economic data from Japan have suggested the world's third largest economy is facing a hard time recovering from a sales tax hike earlier this year. Both factory output and household spending dropped.

China

Opinion: Alibaba's rivals start to gather

Even though Alibaba broke records with its spectacular stock market debut, its rivals in China are already gathering momentum. They might well give it a run for its money, writes DW columnist Frank Sieren.

Taxes

EU sets out case against Apple tax deals

The European Union's competition watchdog has explained in more detail what its current probe into Apple is based on. It said it strongly believed the firm enjoyed unfair state aid from Ireland through lax tax deals.

Jobs

More Germans in work, but market weaker

Fresh data from the German Labor Agency have shown a slight drop in the unadjusted unemployment rate in Europe's economic powerhouse. But a closer look revealed a weaker job market all the same.

Protests

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters issue ultimatum

Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have spent another night out on the streets to back up their demands for more democracy. They have also threatened to step up the demonstrations if their demands aren't met.

Democracy

Hong Kong protesters blockade streets, 'set deadline'

Protests have been largely peaceful in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy campaigners stayed on the streets for another night. Organizers are reported to have set an ultimatum ahead of China's National Day holiday.

Israel

Netanyahu: Iran a greater threat than 'Islamic State'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attempted to refocus attention on Iran, despite ongoing airstrikes against the "Islamic State." He also called Hamas and IS a branch of the same "poisonous tree."

Opinion

Opinion: Pepper spray instead of true democracy

In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of people protested against Beijing's restrictions on voting reforms, calling for real participation. But the Chinese leadership is not likely to budge, writes DW's Philipp Bilsky.

German Reunification

The day Hans-Dietrich Genscher gave the world goose bumps

Poor lighting, bad sound, a half-finished sentence: Hans-Dietrich Genscher's balcony speech in Prague lasted only seconds, but it was an emotional Big Bang that culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Internet

German state of Bavaria gets its own domain online

As of Tuesday (30.9.2014), web addresses can end in .bayern - for the Free State of Bavaria in Germany. DW looks at what this domain means for Internet users and the amount of interest it could draw.

Sports

Fabian Hambüchen: 'Gymnastics has changed'

Fabian Hambüchen is the most successful gymnast in German history. In an exclusive interview with DW, the 26-year-old speaks about the upcoming World Championships in China, and looks back at his stellar career so far.

Champions League

Shhhh! Bayern Munich set for Champions League game in empty Moscow stadium

It's going to be a unique experience for Bayern on Tuesday when they take on CSKA Moscow in front of rows of empty stands. The Bundesliga club's trip to Russia has already been interrupted by a late-night fire alarm.