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Americas

Pyongyang requests probe with US into Sony hacking case

ImageNorth Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the US into the Sony Pictures hacking scandal. The release of a film about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was cancelled following a cyber attack.

Cuba

Raul Castro praises 'removal of obstacle' in US deal

Cuban President Raul Castro has expressed satisfaction with the recent deal between his country and the US, calling for a normalization of bilateral relations. But he insisted that Cuba would retain its socialist system.

Afghanistan

US repatriates four Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has confirmed the release of four Afghan detainees from the Guantanamo military prison. Nineteen prisoners have been freed so far this year, and President Obama has vowed to shut the controversial facility.

Syria

'IS' is executing foreign fighters trying to quit: report

"Islamic State" (IS) has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters for trying to flee from Raqqa, the extremist group’s headquarters in Syria, the Financial Times has reported. Four hundred have reportedly been arrested.

France

French police kill knife-wielding attacker

Police in the French city of Tours have shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife. Anti-terrorist investigators are probing whether the attack had possible radical Islamist motives.

Civil Society

Egypt aims to throttle its civil society

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has passed a number of laws which will effectively weaken the country's civil society. Local NGOs will suffer under the new laws but also foreign ones.

Diplomacy

Russia dismisses new US sanctions as ineffective

Russia has dismissed the latest sanctions imposed on it by the US over its annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin has said his country would not be intimidated or isolated over the Ukraine crisis.

Middle East

Saudi troops kill 'suspected militants' in Shiite town

Security forces have killed four alleged terrorists in Saudi Arabia's Shiite-dominated Awamiya town. The inhabitants of the restive oil-rich region complain of discrimination and demand greater autonomy from Riyadh.

Ebola

Ebola death toll reaches 7,373, over 19,000 infections

Over 7,000 people have died of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea- the three countries worst affected by the disease. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has meanwhile praised healthcare workers for dealing with the outbreak.

Protests

Turkish police use force to break up pro-secular education rally

Turkish police have moved in to forcibly break up a demonstration in the capital, Ankara. The authorities said the protest, organized by a teachers' union, was illegal.

Gaza Strip

After summer war, winter exacerbates hopelessness on the Gaza Strip

Winter is setting upon the Gaza Strip, which was all but destroyed in seven weeks of war between Israel and Hamas. The humanitarian disaster continues for tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and work.

Afghanistan

Record number of Afghan civilians killed in 2014, says UN

The UN mission in Afghanistan has released a new report saying that the country has seen more than 3,100 civilians killed in conflict in 2014. The number is up 19 percent from last year.

Elections

Liberians vote in Senate polls amid Ebola fears

Thousands of Liberians have cast their ballots in the twice-postponed Senate election on Saturday. The concern over the spread of Ebola forced the authorities to delay the vote for two months.

Economy

ECB vice president expects negative eurozone inflation in coming months

A senior official with the European Central Bank has said that he expects the inflation rate in the eurozone to turn negative next year. However, he also said he didn't expect this to develop into a long-term problem.

Armed Conflict

US drone attack in Pakistan kills several militants

A US drone strike in Pakistan has killed several militants in Pakistan's tribal region. This comes just days after the Pakistani Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar, killing almost 150 people.

Asia

China's Xi warns against pro-democracy protests on visit to Macau

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reminded Macau and Hong Kong that pro-democracy protests are not the way forward for both terrorities. He made the comment on a two-day visit to Macau.

Democracy

Opinion: Xenophobia can't be clicked away

Bloggers are suggesting de-friending right-wing PEGIDA supporters on social media platforms such as Facebook. While it might seem like the right thing to do, this will not combat xenophobia, writes DW's Michael Münz.

Bundesliga

Gloom deepens for Klopp and Dortmund, Augsburg beat Gladbach

Dortmund lost in Bremen, moving Werder off the foot of the Bundesliga table. Jürgen Klopp's beleagured side slumped to their 7th away defeat in a miserable first half of the season. Elsewhere, Augsburg beat Gladbach.

Crime

Robbers target luxury department store in Berlin in broad daylight

Berlin’s iconic Kaufhaus des Westens, better known as KaDeWe, has been the target of a bold robbery by four masked men. Several people were treated for injuries after reportedly inhaling teargas.

China

Sieren's China: Shanghai's stock market soars

Investors have rediscovered the Chinese stock market - and this time, the surge in Shanghai stocks might last, says DW columnist Frank Sieren.

Terrorism

Boko Haram: barrage against Western values

Boko Haram has been spreading terror across northeastern Nigeria since 2009. With indiscriminate killings, the militant Islamist sect is seeking to fight Western values and promote an Islamic state.

Terrorism

Ansar Dine: radical Islamists in northern Mali

In March 2012 Tuareg rebels seized control of large parts of northern Mali. Among them were members of Islamist group Ansar Dine. They want to impose a radical version of Islam which is unfamiliar to local people.

Terrorism

A former al-Shabab fighter tells his story

Despite a series of setbacks, the militant group al-Shabab remains one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in Africa. A former al-Shabab member tells DW what made him join the group and why he left it.

Press Releases

"Terror in Africa": DW correspondents reporting from hotspots

For the multimedia series "Terror in Africa," Deutsche Welle correspondents Jan-Philipp Scholz and Adrian Kriesch have visited centers of terrorism in Africa. The series is available on TV, radio and online.