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European Union

EU examines 2015 budgets, Italy peeved

ImageItalian Premier Renzi has threatened to spotlight the costs of running Brussels institutions as EU leaders turn to debating budgetary plans for 2015 on day two of their summit. Italy and France are pushing for leeway.


Footage shows gunman storming Canada's parliament

Police in Canada have released dramatic security footage of a gunman as he stormed into parliament after shooting a solider dead. Investigations are continuing into the assailant's background and motive.


Mexico governor moves aside after Iguala disappearances

The governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero has stood aside amid growing criticism. A police failure to explain the disappearance of dozens of students, and the deaths of six others, has led to repeated protests.


Nigeria media: Boko Haram kidnaps more women and girls

According to reports from Nigeria, Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped dozens of women and girls. The events throw further doubt on talks supposed to result in the freedom of 200 other young women taken in April.

Bilateral relations

China and Japan strive to improve ties

After four years of strained diplomatic relations, Beijing and Tokyo appear to be making efforts to heal the rift. Analysts warn, however, that the relationship will remain fractious for years to come.

Consumer Affairs

German consumer confidence stops falling

Not that geopolitical tensions in many regions of the world have become less virulent, but German consumers appear to be less fazed by them now, market researchers say. Household confidence levels are slightly up.


Aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon drying up

The aid sources for Syrian refugees in Lebanon are threatening to dry up because of the multiplying crises around the world. Aid organization World Vision spoke to DW about the potential consequences.


Sweden calls off hunt for suspected foreign submarine

Sweden has called off a weeklong search for a suspected foreign submarine in waters off the coast of Stockholm. The hunt was launched after a report of "foreign underwater activity."


Asian infrastructure bank gets big support

The launch of a China-dominated Asian infrastructure bank has received the backing of 21 nations in the region. But it has also drawn criticism from the West, where it's seen as a threat to the World Bank and others.

Corporate Reports

Amazon in for 'blue Christmas' season?

US online retail giant Amazon has reported a hefty net loss for the third quarter, sending its shares into a downward spiral. The company said the negative result was due to heavy investment in new products.


The Pineda Clan: a criminal dynasty in Mexico

The former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, had been accused of suspicious business dealings. Critics point to his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, who belongs to a clan linked to organized crime.

Corporate Reports

BASF lowers 2015 operating profit outlook

Germany's BASF has reported growing sales for the third quarter amid a difficult business environment. But it warned it might not be able to meet earlier operating profit targets next year.

Ebola Virus

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola

A doctor who recently returned to New York City after treating patients with Ebola in Guinea has tested positive for the disease. Three contacts of the man are under observation


Opinion: Mexico's uprising for the rule of law

Four weeks after the alleged massacre in Iguala, the perpetrators have been named and warrants issued for their arrest. But the protests will continue - rightly so, says DW's Uta Thofern.

EURO 2016

Serbia awarded win, but no points - Albania to appeal

After last week's abandonment of the game between Serbia and Albania, a decision has finally been made. Serbia will get the win - but not the points - and Albania has appealed.

Europa League

Five star Gladbach, de Bruyne leads Wolfsburg to spirited win

Both in desperate need of a Europa-League win, Wolfsburg and Gladbach picked up three points in two goal-rich victories. Wolfsburg worked hard to overcome Krasnodar 4-2, while Gladbach eventually won 5-0.