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Disasters

Families of South Korean ferry victims protest as recovery operation goes on

ImageAs the death toll from the capsized South Korean ferry rose above 50, the families of victims began a protest march to the capital, Seoul. They were stopped by police.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis delivers Urbi et Orbi blessing for Easter

Pope Francis has celebrated his second Easter as leader of the Catholic church with thousands of followers in Saint Peter's Square. He called on the warring sides in Syria to negotiate.

France

Four French ex-hostages in Syria arrive back in France

Four French journalists held in Syria since last June have returned to France. They were met by their families, as well as President Francois Hollande.

Pakistan

Prominent TV anchor shot in Pakistan

Hamid Mir, a popular Pakistani television host, has been severely injured after his car came under attack from unidentified gunmen on motorbikes. It is the latest in a wave of attacks on journalists.

Algeria

Algerian soldiers killed in mountain ambush

In the deadliest attack in years, 11 Algerian soldiers have been killed while returning from a mountain patrol. The attack follows last week's presidential poll.

Brazil

Easter shooting sparks protests in Brazil

Demonstrators in Brazil have torched vehicles in the southeastern city of Niteroi to protest the death of a young man. He was hit by crossfire in a gun battle between police and suspected drug traffickers on Good Friday.

Tennis

Angelique Kerber secures Germany's place in the final of the Fed Cup

Germany have advanced to the final of the Fed Cup for the first time in more than two decades. The German women are to face either the Czech Republic or Italy in the final to be played in the autumn.

Bundesliga

Dortmund thump Mainz while Bayern made to work against Braunschweig

Borussia Dortmund have hammered 10-man Mainz 4-2 to keep a firm grasp on the Bundesliga's second-place position. League-winners Bayern Munich had to work much harder for their win over last-placed Eintracht Braunschweig.

Formula One

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won his third consecutive Formula One race, taking the checkered flag at the Chinese Grand Prix. His team-mate, Nico Rosberg came in second.

Ukraine

Unknown takes separatist spotlight in Ukraine

As turmoil continues to grip eastern Ukraine, one separatist has been making a name for himself. Denis Pushilin is the self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People's Republic - and until now was completely unknown.

Ukraine

Donetsk separatists: 'We'll stay until victory'

Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine are refusing to accept an international deal struck in Geneva on Thursday. Instead, they've placed new demands on the government in Kyiv. The city of Donetsk remains on edge.

Ukraine

Inside the 'Donetsk People's Republic'

In east Ukraine, a pro-Russian group has declared an independent republic from within an occupied building in Donetsk. DW heads inside to hear from leaders and gauge local moods for a planned referendum in May.

Iraq

Christian Iraqis wary of Easter attacks

Over a million Christians have left Iraq in the last decade due to increasing threat from Islamist extremists. Easter is a time of particular caution, as those who attend mass can make for easy targets.

Democracy

Observers take a critical look at elections

German election monitors are at work worldwide. Since 2002, more than 3,700 have been posted on missions, particularly by the OSCE. But not all countries welcome the detailed reports by monitors.

Development Aid

EU undermines its own development policies

The EU is one of the largest donors of development aid, but these policies have not played much of a role in the European election campaign. Economic interests, meanwhile, are jeopardizing its effectiveness.

Palestinian Territories

Palestinians dig deep for economic independence

The Palestinian Authority has unveiled plans to explore for oil in the West Bank, which it says is a key step toward developing the local economy and gaining independence from Israel.

Bilateral relations

Trade, security top Obama's agenda in Japan

In light of an expanding China and economic challenges, Japan and the US "intend to overcome mutual differences and together forge a sturdy economic order for Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century" with Obama's visit.

Elections

Afghan presidential hopeful would 'sign deal with US'

In an exclusive interview with DW, former World Bank adviser and Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai talks about his country's economy, the Taliban, and the pending bilateral security deal with the US.

Justice

Kenyans' long wait for justice

The trial of Kenyan President Kenyatta at the World Criminal Court is threatening to collapse due to lack of evidence. Survivors of the 2007 post-election violence fear they will be denied justice.

Economy

Sudan courts German investors

Violence and sanctions have taken their toll on Sudan's image among European investors. Many don't want to do business with Khartoum. Now Sudan is trying to change that and is particularly looking towards Germany.

Media

Who's afraid of Google?

Some German publishers, including Axel Springer, see themselves as David, taking on the giant Google in a battle for supremacy in the digital information and advertising market. In terms of revenue, the analogy fits.