Tens of thousands of people converged on Spain's capital Madrid to protest against a swathe of crippling government austerity measures. The measures have been designed to avert the need for a European bailout. The protests came as the Spanish government considered accepting a full-blown bailout from the European Union and international lenders to save it from bankruptcy.
Investigators have decided to drop an inquiry into the death of Yasser Arafat. The former Palestinian leader's widow has insisted that her husband was poisoned in 2004.
A number of governments and human rights organizations have called on Azerbaijan to explain the imprisonment of a prominent journalist in the country. Her former editor told DW she won't be silenced - even behind bars.
Germans throw away 2.8 billion disposable cups each year, according to a lobby group. It's suggesting a 20-cent tax on throw-away coffee cups to encourage people to bring their own - but coffee vendors are outraged.
Think Cinderella and Snow White. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, Germany's nobility began building more prestigious residences to show power. We present 10 of the most beautiful ones - right out of a fairytale.