The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) is a Sunni Islamist rebel group which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. It is also active in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, among other places.
The United Nations has accused "IS" of committing human rights abuses, mass executions and war crimes. The terror group is known for its social media and web propaganda, which includes online videos of the beheadings of soldiers, journalists and aid workers. It is largely financed by income from the oil fields in Syria and Iraq, and private donations, often from the Gulf states Qatar and Saudi Arabia. DW's recent content tagged with "Islamic State" or "IS" appears on this page.
Austrians were at the polls last Sunday and were perhaps guaranteed to deliver a surprise whatever the result. The winner would either be the EU’s first far right head-of-state or first Green President. As it turns out it is the former Green party leader, Alexander Van der Bellen, who will take up post. Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna on an election watched in all European capitals.