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.
The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage sites may amount to war crimes, a new resolution adopted by the UN Security Council says. Officials have warned of "cultural cleansing" in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Lawmaker Tobias Ellwood, who tried to save the officer killed in Wednesday's attack in London, has been appointed to the prestigious Privy Council. Constable Keith Palmer was one of four people killed by Khalid Masood.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's terrorist attack in the heart of London and at the cradle of democracy – Westminster. Three people were killed and dozens were injured. The assailant was shot dead by police. Correspondent Lars Bevanger talks about the ongoing investigation.
Defiance and remembrance were the order of the day in Belgium on Wednesday as the country marked one year since triple suicide bombings destroyed part of Brussels airport and a metro station, killing 32 people and wounding hundreds. Teri Schultz followed the ceremonies where many people were still in mourning, while others felt lucky to be there.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament that the London attack suspect was British-born and had been investigated by security forces. The "Islamic State" group later claimed the attacker as one of its "soldiers."