An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water.
There are two main types of islands in the sea: continental islands and oceanic islands. There are also artificial islands. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, for instance the Philippines. An island may be described as such despite the presence of an artificial land bridge, for example Singapore and its causeway. Some places may even retain "island" in their names for historical reasons after being connected to a larger landmass by a wide land bridge, such as Coney Island and Coronado Island, though these are strictly tied islands. Conversely, when a piece of land is separated from the mainland by a man-made canal, for example the Peloponnese by the Corinth Canal, it is generally not considered an island. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "island".
Taiwan's president has apologized after a power outage plunged homes, traffic and offices into darkness across the island. The blackout, which was caused by human error, left millions without power amid sweltering heat.
Trade between the EU and Russia has dropped off sharply since sanctions were imposed on Russia in 2014 for its actions in Ukraine. Even so, many German businesses, like some on the island of Rügen, had expected to see a slight rise in exports this year.
Trade between the EU and Russia has dropped off sharply since sanctions were imposed on Russia in 2014 for its actions in Ukraine. Even so, many German businesses, like some on the island of Rügen, had expected to see a slight rise in exports this year - but new US sanctions have called that into question.
Last month a conference aimed at ending Cyprus's frozen conflict collapsed despite the personal intervention of the UN Secretary General. The conference had been billed as the best chance to reunify the Mediterranean island, which has been divided for over 40 years. But despite the setback, people on the island are hopeful there'll be a new chance to find peace. Nathan Morley reports from Nicosia.
Waste management is poor in Zanzibar: Because there's no state service to take care of rubbish on the Tanzanian island, residents often just throw it onto the streets. Now one citizen from the suburbs of Stone Town Zanzibar has decided to do something about it.