Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy starts to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, taking direct control of Catalonia. Barcelona previously vowed to fast-track its independence bid if self-rule were withdrawn.
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In the Catalan independence crisis, language and schools are at the heart of the confrontation.
Lombardy and Veneto hold referendums on Sunday in a bid for more autonomy from Rome.
Munich police have detained a suspected knife-wielding assailant after several people were attacked and injured in various locations across the Bavarian city. The attacks prompted a city-wide manhunt.
An international team of experts has dismissed prostate cancer as official cause of death for Pablo Neruda, Chilean Nobel Prize winner. For decades, his family and associates have claimed Neruda was poisoned.
A confidential NATO report has questioned the alliance's ability to defend against a Russian attack. Eastern European members of the alliance fear Russian aggression.
Andrej Babis, a Czech billionaire compared to Donald Trump for his attacks on established political parties and the EU, looks likely to become the country's next leader after elections. Tim Gosling reports from Prague.
German consulates are contracting out more and more visa application services, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Critics fear the practice could increase the risk of data leaks - and the temptation to corruption.
A botched raid has left more than 50 soldiers and policemen dead, according to reports. Cairo has struggled to contain an insurgency since its military led a coup against Egypt's first democratically-elected leader.
Austria’s new ban on covering the face was meant to target the burqa. But the law has had police responding to a Lego Ninja, a man dressed as a shark and even the parliamentary mascot.
The World Health Organization has named Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a 'goodwill ambassador,' drawing criticism from health and rights organizations. Zimbabwe's health system has collapsed under Mugabe's rule.
With more than 1,000 agents, police in Brazil have launched the largest operation against pedophilia networks in South America. More than 100 people have been arrested across the country.
At least 39 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul. A separate bombing at a Sunni mosque in Afghanistan's central province of Ghor left 33 dead.
Dozens of British citizens have been identified after making fake claims of food poisoning to pay for their holidays in Spain. British authorities have vowed to punish those involved in the criminal scheme.
The world record for the biggest doner kebab has been broken in Berlin. It is a fitting title for the city where the sandwich was invented.
Police in the southern African country have detained 140 people linked to mob attacks on people accused of being blood-sucking 'vampires.' Nine people have been killed after rumors of evil spirits spread.
After cellphone networks were knocked out by two hurricanes, residents can now access the web from the stratosphere. The service is powered by two helium balloons hovering 18 kilometers (11 miles) above land.
Theresa May has not left Brussels empty-handed, but at the end of a two-day EU summit, the bloc still lacks "all the details we need." EU leaders remained at odds on some internal reforms, as well.
A Serbian commander from the Kosovo War has been offered a job teaching at Belgrade's military academy. The government is not bothered by the fact he was jailed for war crimes. It is simply playing the nationalist card.
The EU doesn't need grand visions; it needs practical solutions to the problems it faces, says Christoph Hasselbach.
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Some 100 years after the October Revolution began in St. Petersburg, Russian photographer Vladislav Karpyuk still finds traces of that pivotal moment in history when Lenin and the Bolsheviks overthrew the government.
Germany's wild boars can be dangerous when they enter urban areas. Residents from Heide, a small northern German town, found that out for themselves on Friday morning.
The great ape teeth found in Eppelsheim last year could topple the understanding of our earliest history. Herbert Lutz, head of the excavation team, tells DW what the find means to him - and how it almost didn’t happen.
Pollution kills more people each year than wars, disasters and hunger, also causing huge economic damage, a study says. Almost half the total deaths occur in just two countries.
Another touch of class from Leon Goretzka lit up an otherwise forgettable game. The Germany midfielder’s delightful dink made it four goals in nine league games for him and set Schalke on the way to a 2-0 win.
With millions celebrating in the Indian capital, authorities banned the sale of fireworks to prevent an air pollution crisis. But the night after devotees commemorated Diwali, pollution rose to alarming levels.
The number of people in Africa suffering from hunger had been receding for some years. But it is now on the rise again. 26 million Africans face starvation. A special series by DW Africa explains why.
Ongoing government pressure is chilling Turkey’s art scene.
The northern Syrian city of Raqqa, one of the last IS strongholds, is falling to allied forces.
No one's too old to learn to read and write. Elderly women in an Indian village are proving it.
El Hierro, in the Canary Islands aims to produce all its electricity from renewables.
Oysters are a cheap and delicious snack in a Mexican village.
Digital nomads are bringing their e-work to vacation spots, like the idyllic island of Bali.
Some refugees can now find asylum in Italy via a safe and legal humanitarian corridor.
Suriname’s virgin rainforest is shrinking by the day, and that’s affecting the country’s wildlife.
Sweden is known for its traditional herring usually served with mashed potatoes and pickled cabbage
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