Preliminary official results show Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU ahead with a clear lead over the Social Democrats. The vote has been seen as a test of the mood in the country ahead of federal elections in the fall.
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Media reports have claimed that US President Donald Trump handed Germany's chancellor a NATO defense invoice for more than $300 million. But the White House has dismissed the claims as false.
Anti-corruption protests have been held across dozens of cities in Russia, leading to many arrests. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained as he walked with supporters in Moscow.
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The Trump administration has voiced willingness to work with "moderate Democrats" after a defeat on health care. Democratic leaders have urged the White House to reject conservative hard-liners if it wants their support.
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Turkish citizens may cast their ballot in a referendum on transitioning the country into an executive-style presidential system. Human rights groups have warned of the fallout if the constitutional amendments succeed.
Germany kept their perfect qualifying record intact as they beat Azerbaijan 4-1 in Baku. Andre Schürrle, Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez all found the net for the world champions.
Bulgarians have backed two-time premier Boyko Borisov in a snap election. With newcomer populist groups also claiming seats, Borisov must form a coalition from a fragmented legislature.
South Korean officials have said they plan to request an arrest warrant for ousted President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors questioned her last week over a corruption and abuse of power scandal that led to her impeachment.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd condemned encryption just days after a London terrorist attack, before which the offender reportedly used Whatsapp. She published a long commentary on the issue, as well as a BBC interview.
The opposition in Belarus says it will keep pushing the regime towards dialogue - putting President Lukashenko before a political dilemma. DW spoke to leading opposition activists as a government crackdown continues.
An Egyptian court has handed 56 defendants prison sentences over the deaths of more than 200 migrants, who died after their boat capsized last September in the Mediterranean en route to Europe.
Despite facing charges linked to a fake jobs scandal, French presidential candidate Francois Fillon continues to enjoy support among conservative voters. How is this possible? A visit to his hometown provides the answer.
Thousands of seats remained empty when Germany faced England in Dortmund. Germany's national team manager, Oliver Bierhoff, thinks too much football is having a negative effect on the game.
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