Iraqi forces are creating safe passage routes for civilians trapped by IS by dividing the militant group's territory. Despite that effort, the UN said civilians under IS occupation face "almost unimaginable" danger.
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While the German and French leaders celebrated the close ties between their countries during this week's EU summit, divisions between western and eastern European leaders grew. Christoph Hasselbach reports from Brussels.
Authorities are expecting up to 10,000 demonstrators during the two-day G20 talks next month in the northern German city. Rallies at the weekend focused on failed asylum seekers and a temporary detention center.
Iran and Qatar have expressed support for Saudi Arabia following a suicide bombing near Islam's holiest site. A man who was planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque detonated himself after security forces surrounded him.
The Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian army in response to errant fire into the Golan Heights come as the Jewish state becomes more involved in the civil war. Syria has accused Israel of helping rebels and terrorists.
Syria's government has cited "national reconciliation" for the release of 672 prisoners, including political detainees. Their freedom came ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday.
The Doha government has said a list of 13 demands issued by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states impinges on its sovereignty. The emirate finds itself increasingly isolated after being accused of funding terrorism.
More than 120 people are feared dead after a mountainside collapsed over a village in rural China. Authorities have found 15 bodies in the search for survivors.
German homeowners who install energy-saving insulation are to be granted tax concessions, according to a FAZ news report. The reforms would likely come after September's federal election.
Berlin Zoo's new star attractions landed in the German capital. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, two Chinese giant pandas, will be introduced to the public next week by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Social Democrats appear to have taken a step closer to ruling out a coalition that does not enshrine marriage equality into German law. The Greens, Left and Free Democrats are all on board with that.
Minority rights advocates slammed the city government's decision, accusing it of giving in to right-wing nationalists. Parade organizers remained defiant, insisting they will gather somewhere.
This weekend Albanians elect a new parliament but there are no pictures of the candidates on the streets. Instead, the main boulevard in Tirana is hung with posters wishing people "Happy Ramadan."
President Enrique Pena Nieto's government denies accusations that it has had journalists and activists spied on. Yet the spyware used in recent attacks is sold exclusively to governments.
The UN estimates that more than 3,300 have been killed, and 1.3 million forced to flee violence since last August. Meanwhile, neighboring Angola has expelled 8,000 Congolese refugees seeking an escape from the violence.
Joachim Löw insists the time for experimentation is over as his young team prepares to face Cameroon. The national team coach is expecting the toughest challenge yet against the African champions.
Lewis Hamilton flies through a thrilling final lap to seal pole position in Baku. The Mercedes driver was in scintillating form, with German driver Sebastian Vettel forced to make do with a place on the second row.
The hostile reactions to the opening of a "liberal mosque" in Berlin are no great surprise, says Loay Mudhoon.
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Low-skilled migrant women in Qatar are being imprisoned for being pregnant outside of wedlock because of "zina" laws that criminalize sex outside of a legal marriage. Ana P. Santos reports from Doha.
Whether up in the air, in a container or on the water, Berliners are inventive about alternative ways of living.
This weekend marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It's celebrated with Eid al-Fitr, the "feast of breaking of the fast," which is one of the highest holidays of the year for millions of Muslims across the world.
Two years ago, tens of thousands of refugees crossed the Austrian border into Germany. DW's Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda traveled to the border region and asked if the newcomers feel welcome today.
British photographer Edward Crawford has been mapping the situation in refugee camps in Serbia for several months now. Jan Tomes talked to him about his images and impressions.
From ATOX to vacuum, and radiation in between, engineers have to overcome heaps of issues in spacecraft design. So spare a thought for those trying to do something new, like Reaction Engines and Oxford Space Systems.
From the Monte Cristo swimming challenge in France to celebratory fireworks in Pakistan: Here is this week's news that you might have missed.
To grab people's attention and raise environmental awareness, artists, musicians and activists have turned to more visual ways of getting the message across - including sometimes drastic measures.
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