Little Murtaza from Afghanistan had one wish: a jersey with the name and number of his idol, footballer Lionel Messi. Messi sent him one. But instead of being able to enjoy the unexpected gift, Murtaza's family had to flee.
Russian footballers Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev are the subject of a criminal investigation for hooliganism. The pair are accused of carrying out violent attacks in Moscow, which were captured on CCTV.
Women stranded as refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos face daily violence, never-ending asylum procedures and horrible living conditions. DW's Marianna Karakoulaki spoke with some of them about their experiences.
Security has been stepped up as polling begins in Afghanistan's parliamentary election. Germany's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan tells DW he's still optimistic about the country's future.
Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, every election there has been more fraudulent than the last. Experts say that's a consequence of the nation's shaky democratic foundations.
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