· US admits it killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes
The Obama administration has acknowledged that it has killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes since 2009. The targeted killing of a US citizen in 2011 caused major controversy in the US.
· The corporate tax tricks of 'Big Business'
Global companies, like Apple, have a plethora of possibilities to avoid paying taxes. Mostly, they use loopholes created by lawmakers. Now, these tax dodging schemes are coming under scrutiny.
· Will the EU roll back renewables to cut energy costs?
EU leaders want to see energy get cheaper to keep European industries competititve. But how to do it without compromising climate goals is controversial. Does it mean a return to fossil fuels?
· Amnesty International: refugees, migrants face rights challenges
Amnesty International has released its annual report assessing human rights around the world. In this year's report, Amnesty says refuges and migrants in crisis areas were particularly vulnerable for human rights abuses.
· EU leaders move to end costly tax evasion
EU leaders have have taken a major step to curb tax cheats, pledging to do more to stop companies actively avoiding taxes. The bloc's latest actions pave the way to ending banking secrecy among its 27 members.
· Widely regarded German lyricist Sarah Kirsch dies
Publishers have announced the death of Sarah Kirsch, one of Germany's best, politically astute women poets of modern times. Kirsch quit former East Germany for the West in 1977 after criticizing its communist rulers.
· Turkey shuts border, battle rages for Qusair
Turkey has shut its last border crossing near forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's opposition has urged rebels to reinforce the town of Qusair near Lebanon as Assad's forces press a four-day assault.
· Defense ministry was aware of Euro Hawk doubts
The Euro Hawk is still making waves in Germany, even after the defense ministry pulled the plug on the surveillance drone project last week. The problems were obvious long before the debacle.
· Death of London man believed to be 'terror-related'
Two attackers armed with knives have killed a man, reportedly a soldier, near an army barracks in London. UK officials are reportedly treating the incident as a matter of national security.
· Zimbabwe's president signs new constitution into law
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has signed into law the country's new constitution which aims to bolster human rights and curb presidential powers. As a next step, lawmakers must set a date for general elections.
· World Bank pledges aid for Great Lakes region
On a trip to Africa's Great Lakes region, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced 1 billion dollars would be made available for development projects. Meanwhile fighting has resumed in eastern DRC.
· US Fed to stick with monetary policy
The United States Federal Reserve Bank is likely to maintain its monetary stimulus for the country's economy. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke has said the US job market is still too weak to end the stimulus efforts.
· FBI agent fatally shoots suspect in Boston bombing probe
A man allegedly linked to the Boston Marathon bombers has been killed by an FBI agent. He reportedly knew one of the suspects behind last month's bombings in Boston.
· Youth rioting in Stockholm, PM calls for calm
Rioters have set fire to 30 cars and torched a school and a nursery in poor immigrant suburbs of Stockholm. Three nights of unrest in one of Europe's richest capitals has marred Sweden's reputation for social justice.
· China releases German ahead of Li's Berlin trip
Chinese authorities have released German citizen Nils Jennrich, who had been accused of evading taxes. The decision comes just a few days before Chinese PM Li Keqiang holds political talks in Berlin.
· Sony mulls selling part of entertainment business
Sony has said it is examining a plan to sell off part of its movies and music business. The proposal was made by Sony's biggest shareholder who wants the struggling Japanese electronics giant to regain profitability.
· Ai Weiwei mocks Chinese government in new music video
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has released a satirical music video about his imprisonment in China on a tax-eviction charge. Ai sings the explicit song in Chinese and mocks state power.
· We can't allow the search for a cure for HIV to 'get in the way of access to antiretrovirals'
Top AIDS scientists are in Paris to mark the 30th anniversary of the detection of HIV. One of them is Sharon Lewin. Her work on latent HIV cells could lead to a cure, but she warns it's a "tough ask."
· Risky military options for US in Syria
US senators continue to pressure the Obama administration to intervene directly in Syria's increasingly Balkanized civil war. But all the military options at Washington's disposal carry major risks.
· High energy costs drive German firms to US
Soaring German energy costs in the wake of the country's transition to renewable energy have seen more and more firms thinking abut relocating their operations. The US looks like a sound alternative, associations claim.
· Not all Sierra Leoneans enjoy economic growth benefits
Sierra Leone has one of the world's fastest growing economies, according to an International Monetary Fund report. But the post-civil war boom has not yet brought benefits for everyone.
· Bundesliga brings soccer back home
Just moments after an English Championship playoff tussle on Sunday, London’s Wembley Stadium began to prepare to host the UEFA Champions League final. Logos were changed and different corporate advertisements posted.
· France weighs smartphone tax as culture subsidy
Who should pay for culture? France has long supported hefty state subsidies, like boosting filmmakers' budgets and paying artists unemployment benefits. Now in the digital age, France is adjusting its approach.
· Spain replants after centuries of deforestation
Centuries of deforestation have turned Spain's lush forests into barren scrublands, making them vulnerable to erosion. But volunteers are working to revive the landscape and protect local water sources.
· A Kurdish Spring in Syria
Much has changed for the Kurds, Syria's biggest ethnic minority, since the start of the revolution. Oppressed under President Assad, they're now more confident than ever - politically, militarily, and culturally.
· German students are poorly prepared for the job market
Almost one-in-four apprentices in Germany drop out of their training programs, and many intern and training positions remain open. Vocational training specialist Felix Rauner talks about the reasons for this problem.
· Bundesliga matches sporting success with commercial gains
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will square off in the Champions League final at Wembley. Saturday's game is the best evidence of a general resurgence in German football and the Bundesliga.
· Typically German? The power of clichés
Germans drink beer, Cretans lie and the French eat frogs: Old clichés still have an impact on the way we view each other. But what's behind them? DW speaks with a stereotype expert.
· Parties struggle to gain influence in Karachi
The southern city of Karachi is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. For two decades a liberal party has had control over the Pakistani city, but now it seems the party is losing its grip on the city.
· Who was Wagner? On the composer's 200th birthday
The poet, director, conductor, author and, most importantly, composer, born on May 22, 1813 in Leipzig, remains a riddle to many. Two hundred years after his birth, the debate goes on.
· 'Not stupid, just different': raising awareness of Down syndrome
An estimated 50,000 people live with Down syndrome in Germany, and many of them feel marginalized in their everyday lives. Now a famous German TV host is working to raise awareness for them.
· Little hope for Greece's jobless youth
Nearly two-thirds of young Greeks are currently jobless. The unemployment rate in the country has reached a record 27 percent. Experts are warning of dramatic consequences for Greek society.
· Mats Hummels pledges loyalty to Borussia Dortmund
German international defender Mats Hummels has said he's staying with Borussia Dortmund, seeking to calm rumors that he could be next out the door. Mario Götze is going to Bayern, Robert Lewandoswki might also leave.
· Seeing the eye as a window to disease elsewhere
People with bad vision tend to go to the ophthalmologist, but their actual problems may lie somewhere else. Ophthalmologists are able to recognize other illnesses through the eyes.
· 'Professional self-publishing' no longer oxymoron
Self-publishing is becoming much more than a way to see your name in print. Some German authors are selling so many books themselves that publishing houses are taking the DIY method seriously.
· Turkey invests big in nuclear power
While other EU countries are increasingly investing in renewables, Turkey is planning three new nuclear power stations. The country's aim is to turn from being a net importer to a net exporter of energy.
· Living above Germany's old nuclear waste
A German law has recently come into effect ordering the cleanup of 126,000 barrels of radioactive waste at the Asse nuclear dump site. But it seems the process could take a lot longer than locals initially hoped for.
· How to doctor your doctorate in Iran
In Iran, your PhD is just a mouse click away – at least that's what all the Internet ads promise. Plagiarism is so yesterday; in the Internet Age, the magic word is 'ghostwriter.'
· EU mulls scrapping its one- and two-cent coins
The one- and two-euro cent coins are facing criticism: their production and distribution is considered much too expensive, which is why the EU Commission is considering scrapping the coppers.
· ESC 2013: Triumph of the barefoot elf
Denmark's Emmelie de Forest could hardly contain herself. She won the Eurovision Song Contest with 281 points, leaving her competitors closely behind. In second and third place were Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
· Drone use raises ethical questions in Germany
Unmanned weapons systems are fast becoming an indispensable aspect of modern warfare. But their use raises ethical questions which Germany has just begun to address.
· Schalke claim fourth; Düsseldorf are relegated
It was a wild final day of the 2012-13 Bundesliga season as the battle for the last European spots and the fight against relegation were both decided in the final minutes. The biggest winners on the day were Schalke.
· Argentina's 'dirty war' dictator dies in prison
Former Argentine strongman, Jorge Rafael Videla, died Friday in a Buenos Aires prison at the age of 87. During his rule, between 1975 and 1981, an estimated 30,000 people disappeared or were killed.
· Rising EU obesity rings alarm bells in Brussels
Half of EU citizens are overweight. Among these people, serious obesity is on the rise. It's a heavy and expensive burden for national health care systems - and one the EU Commission hopes to stop.
· Ignatieff: 'We have a duty to intervene in Syria'
Political scientist and public intellectual Michael Ignatieff says the international community has a duty to intervene in Syria. He told DW that he sees signs of the emergence of new global security architecture.
· EU study: Gay people still face discrimination
Homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people in Europe remain at a disadvantage, according to a new EU study. In Germany, they often face discrimination, insults and physical attacks.
· German lawmakers calling for more consumer rights on the mobile apps market
German state-level lawmakers agree that consumers should have the right to return mobile apps. But changing the law may do little to help consumers if companies don't do their bit.
· Postcard: Love thy neighbor? Europeans say 'no'
A Pew Research Center study shows public support for the European project has fallen and distrust between countries is growing. And the most down on the EU are the French. This report from John Laurenson in Paris.
· Report: 'US government in GM industry's pocket'
US diplomats lobbied aggressively to support its genetically-modified food industries, a campaign group has revealed in a new report. The US even pushed EU countries to change laws to allow GM crops in.
· Too few stages for Berlin's many musicians
While technically built on sand, Berlin is otherwise built on song. From Bowie to Bach, the Berlin Phil to Berghain, the storied streets of this city resonate with music. DW’s Julian Tompkin goes looking for the source.