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Greece

Greek government: 'New elections are likely'

ImageThe prospect of a fresh vote looms after Syriza party hardliners vowed - once again - to reject new austerity measures. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos hopes the latest bailout talks will conclude this week.

Migration

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000

More than 2,000 people have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the International Organization for Migration. The death toll is 20 percent higher than in the same period last year.

NATO

NATO to cut Baltic air patrols by half

NATO said on Tuesday that beginning in September it would be reducing the amount of air patrols in its Baltic mission, used to deter Russian aggression against NATO members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Migration

Saxony seeks to speed up deportations for low-chance asylum seekers

The premier of the eastern German state of Saxony has announced plans to set up a special camp for refugees with little chance of being granted asylum. This comes as Germany grapples with a mounting wave of migrants.

Territorial disputes

Russia submits revised Arctic claim to UN

Russia has submitted a bid to the UN for more than 1 million square kilometers of the Arctic sea shelf. The area has witnessed rival claims by the US, Canada and Norway due to apparent untapped oil and gas resources.

United Kingdom

British police investigate ex-PM child abuse claims

The late Sir Edward Heath, who was prime minister between 1970 and 74, is being investigated for alleged child molestation. A man claims he was raped by the politician, when he was aged 12.

Doping

IAAF 'strongly rejects' mass doping allegations

The world's athletics governing body has described accusations of mass doping as "sensationalist and confusing" and spoken out against the publication of confidential information and "misinformed journalism."

Arab World

Yemeni government: Military base liberated from rebels

The Yemeni government has announced the "liberation of Al-Anad military base" by loyalist troops. It has thanked the Saudi-led coalition that has been targeting the Houthi rebels.

Turkey

Three Turkish soldiers killed in attack blamed on Kurds

Kurdish militants have been blamed for an attack that killed three Turkish soldiers when a roadside bomb exploded. The latest deaths continue a spiral of violence between the militants and the Turkish military.

Natural Disasters

Fires rage on in California

More than 9,000 firefighters, most of them reinforcements from outside California, continue to battle nearly two dozen fires. At least 13,000 have been urged to evacuate their homes, some on mandatory orders.

Children and Families

In Germany, 'mystic' parents get jail time for denying child medical treatment

Germany's highest court has ruled against a woman and her guru boyfriend who were charged with refusing the teenage son's urgently needed cystic fibrosis treatment. They had opted to rely on meditation instead.

South Africa

South African court dismisses fraud charges against Malema

A judge has thrown out a corruption case against South African opposition politician Julius Malema. The firebrand had been facing charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Macedonia

Flash floods leave four dead in western Macedonia

Police are still searching for two people after rain and mud deluged the western town of Tetovo from a nearby mountain. The dead included three children - one of them an 18-month-old toddler.

Israel

Israel arrests most-wanted Jewish extremist

The leader of a Jewish extremist group has been arrested in Israel after a Palestinian baby died in a West Bank arson attack. The arrest follows a recent pledge by Israel to take a tougher stance on Jewish extremism.

Pollution

Environment agency warns of growing traffic problem in Germany

Germany's Federal Environment Agency says cars and trucks on the country's roads are still a major source of greenhouse gases. A new report shows transport is the only sector where emissions are continuing to rise.

Politics

Opinion: Range's revenge

People who act on their convictions are dangerous. Federal Prosecutor Harald Range is not the judiciary, as he thinks, but a political civil servant and has been fired because of his actions, writes Marko Langer.

Internet

Outrage as Range turns Netzpolitik treason storm into constitutional row

Germany's chief prosecutor said the government has interfered in the rule of law out of political expediency. But critics see hypocrisy in his differing policies in pursuing Netzpolitik and the NSA.

Migration

Calais chaos hits European freight companies

Hundreds of billions of euros worth of goods are transported through the French port of Calais every year. But a migrant crisis and striking port workers have made business for freight operators there much harder.

Balkans

Anniversary of Operation Storm: The crimes others committed

Twenty years ago, the Croatian army launched Operation Storm to take control of the Serbian-occupied territory in Croatia. To this day, Serbia and Croatia still disagree about what happened.

Kosovo

Bringing the truth to light – Kosovo parliament votes to set up special court

Kosovo's parliament has approved the establishment of a tribunal for war crimes committed by Albanian fighters during the Kosovo War. It took a lot of hard work to make it happen.

China

Sieren's China: Silk against sand

China's "New Silk Road" project is supposed to prevent further land desertification. And DW's Frank Sieren thinks it's worth a shot.

Literature

Dog shares World War II adventures in novel 'Sirius'

It is said to be the first-ever novel by a dog. "Sirius," Jonathan Crown's tales of a (fictional) Fox Terrier who starred in Hollywood in the 1930s and spied on Nazi Germany, is poised to captivate English readers.

Human Rights

Nemtsova awarded Poland's democracy prize

Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, was awarded Poland's Solidarity Prize. Nemtsov received $1.1 million for championing democracy and human rights.