The US and other nations, including Arab states, begin air strikes against Islamic State militant targets in Syria, the Pentagon says.
Two Palestinians suspected of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June have been killed by Israeli forces, Israel's military says.
A Chinese court jails Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti for life for separatism, his lawyer says, in a verdict a rights group calls "deplorable".
The Rockefeller family, which made its fortune from oil, is to sell its investments in fossil fuels and put money into clean energy.
Militants linked to Islamic State have seized a French tourist in Algeria and demanded an end to French air strikes in Iraq, France confirms.
Hong Kong students gather in a park in front of government offices, on the second day of a week-long pro-democracy protest.
World leaders including US President Barack Obama are holding what they say is a crucially important summit on climate change at the UN in New York.
People in India's north-east are told to move to higher ground as heavy monsoon rains triggers floods and landslides, killing at least 10 people.
A growing number of Chinese companies are exporting "tools of torture" such as electric shock batons and spiked metal batons, Amnesty says.
An explosion at a fireworks factory in China has killed at least 12 people and injured 33 others, local government officials say.
The man who broke into the White House on Friday had 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car, officials say.
A dispute has broken out between Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands over where the preserved body of a Galapagos giant tortoise should be housed.
Re-elected Prime Minister John Key says a referendum on whether to change the national flag of New Zealand could be held next year.
Police searching for a missing British-born student in Virginia issue an arrest warrant for a man they believe is the last person to see her.
A New Jersey university student was killed after being mauled by a black bear, in what official called an extremely rare attack on a human.
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro invests almost $50m in an initiative to disarm civilians, in an effort to cut down on the country's high murder rate.
The Mexican authorities have issued a new alert about a toxic spill into a river from a copper mine run by the mining giant, Grupo Mexico.
Authorities in Sierra Leone say a three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak has been a success and will not be extended.
Algerian club JS Kabylie are banned for two years from continental tournaments over the death of Albert Ebosse.
BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi plan to cut 700 jobs at a joint coal mining venture in Australia because of tough market conditions.
Afghanistan's President-elect Ashraf Ghani hails the "first democratic transfer of power" as a "big victory" that may secure peace.
Alex Salmond is to address Holyrood for the first time since Scotland rejected independence and is expected to call for the voting age to be lowered.
Researchers meet in London to discuss sea-ice trends, as the Arctic reaches its summer low extent and the Antarctic pushes on to another record high.
A second video has been released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.
David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to persuade his country to join international action against Islamic State militants.
Labour leader Ed Miliband will set out a 10-year plan to make Britain a "world class country" in his final conference speech before the general election.
Troubled supermarket giant Tesco says its new chief financial officer, Alan Stewart, is joining the company immediately, more than two months earlier than originally planned.
The White House announces new treasury department measures aimed at stopping companies avoiding US taxes by merging with overseas firms.
Designer shoe maker Jimmy Choo announces plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange.
A US jury finds Jordan-based Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas, ruling the bank must provide victims of two dozen terrorist attacks with compensation.
Manchester United need two more transfer windows of heavy spending to contend for the title, says ex-defender Phil Neville.
Andy Murray speaks publicly for the first time about comments he made on the eve of the Scottish referendum.
Manchester City keen on Everton youngster Ross Barkley, Man Utd want Ron Vlaar and Real Madrid target Chelsea's Ramires, plus more.
Musical The Lion King takes more money at the box office than any other stage show or cinema release.
The first episode of the fifth series of costume drama Downton Abbey is watched by an average audience of 8.1m on ITV.
Young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner debuts at the top of the US box office chart.
US authorities say Omar Gonzalez, who broke into the White House on Friday evening, had 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car.
Mark Lowen speaks to refugees on Turkey's border with Syria, as the Turkish government says more than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed over in the last three days to try to escape IS militants.
The number of people dying from dengue fever in Malaysia has more than tripled this year compared with 2013, with 250 cases being reported daily.
The Rockefeller family, which made its fortune from oil, is to sell its investments in fossil fuels and put money into clean energy.
The parents of missing Virginia University student Hannah Graham appeal for help as the search for their daughter continues.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the BBC that IS militants will not be defeated until they are fought on the ground.
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have converged on a university campus to begin a week-long boycott of classes.
Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide.
Ukraine's wounded forced to fight for artificial limbs
Pakistan's militants on back foot but still lethal
How lasers have revealed an ancient city beneath the forest
Do appeals for hostages' release help or hurt their chances?
Yemen's road to democracy far from clear
Can the ex-president's comeback succeed?
With New York Fashion Week well underway, most of us won't have the luxury of seeing the shows from the FROW (fashion front row).<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/I8IWjjz8vaQ" height="1" width="1"/>
Mindy Grossman has been the driving force behind making the Home Shopping Network both hip and profitable.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/Km2jzR7AMUc" height="1" width="1"/>
Imagine a gadget that knows your mind better than you do.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/NJMbKsFQdwY" height="1" width="1"/>
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is just two to three millimeters long but its impact is devastating. Of the thousands of mosquito species, this one bears primary responsibility for one of the world's deadliest and fastest growing diseases.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/dh23hFN-SlE" height="1" width="1"/>
When the body comes under attack by flu, dendritic cells rush to the site of infection and identify the alien forms attacking it. Millions raise the alarm and the immune system is fired into action.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/h9piJ6mTb4A" height="1" width="1"/>
Peter Trimble found his formula through trial and error. A design student at the University of Edinburgh, he was aiming to produce an artistic exhibition for a module on sustainability, when he stumbled on "Dupe," a living alternative to concrete.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/ZWCPR1zaxqM" height="1" width="1"/>
Happy-snapping tourists have struggled to capture bioluminescence -- where a chemical reaction causes certain organisms to emit light -- in all its ethereal glory.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/r6GIdFe4Mhw" height="1" width="1"/>
During a NASCAR race, drivers do hundreds of laps at speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour. But the seconds spent during a pit stop -- changing tires and refueling the car -- may be the most crucial moments of any race.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/RrEuZu1fsII" height="1" width="1"/>
Staring out of the glass viewports, three people sit silently in the metal sphere as it continues its descent hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface. The journey will take over an hour and the lights in the little submarine have been turned off.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/gbzJAnLZ7sg" height="1" width="1"/>
David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes. Success for the "Better Together" campaign has saved him from catastrophe: he will not, after all, live on in history as the Prime Minister on whose watch the Scottish nation chose to leave the United Kingdom. But serious questions will now be asked in his party and in the country about his future.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/nIn6zxve_Hg" height="1" width="1"/>
This company creates 3D optical illusions. But when the banks didn't believe in it, it found another way to raise money.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/SapSgb9JlP8" height="1" width="1"/>
Open House festivals allow snooping in homes and landmarks normally closed to public<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/HOjPh7pCKxw" height="1" width="1"/>
Researchers at the University of Leicester have used modern forensic analysis to reveal that Richard III suffered 11 injuries at or near the time of death, according to a study in The Lancet.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/_PCGnd3haSw" height="1" width="1"/>
We are increasingly comfortable with strangers sleeping in our beds, nibbling our leftovers, and taking our prized possessions for a spin. Growing numbers of us are willing to serve as bank, teacher or travel agent to people we have never met, and entrust them to serve us in turn.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/Ulogt_8eNk8" height="1" width="1"/>
Take the fittest driver in Formula One and test him against two of the world's leading triathletes in a high-performance laboratory -- you might be surprised by the results.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/gTGZ68NIf1Q" height="1" width="1"/>
What's the deal with the United Kingdom?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/-uEu3OhK1xU" height="1" width="1"/>
Even death couldn't part two skeletons excavated from a lost chapel in an English county, found with their fingers entwined.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/QpR4aW2ZWGE" height="1" width="1"/>
Sometimes geography gets in the way of power politics. Just when you thought that Ukraine was miles away from Syria, bang -- you find out that they're actually bordering each other.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/7F_8YlwNR68" height="1" width="1"/>
The Scots are talking a lot this week -- perhaps you've heard a little something about an independence referendum -- and that makes us happy.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/MtQAnRKWdOA" height="1" width="1"/>
London, the birthplace of mod style, Saville Row and punk, has long since earned its reputation as the world's most exciting and experimental fashion capital.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/VzlJsAYiBls" height="1" width="1"/>
The referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom is not the only vote about to be made north of the border.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/RJpBeOXTAp8" height="1" width="1"/>
Ambitious plans for a "city in the city" skyscraper that could house apartments, offices, shops and parks have been revealed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/RviL7rElRY0" height="1" width="1"/>
Now that everyone is a smartphone owner, fashion and technology, traditionally uncomfortable bedfellows, are coming together like never before.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/J5cYfUOtRhw" height="1" width="1"/>
Several thousand people in Moscow took to the streets Sunday to protest the war in Ukraine and how the Russian government has handled the crisis there, CNN has learned.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/qzndNMhs_9A" height="1" width="1"/>
Artists and migrants are moving out as once-crumbling neighborhoods go upscale.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/JMBJypKCK-A" height="1" width="1"/>
Personal submarines, jetpacks, even 'walking boats.'<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/WSw8yCmCvhk" height="1" width="1"/>
The news that Scotland has rejected independence from the rest of the United Kingdom -- by a relatively close 55-45 margin -- has reassured financial markets and many governments across the world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/9hlMifKXTWc" height="1" width="1"/>
The future of urban mobility may be one where motorists, pedestrians and cyclists act as one.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/L_ZtMtzXypo" height="1" width="1"/>
Racist abuse on social media shows no sign of diminishing in European football after British police launched an investigation into abusive tweets sent to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/8Tx2myxa6GE" height="1" width="1"/>
During a trip to the mostly Muslim nation of Albania, Pope Francis rebuked militants who act in the name of religion, saying no one can act as the "armor of God."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/IsarGdb6Opg" height="1" width="1"/>
Five people, including a married couple, have been arrested in Europe on suspicion of terrorist activities, a senior Belgian counterterrorism official with knowledge of the case told CNN Sunday.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/81m5yNnVrJ4" height="1" width="1"/>
When Tony Blair heard British aid worker David Haines mention the former prime minister prior to his beheading, it strengthened his resolve to fight ISIS, he said Sunday.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/nOrRDcArmQI" height="1" width="1"/>
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong continues to bring more rain than wind as it moves across Asia.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/Cjhuhyl-TCA" height="1" width="1"/>
Pressure is inescapable in the cauldron of Ryder Cup competition -- pressure and ping pong. The world's best golfers need to blow off steam during the sport's ultimate team event, and table tennis is a popular stress-reliever off the course.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/92YftZ_kNDA" height="1" width="1"/>
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning pleaded Saturday with ISIS to release him, describing her husband as a "peaceful, selfless man."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/EmoFi3hfVXc" height="1" width="1"/>
A third Russian humanitarian-aid convoy crossed the Ukrainian border Saturday and is moving to an unspecified destination in southeastern Ukraine, Russia's state-run Itar-Tass reported.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/gGGzctKQmnc" height="1" width="1"/>
A group of 150 Iraqi refugees arrived at a Paris airport Saturday aboard a French aircraft that had delivered aid to the war-ravaged nation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/edition_europe/~4/DJW5j-oRGdo" height="1" width="1"/>
Officials in Paris have confirmed that a French citizen was kidnapped in Algeria. In a video from the captors, a man appears, saying he is the hostage, urging an end to French airstrikes against"IS"targets.
The Erasmus program has given Europe a million babies. A study of the 27-year-old student exchange showed that over a quarter of people who took part had met their current life partner during their studies abroad.
Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russia separatists have created a buffer zone as part of a ceasefire agreement. Expert Joerg Forbrig tells DW that Kyiv now faces an unresolved, frozen conflict in its eastern region.
European officials are meeting in Milan to assess their resources to fight Ebola. They hope to plan a coordinated response to the most widespread outbreak of the virus in known history.
Ukrainian officials say government troops are preparing to pull out artillery and heavy armored vehicles from an agreed buffer zone. This comes as a fragile truce imposed on September 5 appears to be holding.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls'visit to Germany isn't an easy one given that Franco-German relations are strained to say the least. Ulrike Guerot calls for more understanding from Berlin.
Thousands of demonstrators have marched through the Russian capital of Moscow to protest Russia's reported participation in the Ukraine conflict. Fighting in Donetsk has died down following heavy overnight gunfire.
In remarks made during a brief trip to Albania, Pope Francis has condemned the use of religion as a pretext to justify violence. He praised the country for promoting the peaceful co-existence of different faiths.
Pope Francis is in Albania on a visit intended to promote interfaith harmony. He is to meet with heads of a number of religious communities during his 11-hour stay.
For the first time in six months, opposition activists in Russia have called on people to join peace marches against Moscow's Ukraine policies and its propaganda machine. But there is little appetite for protest.
NATO's top military commander has called the truce between Ukraine's military and pro-Russia separatists a'ceasefire in name only.'US General Philip Breedlove said Russian forces were still operating inside Ukraine.
The UK government has pledged£12m (15 million euros) in a bid to control the growing number of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the English Channel from Calais to Britain.
Despite preparations for the newly-agreed'buffer area,'Russia appears to be straining new peace plans after sending a third convoy to the Ukraine border. Explosions continue to be heard around rebel-held Donetsk.
Sighs of relief all round in Brussels after Scotland's independence vote - but why, you may ask? Scotland has shown how independence movements can pay off for regions seeking more autonomy, writes DW's Max Hofmann.
Belgian authorities have reportedly foiled attacks by jihadist fighters returning home from Syria and by sympathizers of the"Islamic State."Several arrests have been made, according to a Belgian newspaper.
In a request for"mutual respect and support"between Scots, Queen Elizabeth II has urged for unity in the UK in light of Scotland's vote against independence. She had previously declined to comment on the referendum.
Catalonia's regional parliament has passed a law authorizing a non-binding"consultation"on independence from Spain. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to block the vote at all costs.
Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond has resigned as leader of the SNP and as Scotland's First Minister after losing Thursday's historic independence referendum.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to French politics. According to a Facebook post, the ex-head of state is setting his sights on UMP party leadership in time for the 2017 presidential election.
After a close'No'vote for Scottish independence, many governments in Europe breathe a sigh of relief. But other regions are now calling for a referendum.
European asylum policy is a messy compromise that has led to vast suffering on the EU's external borders. But having become used to our prosperity, we wouldn't have it any other way.
Every year, some 30,000 people attempt to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and a shocking number die on the mountain. The reason, say locals, is overcrowding, foolhardiness and a lack of respect for the White Lady.
Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death.
Catalonia wants to join Scotland in holding an independence referendum. But the Spanish constitution doesn't allow for secession. Nationalists in Barcelona are prepared to push the vote through anyway.
The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine appears to be holding, but President Vladimir Putin still has the upper hand. Increasingly, it looks like he intends to establish a Russian protectorate in eastern Ukraine.
The debate over Germany's insistence on euro-zone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone.
Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype.
With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance.
As the Ukrainian army closes in on Donetsk, shelling in the metropolis has become much more frequent -- and deadly. Many residents have left, but those who remain seem unsure what to make of the conflict. Resignation is widespread.
President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how the move will ultimately be judged. A trip through Crimea provides some answers.
Not long ago, only a few people would make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Now, over 200,000 people a year spend several grueling weeks along the route. Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds, but the rewards are still vast.
There's an eerie silence at the MH 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, even as a civil war and propaganda battles rage around it. Few here seem concerned that the investigation into the tragedy could influence future ties with Europe.
It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the first true economic sanctions against Russia. The Americans want further action, but it is impossible to know if punitive measures can sway Vladimir Putin.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen.
The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French.
Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row.
When Moscow-backed troops appeared in Crimea earlier this year, the media dubbed them the "Little Green Men." Now NATO members should ask themselves how they will respond if the soldiers begin appearing in Estonia and Latvia too.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she lacks extensive experience, but is full of confidence.
European leaders agree that the Ukraine crisis has made natural gas supplies from Russia precarious. Yet they are divided over what to do about it. Poland wants a new European energy union, but others seem to be in no hurry.
Western diplomats believe that leading Cossacks could be behind the abduction of two teams of OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine, SPIEGEL has learned. A leading Cossack in the Russian parliament could have the power to free them.