Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks
Several hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say.
Putin: Ukraine on brink of civil war
Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that Ukraine is "on the brink of civil war" as Kiev sends in troops against pro-Russia separatists.
Mini-sub resumes search for plane
A robotic submarine resumes its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean.
China's 7.4% growth beats forecast
China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.
NYPD disbands Muslim 'spying' unit
The New York Police department shutters a secret programme designed to listen to and track Muslims in the city's neighbourhoods to identify threats.
Syria 'torture' photos shown to UN
Members of the UN Security Council view graphic photographs of prisoners allegedly tortured by Syrian government forces.
Bid to extend Mid-East peace talks
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are due to meet to try to extend faltering peace talks beyond a 29 April deadline, the US says.
Boston marks bombing anniversary
Boston marks the anniversary of the deadly bombing at last year's marathon, honouring the dead and lauding the strength of the survivors.
'Mass abduction' at Nigeria school
Armed men have abducted some 100 students from a girls' school in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say.
EU to back alien species blacklist
The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.
Australian NSW leader resigns
New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announces his resignation amid mounting evidence that he failed to declare a gift of $2,800 wine.
William and Kate arrive in Sydney
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and Prince George - arrive in Sydney on the tenth day of their tour of New Zealand and Australia.
Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse
Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.
Five dead in Calgary party stabbing
The son of a long-serving policeman is arrested in connection with the stabbing death of five people at a house party in Calgary, police in the Canadian city say.
Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall
Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.
Chilean residents survey fire damage
Residents of the Chilean city of Valparaiso return to areas burned by a fast-moving forest fire which engulfed parts of the historic port.
Nicaragua on high alert after quakes
Nicaragua is preparing for the possibility of a massive earthquake hitting the nation after a string of smaller tremors rocked the area.
South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub
Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.
Pistorius trial sees Valentine card
Oscar Pistorius' murder trial sees a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was going to give the athlete before he shot her dead.
Hair salon visited over N Korea ad
North Korean officials visit a west London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's image in a poster.
Six killed in India bus fire
At least six people die after the bus they were travelling in caught fire in India's southern state of Karnataka, police say.
Berlusconi to do community service
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi must perform community service in a home for the elderly, following his conviction for tax fraud.
EU safer lorries plan may cut deaths
MEPs overwhelmingly back new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient.
Iraq shuts notorious Abu Ghraib jail
Iraq's government closes the notorious Abu Ghraib prison because of what it says are security concerns.
Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya
Masked gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya in the capital, Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.
Tesco announces 6% fall in profit
UK supermarket giant Tesco announces a 6% fall in annual group trading profit to£3.3bn, the second year that profits have fallen.
'Shocking' rise in use of food banks
Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.
Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP
The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.
Final approval for EU banking reform
MEPs back rules for a banking safety net to minimise the risk of further EU taxpayer-funded bailouts.
China 'must allow currency to rise'
The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United
Arsenal come from behind to beat West Ham and move back above Everton into the top four of the Premier League.
Injured Ronaldo out of cup final
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss his side's Copa del Rey final against rivals Barcelona on Wednesday.
I will not quit - Sunderland boss Poyet
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet dismisses rumours he is about to quit the Premier League strugglers.
Jackson mother must pay AEG's costs
Michael Jackson's mother is ordered by a US court to pay more than $800,000 (£480,000) in trial costs to concert promoter AEG Live.
Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer
Author Donna Tartt is awarded this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for her critically acclaimed third novel The Goldfinch.
Flavor Flav admits attempted battery
Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav pleads guilty to attempted battery after pulling a knife on the teenage son of his girlfriend during an argument.
VIDEO: Third gender recognised in India
India's Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling. Yogita Limaye reports.
AUDIO: Hair salon poster angers N Korea
North Korean officials have paid a visit to a London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's picture in a poster offering haircuts.
VIDEO: Russian Lada 'chases Ukraine tank'
Footage posted online purports to show pro-Russian activists in a Lada confronting a Ukrainian tank.
VIDEO: Migrants jumping fence into Europe
Spain asks for more help from the European Union as the number of migrants illegally scaling the border fence into Spain increases.
VIDEO: Biden: 'We own the finish line'
Boston has marked the first anniversary of the deadly bombing at last year's marathon, honouring the dead and lauding the character and strength of the survivors and the city's residents.
VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 22 - in 60 secs
The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead.
VIDEO: Mass stabbing at Canada college party
Five college student have been killed in a late night knife attack at a house party in Canada.
VIDEO: Kim Il Sung anniversary divides Koreas
Celebrations are held in North Korea to mark the 102nd anniversary of the birth of the country's founding leader Kim il Sung, while protests are held in South Korea to condemn the north's nuclear ambitions.
On a hill, in sight of Europe
Trying to get into Europe from Morocco
VIDEO: The Spanish hamlet being given away for free
The abandoned hamlet its mayor wants to give away
VIDEO: Son of slain Sikh plans US House run
Son of slain Sikh leader running for US Congress
Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria
Somali refugee children's letters of hope to homeless Syrians
Syria: Report shows how foreign fighters use social media
Report shows how foreign fighters in Syria are using social media
India's politicians aren't listening to women
Why women have remained marginal in Indian politics
Deep sea challenge for MH370 search
Mini-sub struggles in search for missing plane
Is Greece finally on the mend?
Greece is on the way to economic recovery as investor faith returns to the recession-ridden eurozone nation, an executive at Greece's largest bank has told CNN.
Lagarde's warning for Europe
IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde tells CNN that Europe can not be complacent over growth and jobs.
A history of defaulting on debt
Jim Boulden looks at countries that have come to the brink, and even defaulted on their debt in the past.
Celebrating Dries Van Noten
CNN special correspondent Myleene Klass visits the Dries Van Noten "Inspiration" exhibition at Paris fashion week.
First day of catwalks in Paris
CNN's Myleene Klass goes behind-the-scenes on the first day of Paris Fashion Week.
Secrets of Louis Vuitton success
On a breezy spring day in 1835, a 13-year-old boy from the Jura region of eastern France set out for the glittering metropolis of Paris to seek his fortune.
This woman gets fired everyday
You've built a cannon. Now you just need a willing participant to crawl inside.
Who wins history's nerdiest battle?
A robot has smashed the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube in the fastest time of 3.25 seconds. Ok, so the brainy bot comes out on top this time-- but are they really that much smarter than us? Roll up your sleeves and check out some of the nerdiest man vs machine competitions of all time...
For $150k you could be Buzz Lightyear
Inventor Glenn Martin admits he appears crazy -- "But it's the crazy people who change the world."
Clockwork boy still enchants us
This incredible mechanical boy can write poetry and draw pictures. Hear his remarkable story.
It claimed 96 lives, but several generations have been affected by the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy -- footballers, fans, grieving families and the survivors. It was a disaster that brought the red and the blue halves of Liverpool together.
Is world tough enough on Putin?
When Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, Western leaders warned Russia against trying the same trick in mainland Ukraine. Russia is now trying the same trick in mainland Ukraine.
'West must not blame itself'
If the choice now is between trying to bring President Putin gradually in from the cold, or containing his worst instincts towards Russia's European neighbors, the latter is the only rational answer, writes Robin Niblett.
A 3D printed house?
Almost every day for the past month, a crowd of curious onlookers has gathered in northern Amsterdam to gawp at three curious structures that will become the world's first 3D printed house.
Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday
Go to the theater? Visit his hometown? Drink like an Elizabethan? Six ways to propose a birthday toast to the bard.
Serious cracks in Putin's empire?
Vladimir Putin is basking in the glory of territorial conquest, enjoying his highest domestic approval ratings since returning as president two years ago.
Kenya double in London Marathon
World record-holder Wilson Kipsang completed a Kenyan double at the London Marathon Sunday as home hope Mo Farah disappointed on his debut over the 42km distance.
Photos: 'Russian military buildup'
NATO has released satellite photos that show the extent of Russia's military mobilization on its border with Ukraine -- including fighter jets, tanks, artillery and thousands of soldiers who are prepared to invade within 12 hours if called upon, say officials.
Museums: Bigger the better?
From the British Museum to the Louvre, the world's leading museums house treasured artifacts and storied works of art. They may protect centuries of culture, but they don't want to be perceived as dusty relics themselves.
The rebuilding of Cyprus
Cyprus, the tiny Mediterranean island bailed out a year ago, remains "in difficulty...but not as bad as one would have expected," its finance minister Harris Georgiades told CNN during an interview in the capital city Nicosia.
The Prince, play date and theft?
Taking your baby along to a new playgroup can be nerve-wracking.
World's top 25 destinations
You blinked and a quarter of the year flew by. It's time to plan a vacation.
Ukraine military attacks
Ukraine's has taken its formal military operation against pro-Russia protesters.
Obama's 4 options on Russia
Frida Ghitis says President Obama needs to stop making empty threats against Russia.
U.N. releases report on Ukraine
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.
Economic war against Ukraine
Paula Newton speaks to Jeffrey Sachs about why Russia appears to want to prevent Ukraine from allying with the West.
Is this a new Banksy?
Clad in brown trench coats, dark glasses and trilby hats, what appear to be three secret agents huddle around a payphone box with listening equipment.
London barbers confronted for Kim Jong Un poster
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's hair is no laughing matter. Not for the country's embassy employees in London, at least.
Silvio Berlusconi to carry out community service
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced by an Italian court to a year of community service after his conviction for tax evasion, a member of his legal team told CNN on Tuesday.
Dutch teen arrested for airline terror tweet
Police arrested a 14-year-old Dutch girl Monday after she tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines that catapulted her into social media fame overnight.
U.N.: Italy's navy rescues 6,000 migrants in four days
The Italian navy has rescued about 6,000 people in the past four days from more than 40 overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean, the United Nations' refugee agency said Friday.
Pope asks forgiveness for priests guilty of sexual abuse
Pope Francis said Friday he feels compelled to "personally ask for forgiveness" for priests who sexually abused children.
Ukraine: Amnesty for protesters
Ukrainian protesters who disarm and leave occupied buildings will not be prosecuted, the country's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov said.
Is Transnistria Russia's next target?
Transnistria is part of Moldova and an unrecognized self-declared country. Is this small territory in Russia's crosshairs next?
Russia: U.S. helped provoke Ukraine unrest
Russian Senator Andrey Klimov tells Fred Pleitgen some in the West blame Russia without looking at their own culpability.
MotoGP: Marc Marquez keeps lead
Defending champion Marc Marquez took an early stranglehold on this year's MotoGP title race by leading a Honda one-two at the Circuit of Americas in Texas Sunday.
Ambassador:'Evidence of Russian involvement'
The military operation in eastern Ukraine is directed against terrorists, not protesters, says Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany, Pavlo Klimkin. He says they will not affect planned talks in Geneva.
Media bias a problem in Ukraine reporting
One-sided? Superficial? Russia sympathizeres and Russia critics report on Ukraine in the German media - and about the difficulty of remaining neutral in reporting.
Putin's Plan"F"for Ukraine
Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine are demanding federalization. Moscow argues the move would unite Ukraine. The government in Kyiv fears the opposite would be the case.
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Ukrainian armed forces have launched a"special operation"against militia in the country's east, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Russian separatists. Russian television has reported four deaths in the fighting.
Not the end of the Red Road for Glasgow
The Red Road flats have been part of Glasgow's skyline for almost 50 years. The high-risers were set to be demolished in order to reshape Glasgow's image, but developers pulled back after a wave of public discontent.
Gunduz:'First the people need to be free'
Independent artists in Turkey have come under renewed pressure from Prime Minister Erdogan. DW talks with dancer Erdem Gunduz - the"standing man"from Taksim Square - and actor Baris Atay about the current situation.
'Migrant Files:'The EU's refugee victims
Again and again, refugees die during an attempt to reach European territory. Now a group of European journalists has found that the EU's lure claims a higher number of casualties than previously thought.
Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi ordered to do community service
An Italian court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service after he was found guilty of tax fraud. The 77-year-old has been spared going to prison due to his advanced age.
Russia warns against use of force against protesters in Ukraine
Russia's foreign minister has said intervention by Ukrainian authorities to stop pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine would set back diplomatic talks. Ukraine has announced an"anti-terrorist"operation in the east.
Rude awakening for Croatia after EU accession
Nine months after joining the European Union, the mood in Croatia is one of crisis. The already low expectations of EU membership have so far not been met. Meanwhile, the political right is playing its own game.
In the 1950s, six European states joined forces to become what we now know as the European Union. Nowadays, after numerous rounds of enlargement, more than 28 countries are EU members. And the process is far from over.
Soft power isn't enough anymore
Russia has lost all credibility after its staging of conflict in eastern Ukraine. The EU may have to respond with harsh sanctions, which is all it can do, DW's Bernd Riegert writes.
The significance of the Donbas
The Donbas is Ukraine's industrial heartland. But its coal-based economy is a heavily-subsidized millstone for Ukraine, not a powerhouse, no matter how important its arms exports might be to the Russian military.
Catholic Malta legalizes same-sex civil unions
Staunchly Catholic Malta has legalized same-sex civil unions and has given gay couples the right to adopt children. The vote comes nearly three years after the Mediterranean island nation legalized divorce.
Putin tells Obama no Russian involvement in Ukraine unrest
In a phone call with US President Obama, Russian President Putin has denied accusations that Moscow stirred up the current unrest in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the White House has confirmed that the CIA director visited Kyiv.
'Russia has organized the events in Ukraine'
The unrest in eastern Ukraine is being orchestrated by Russia, says political scientist Andreas Umland, in order to make the country unstable and disrupt the presidential election.
EU responds to Ukraine events with expanded travel-ban, asset-freeze list
European Union foreign ministers have agreed to expand a list of people subject to sanctions for their roles in the Ukraine crisis. They stopped short, however, of imposing new measures.
Tensions high in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russia separatists gain ground
A standoff continues in eastern Ukraine following the passing of a deadline set out by Kyiv for pro-Russia militias to vacate government buildings. Rebels have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help them.
Landmark UK trial against FGM
The UK's first ever prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act is due to take place this week. Campaigners have welcomed the historic trial, but insist that much more must be done to prevent FGM.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine defy Kyiv's ultimatum
Pro-Russian separatists have ignored Ukraine's ultimatum to vacate government buildings in the east. The country's interim president, meanwhile, has indicated support for a referendum on the region's future structure.
'We Will Shoot Back': All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East
Many in the West believe that Russia is behind the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Kiev on Tuesday launched an offensive to retake control of the region, but the biggest question still looms: Will Russia invade?
Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?
Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election.
'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow
Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length.
Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?
Prime Minister Manuel Valls' job is to save François Hollande's presidency. The new government has committed to some changes. But will it push through the painful reforms the country needs or will it chart a political collision course with Brussels?
A Sober Look: It's Time To Stop Romanticizing Russia
The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vladimir Putin's conservative, anti-Western approach to power.
How Western Is Germany?: Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict
Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German identity. Are we as deeply rooted in the West as most believe?
Estonian Minister: 'No Party Here Would Call for Secession'
Jevgeni Ossinovski, the sole member of the Russian minority serving as a minister in the Estonian government, says he doesn't fear that Vladimir Putin will seek a repeat of Crimea in the Baltics. The Russian minority, he argues, is firmly anchored in Europe.
Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots
Csanád Szegedi was a prominent right-wing extremist in Hungary until he discovered his own Jewish roots in 2012. Since then, he has undergone a radical reinvention and is even learning Hebrew. His grandmother, though, continues to hide her Auschwitz tattoo.
'An Historic Opportunity': Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending
Negotiations to end the division of Cyprus have been ongoing for years. Now, Northern Cyprus Foreign MinisterÖzdil Nami tells SPIEGEL that a deal is close. And he wants Germany to help with reunification.
NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options.
Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane
Werner Christukat, 89, has been indicted for participating in the 1944 massacre perpetrated by the SS in Oradour-sur-Glane. He says he wasn't directly involved. Seventy years after the fact, there are more questions than answers, and proof is elusive.
Leading Candidates Square Off: The Race for Europe's Top Job
This May, European voters will decide for the first time who becomes the president of the European Commission. In a SPIEGEL interview, leading candidates Jean-Claude Juncker, 59, and Martin Schulz, 58, discuss their views on tax havens, euro bonds and the losers in the debt crisis.
Erdogan and the Traitors: Scandal and Protests Threaten Turkey's AKP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing the most difficult challenge of his premiership. Corruption scandals, a weakening economy and a draining battle with the Gülen movement have the leader reeling ahead of important local elections.
Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine
It's not only in Crimea where Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing with fire, but also in eastern Ukraine. The majority of the people in the economically powerful region speak Russian and reject the new government in Kiev.
Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'
Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh says he doesn't believe that war with Russia is imminent. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, he says that many Ukrainians are prepared to serve just the same.
Tight on the Right: Germany's NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda
Germany shuns the right-wing extremist party NPD at home. But even though the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda maintains tight links to the NPD, it has received indirect support from Berlin.
Lap of Luxury: German Firms Spruced Up Yanukovych's Villa
Among the companies that benefited from lucrative contracts to furnish the luxurious villa of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was a Bavarian firm. Although the commissions from the ex leader were in the double digit millions, the firm has since gone bust.
360-Degree Panorama: A Peek Inside Yanukovych's Luxury Villa
After Viktor Yanukovych fled, many Ukrainians were astounded by their former leader's opulent residence. So far images have only been shown of a few rooms. A SPIEGEL ONLINE special with 360-degree panorama photos now offers a walkthrough of the spectacular villa.
Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business
The EU has imposed new sanctions to prevent Vladimir Putin from further escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Berlin has played a leading role in the punitive actions, despite protests from the German business community. There's no turning back for Merkel.
Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet
Since his rise to fame, Islamists have threatened to kill 18-year-old Danish poet Yahya Hassan. They are angered by the portrayals in his writing of his immigrant family background, which he describes as backwards, hypocritical and blinded by religion.