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World's longest-reigning monarch celebrates 91st birthday

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 91 on Friday, has been handing over duties to others in the royal family (Peter Nicholls / AFP).
22 Apr 2017
The sound of a gun salute tore through central London on Friday to celebrate the 91st birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with the world's longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger...

South Sudan war strains Uganda's generous refugee policy

Uganda has been praised for its warm welcome for refugees but local communities and aid agencies are buckling under the strain (Isaac Kasamani / AFP photo).
20 Apr 2017
Uganda has been praised for its warm welcome of refugees, but as civil war in neighbouring South Sudan continues to push more than 2,000 people a day into the country, local communities and aid agencies are buckling under the strain....

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Sparring images: French presidential candidates (from left) Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon and Emmanuel Macron will be seeking to paint themselves as leadership material in their first TV debate on Monday (Valery Hacheafp / AFP).
15 Apr 2017
DW: Opinion polls were wrong about the Brexit referendum, the US presidential election and the Dutch parliamentary elections. What does this mean for the presidential vote in France? Stephane Wahnich*: As pollsters, we currently do not...

Jordan's king to present Arabs' view on peace at White House

04 Apr 2017
Jordan's King Abdullah II will be able to deliver an Arab consensus on Mideast peace when he meets with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, after a recent summit hosted by the monarch renewed an Arab offer of...

Counting Americans: possibility of new Mideast box on census

Muslim woman Samantha Elauf (R), who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008, stands with her mother Majda outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, February 25, 2015.
21 Mar 2017
Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she? Yes, she...

Islam fastest growing religion: Pew study

20 Mar 2017
Islam is the world's fastest growing religion - and not just in Muslim majority nations: 10% of all Europeans are projected to be members of the Muslim faith by 2050, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Why? Muslim women...

Leaders meet for pretrial conference over German colonial-era Namibian genocide

Herero tribal representatives gather on the hill from which German General Lothar von Trotha gave the order to open fire on October 2, 1904. Historians say this marked the start of the genocide. German colonial troops were responsible for the deaths of more than 80,000 members of Herero and Nama ethnic groups. These crimes are regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century (JBatz / DPA / DW).
16 Mar 2017
In January, traditional Namibian leaders filed a complaint against Germany with a US court demanding compensation for colonial-era genocide. The plaintiffs lawyers and the judge are to meet in New York on March 16 to discuss a possible...

New head of AU commission: Chad's former PM Moussa Faki Mahamat

14 Mar 2017
A seasoned diplomat and politician, 56-year-old Moussa Faki Mahamat is no stranger to the challenges presented by the top job he was elected to on January 30. He is seen as the architect of Chad’s nomination to the United Nations...

100 years later, debate goes on over Russia's last tsar

Tsar Nicolas II, Emperor of Russia, with titles of "Grand Duke of Finland and titular King of Poland", reviews troops in Poland during the World War I (Historial de Péronne / AFP).
13 Mar 2017
Saint or playboy? Blood-stained autocrat or family man; incompetent leader or just a victim of circumstance? One century after he ended Romanov rule, Russia's last tsar still prompts heated debate. Nicholas II abdicated on March 2,...

Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates

12 Mar 2017
Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres. President...