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Opinion: Turkey steps up fight against ‘Islamic State’

Turkey has belatedly entered the international battle against the "Islamic State." However, the country needs to fight more than IS in order to ensure peace and stability at home, DW's Seda Serdar writes. Following the July 20 attack on Suruc that killed 32 people, Turkish officials finally decided to take a strong military action against the "Islamic State" (IS). The…

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The impact of China’s new crackdown on civil rights

In what seems to be a crackdown on public dissent, hundreds of Chinese rights lawyers have been detained or interrogated. While temporarily muzzled, the advocates' determination shouldn't be underestimated, say experts. They challenge their country's authorities over human rights violations, frequently reporting about harassment, detentions or abuse of power, and often refusing to back down when told to do so….

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Germany’s culture elite gears up for Bayreuth

It's all about the operas of Richard Wagner – but it's also about dressing up and being seen on the red carpet. The Bayreuth Festival opens with pomp, management changes, and a new production. Heading the list of VIPs at the opening of the Bayreuth Festival on Saturday (25.07.2015) is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, joined by German Parliament President Norbert…

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FIFA announces 2018 World Cup schedule

Just over a year after Germany clinched its fourth World Cup crown in Brazil, FIFA have announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Will Germany be at the final again? FIFA have announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the eve of the qualifying draw in St Petersburg. Kickoff times for…

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Czech town in the path of coal excavators

Considering the carbon emissions from coal, one might imagine expansion of opencast coal mining in Europe to be unthinkable. But this could happen in the Czech Republic, if limits from the early 1990s are lifted. "If you look at this opencast mine, there are two thoughts that spring to mind," says Greenpeace energy campaigner Jan Rovensky as he gazes out…

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Russian football beauty queen stripped of title for neo-Nazi views

A beauty queen honored as "Miss Charming" by Russia's top football league has lost her title for allegedly supporting neo-Nazism. Racism in Russian football is a key issue ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The woman, Olga Kuzkova, 21, had her title withdrawn earlier this week after anti-racist activists found evidence in social media networks that she was spreading neo-Nazi…

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Amazon snatches Walmart’s crown

The e-commerce giant has posted a surprise profit in the second quarter, threatening to dethrone Walmart as the US' number one retailer. Strong 'cloud' sales and surging VIP membership figures sent shares soaring. It was the belated birthday present no one saw coming: One week after turning 20, Amazon was handed the scepter and crown of US retail after the…

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Big animals eat only big seeds? Think again

A new study finds that large animals eat not only large seeds but small ones too – helping with seed dispersal. If they become extinct, this could have an impact on overall biodiversity in an ecosystem. Scientists have long thought that small animals eat small seeds and large animals eat large seeds. But a new study by researchers in Australia…

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Low oil price weighs on BASF earnings

The world's largest chemical company, BASF, has said continuously low oil prices have taken their toll on its second-quarter performance. But executives insisted the firm was holding up well despite volatile markets. A strong rise in demand for synthetic materials helped BASF boost its operating profit in the second quarter, the German chemicals giant reported Friday. Operating earnings before special…

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