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Canada officially falls into recession

Government data has confirmed that Canada officially fell into recession in the first half of this year. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing his best to avoid using the term ahead of a general election next month


Explosion at Spanish fireworks factory

At least five people have been killed and six others hospitalised following an explosion at a fireworks factory near Zaragozana in northeastern Spain. The cause of the blast remains unknown.


Horror film director Wes Craven dies

Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven has died at the age of 76. He directed iconic horror films such as the ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ series, and published a number of books


Another temple in Syria’s Palmyra severely damaged

Activists say the self-styled “Islamic State” has damaged another temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is being systematically razed following occupation by the Islamist militants


Eni finds ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt’s coast

Italian energy giant Eni SpA says it has discovered the “largest ever” natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt. According to the company, the find could meet Egypt’s natural gas needs for decades to come


IMF changing tack on Greece

Latin Americans and Asians are happy that they do not need the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But, Europe can no longer function without it. What’s behind the IMF’s interest in Greece?


Dozens killed in Saudi strike on Yemen

More than 30 civilians, said to be workers at a bottling factory, have been killed in a Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen. Meanwhile, unknown gunmen have assassinated the head of security in the port city of Aden

Lebanon protest

Thousands converge on Beirut to protest government

A rally in Beirut has drawn huge crowds as people voice their frustration over government corruption and the crisis created by uncollected garbage. Organisers of the campaign have issued an ultimatum to the government


Turkey launches first coalition airstrikes against IS

Turkish fighter jets have hit “Islamic State” targets in Syria – for the first time as part of the US-led coalition. Turkey took on a more active role in the fight against IS in July, ending months of indecisiveness


Suspects in Austrian migrant tragedy appear in court

A Hungarian court has ordered four men arrested over the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria to be remanded in custody until 29 September . Police believe the suspects are part of a people smuggling gang

refugee Syria

‘I could no longer live in Syria’

Syrian refugee Alaa Houd left his job and family and hired people smugglers to make his way to the wealthy countries of Western Europe. Hiring people smugglers was his only way of leaving war-torn Syria. DW reporter Diana Hodali spoke with Syrian Alaa Houd and recounted his story for him.

Turkey ready for anti-IS strikes: Pentagon

Turkish officials have said they are now ready to fully participate in US-led coalition strikes against the “Islamic State” group. The Pentagon said joint strikes may begin within day


Blatter defends FIFA record, says he is clean

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has defended his organization’s bruised reputation. In a television interview, Blatter said he is clean and there is no organised corruption at world soccer’s governing body