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+++ Catalonia terror attacks - live updates +++

Spanish police have foiled a bomb plot just hours after a deadly van rampage left 13 people dead in Barcelona. Five suspected attackers were killed during the second incident in a Catalan coastal town. Read the latest.

Eying North Korea, US and Japan to boost military ties

The United States and Japan have agreed to step up defense cooperation to deal with threats posed by North Korea. Tensions remain high in East Asia in view of Pyongyang's missile tests.

Las Ramblas - Barcelona's tourist magnet turned scene of terror

Las Ramblas, the heart of Barcelona, has been hit by a terrorist attack. The vibrant and lively promenade came to a standstill when a white van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians.

Berlin crayfish panic as Tiergarten overrun with red crustaceans

A wildlife group has been receiving daily calls from people reporting marauding crustaceans in Berlin's Tiergarten. The invasive species are often seen scuttling outside the Spanish Embassy.

Barcelona terror attack: Leaders mourn victims

Messages of solidarity poured in after a van drove into crowds on Las Ramblas, the Catalan capital's main pedestrian street. Leaders condemned the terror act on Spanish soil that killed at least 13 and injured 80 more.

How the unicorn became marketing magic

The unicorn has taken advertising by storm. Consumers are snapping up any product associated with the one-horned horse. DW's Sophie Schimansky reports from New York City on the reasons behind the hype.

Madrid to Manchester to Barcelona: A chronology of terror in Europe

Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Manchester and now another attack in Barcelona. European cities have been increasingly targeted by Islamist extremists in recent years.

Diluted cancer medication scandal spreads through Germany

German activists have demanded tougher controls after thousands of patients reportedly received diluted cancer medications. Reports suggest the scandal can be traced to a single pharmacist acting out of financial gain.

New show 'Kick off! Life' launches with Marc Bartra and CR7

Kick off! Life - DW's new football show seeks to answer some of the bigger questions behind the beautiful game. After all, for a great many of us, football is life. Episode 1 features Dortmund defender Marc Bartra.

Poland's passport redesign sparks diplomatic row

Poland wants to redesign its passport, and the country's citizens have some say in choosing the images it contains. But two of the options do not belong to Poland anymore, sparking a diplomatic row with its neighbors.

AfD's Frauke Petry falls from favor ahead of Bundestag vote

Frauke Petry, the face of the nationalist Alternative for Germany, has suffered a blow to her political career weeks before the Bundestag elections. Even her AfD colleagues have dropped her as prosecutors ready charges.

Timbuktu: 'No justice befitting for victims,' says lawyer following ICC ruling

The ICC has ruled that a Malian jihadist be fined $3.2 million for the destruction of Timbuktu shrines. International Bar Association executive director, Mark Ellis, told DW he welcomed the court's landmark ruling.

Russia readies troops for Zapad war games with Belarus

Russia and Belarus are set to stage the Zapad 2017 war games, and the operation's size is causing concern among Western observers. Moscow's heavy troop presence has some worrying whether Minsk's sovereignty is at risk.

Can clean synthetic diesel fuels succeed?

Some German industry officials have lately been touting 'e-fuels,' synthetic liquid fuels that can be burned in diesel engines, as an alternative to an all-electric automotive future. Is this workable - or mere PR?

+++ Barcelona truck attack - live updates +++

A truck has crashed into a crowd, reportedly killing and injuring people on Barcelona's bustling tourist strip. Police have confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. Read the latest here.

Congo prime minister and cabinet resign amid economic turmoil

The central African nation has been struggling economically since a 2014 drop in oil prices.

Greenland: Land of ice on fire

Greenland, home to the world's largest permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica, is being swept by wildfires. Scientists say global warming and increased plant cover are likely factors.

Unsung Bundesliga heroes to watch for this season

It's easy to forget the little guys who make teams tick amid Neymar's record transfer, James Rodriguez's arrival in the Bundesliga, and as Ousmane Dembele seeks a back door to Barcelona. DW tries to make amends.

Political hold muzak: An easy-listening CDU, an ambient SPD

People's taste in music speaks volumes about who they are, so what do political parties' telephone tunes say? DW's Jefferson Chase called the headquarters of Germany's major parties to find out.

Far-right extremism probe into elite German army unit opens

State prosecutors in the city of Tübingen have begun investigating whether right-wing activities took place at a farewell party for special forces in the Bundeswehr. It is the latest scandal to rock the German army.

Barcelona revolts against those pesky tourists

Around 30 million tourists flocked to the Catalan capital in 2016 - a major economic boon for the city. However, the downside of the tourist influx is catching up with the locals. Santiago Sáez reports from Barcelona.

Migration: Bulgaria may send troops to Turkey border

Bulgaria plans to station 600 troops on its border with Turkey to quell any potential flow of migrants. Bulgaria's defense minister said the EU's failure to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean justified the move.

Alibaba profits double on e-commerce boom

Chinese largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba, has reported above-estimates quarterly earnings, saying its net profit almost doubled on the back of solid revenue growth in its core shopping business and in cloud computing.

Hitler historian Eberhard Jäckel dies, aged 88

Holocaust historian Eberhard Jäckel, known for his award-winning publications aimed at understanding Hitler's worldview as a means of making sense of the war, has died at the age of 88.

Right-wing AfD politician calls pro-refugee artwork 'disfiguring'

An obelisk with a refugee-friendly Bible verse could become a permanent fixture in Kassel after the Documenta art show. A right-wing German politician has protested, evoking Nazi vocabulary by called it "disfiguring."

Can Trump succeed in curbing China's intellectual property 'theft'?

Intellectual property is back in focus after US President Trump asked his trade office to look into the issue of China allegedly stealing American technology and IP, and eroding US firms' competitive edge.

Black swan finds partner via lonely hearts ad in Bavaria

A female black swan, living at the Bavarian Rosenau Palace, has found a new companion after her previous mate was likely eaten by a fox. The caretakers had placed a lonely hearts ad on behalf of the bird.

Aromatic substances: Whiskey tastes better when diluted with water

Many think it's a sacrilege to mix water with whiskey, but real connoisseurs know that a few drops of water enhances the taste. They are right - and researchers have discovered why.

Creator of happy worlds: Cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé turns 85

Cartoonist and children's book author Jean-Jacques Sempé created his own world far from the traumas of childhood for his protagonist "Nicholas." The master is now 85.

India's hair-chopping 'mystery' leaves villagers baffled

In a village near New Delhi, three women went "mysteriously" unconscious at the same time and woke up to discover their hair was chopped. DW examines the interplay between superstitions and psychological issues in India.

'Time to stop. Time to think' - cloud of supporter unrest hangs over Bundesliga start

The 55th Bundesliga season gets underway this weekend against a backdrop of escalating fan protests against commercialization in German football. As the DFB reaches out to supporters, DW highlights the main issues.

Afghan 'Little Picasso' offered Serbian citizenship

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has offered a Serbian passport to a 10-year-old Afghan refugee famous for his artistic talent. The boy previously helped raise money for a Serbian cancer patient.

Bundesliga: Cologne head into Europe with feet firmly on the ground

In Cologne, the excitement about the new Bundesliga season is palpable because, for the first time in 25 years, the club is back in Europe. But boss Peter Stöger is unfazed by the prospect of fighting on three fronts.

ICC: Timbuktu destruction to cost Islamist rebel $3.2 million

ICC judges have made legal history by ruling that a former rebel must pay compensation for the destruction of ancient shrines in Mali's Timbuktu. The historic sites were destroyed in 2012.

Number of South Sudan refugees in Uganda tops 1 million

Refugees from South Sudan continue to flee the civil war across the Ugandan border, with their number now topping one million, according to the UN. Uganda has called for help with housing and feeding the newcomers.

Climate: 'Every year a contender for warmest on record'

The year 2016 broke records for our warming planet, and climate expert Deke Arndt says it won't be the last. He tells DW that access to water - having too much or not enough - will be increasingly important.

Stasi investigator to curate German pavilion at Venice Biennale

She investigated the crimes of the East German secret police for a decade. Now Marianne Birthler and architecture firm Graft are set to "unbuild walls" at the German pavilion in Venice next year.

Ericsson mulls cutting a quarter of its global workforce

Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson may lay off tens of thousands of employees in a bid to speed up its cost-cutting program, a local newspaper has warned. The firm has had to grapple with fierce competition.

Bundesliga: Cologne head into Europe with feet firmly on the ground

In Cologne, the excitement about the new Bundesliga season is palpable because, for the first time in 25 years, the club is back in Europe. But boss Peter Stöger is unphased by the prospect of fighting on three fronts.

ICC: Timbuktu destruction to cost Islamist rebel $3.2 million

ICC judges have made legal history by ruling that a former Islamist rebel is liable to pay compensation for the destruction of ancient shrines in Mali's Timbuktu. The historic sites were destroyed by jihadists in 2012.

Marc Bartra, a fan favorite in Dortmund

There are few football clubs that can boast as passionate a fan base as Borussia Dortmund. DW spoke to BVB's Spanish defender, Marc Bartra, about football, fans, passion - and last April's attack on the team bus.

Weimar exhibition kicks off Bauhaus centennial

Bauhaus members wanted to revolutionize the arts by returning to artisanry and creating total works of art. Sculptor Gerhard Marcks helped shape the school. His works are on show to mark its centennial - two years early.

German state set to lift immunity for right-wing AfD leader Frauke Petry

A committee in Saxony has unanimously recommended that AfD co-chair Frauke Petry's immunity be lifted due to suspected perjury. The nationalist lawmaker is suspected of lying under oath about campaign finance in 2014.

Hong Kong sentences prominent democracy activists to prison

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders have been sentenced for their role in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests. The Beijing-backed government has been seeking tougher sentences for protestors.

Australian anti-immigrant lawmaker dons burqa during senate meeting

Pauline Hanson, the leader of Australia's anti-immigration One Nation party, has provoked outrage from fellow lawmakers by wearing a burqa in parliament. The stunt was part of her campaign to ban Muslim full-face covers.

German state recommends lifting immunity for AfD's Frauke Petry

A committee in Saxony has unanimously recommended that AfD co-chair Frauke Petry's immunity be lifted due to suspected perjury. The nationalist lawmaker is suspected of lying under oath about a candidate list in 2014.

The racist comments of Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump is not known for political correctness or a use of language that takes sensitivities into account. The list of his racist comments is long. Here's a round-up.

Why 'Dirty Dancing' is more than a teen flick

Thirty years after its release, "Dirty Dancing" about a teen summer romance is as popular as ever, with a recent TV remake and sold-out musicals around the world. Here are 10 things you didn't know about the film.

China is United States' biggest creditor once again

Just as US President Donald Trump seeks to target Beijing over what he thinks are "unfair trade practices," the Treasury Department has confirmed that China has more holdings of US debt than any other nation.

Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte hails the bloodiest day in his 'war on drugs'

Anti-drug squads in the Philippines have executed 32 people in 24 hours, marking the bloodiest day in the country's "war on drugs." Duterte praised the killings, calling on the police to kill "another 32 everyday."