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Trash bags have been deposited at Camp Two on the world's highest peak. The site - and a whole lot of garbage - was abandoned two years ago after a series of earthquake-triggered avalanches.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A trial scheme in Germany is helping women on low incomes to avoid sacrificing their contraception. With the long-term aim of a nationwide scheme, "biko" hopes to give women choice and reduce unwanted pregnancy.
From: Deutsche Welle | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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German police have carried out multiple raids on suspected "Reichsbürger" members. The movement believes the German Reich continues to exist in its 1937 borders and doesn't recognize the modern German state.
From: Deutsche Welle | Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Russian dissident Vladimir Kara Murza, has urged the US Congress to maintain pressure on President Putin's administration. The survivor of a recent 'near miss' poisoning said Russia's civic society needed help.
From: Deutsche Welle | Thursday, March 30, 2017
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El Salvador has banned all metals mining, saying it poses "a threat to the development and well-being of families." It becomes the first country to implement a blanket metals mining ban.
From: Deutsche Welle | Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Congress’ decision to allow Internet service providers to sell customer data without prior consent rolls back another Obama-era law. Scholars say it undermines US privacy rights and hope for a pushback from Europe.
From: Deutsche Welle | Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Laywers for detained German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel have lodged an appeal against his arrest with Turkey's Constitutional Court. Yucel's arrest last month has strained ties between Ankara and Berlin.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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German jets reportedly passed intelligence to the anti-IS coalition for an airstrike that killed dozens of civilians in Syria. Germany only provides reconnaissance and does not carry out attacks.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Israel has again cut funding to the UN over alleged anti-Israel bias in the world body. The United States has threatened to do the same.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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An oil tanker laden with explosives has been detonated at a checkpoint in southern Baghdad. Police sources say at least 15 people were killed. Other waiting vehicles were also set ablaze.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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On a day they hoped would never come, EU leaders reminded departing Britain it has to play by the rules until its exit from the bloc is final. The Brexit process is expected to be an acrimonious 24 months.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Leah Thorvilson was a marathon winner two years ago until her injury forced her to pack it in. Back home, she jumped on an exercise bike, then she won an online competition. Now her next pro sports career beckons.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The court has upheld Ion Ficior's sentence of 20 years in jail over the deaths of 103 prisoners under his watch. He rejected the allegations of prisoner abuse and has argued he was following orders.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Wladimir Kaminer is confronted with many questions in Germany. In an interview with DW reporter Zhanna Nemtsova, the writer talks about Vladimir Putin's propaganda and how Russian speakers living in Germany feel.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Turkey's prime minister has announced an end to the operation known as "Euphrates Shield." The offensive was launched last summer as part of the fight against the so-called "Islamic State."
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A new statue of Cristiano Ronaldo has been unveiled - and the internet can't stop trolling it. The bizarre bust made its debut during a ceremony at an airport renamed after the soccer star.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Floods and landslides are nothing unusual during Peruvian summers so the national disaster relief program should not have failed across the country. There is no reason, save a lack of unified political will.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Arab states have offered Israel a reconciliation deal provided it cedes land captured in 1967 to a future Palestinian state. US President Donald Trump had rattled leaders when he said he was open to a one-state solution.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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India's top court has ruled vehicles running on old technology and causing too much pollution must not be sold anymore as of April 1. Manufacturers had hoped the judges would give them more time to make adjustments.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The top US general for the Middle East has said a formal investigation is now underway into mass casualties in Iraq. Thousands of civilians are believed to have died during a recent US-led offensive in Mosul.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Reports suggest Russia is preparing to test a hypersonic missile that would be almost impossible to intercept. The Zircon rocket will be capable of traveling up to six-times the speed of sound.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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German lawmakers have denounced Turkey for allegedly spying on a fellow member of the Bundestag. Michelle Müntefering of the SPD appeared on a list of spying targets Turkey passed on to its German counterpart.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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In less than two years - and after lengthy negotiations - the UK is expected to leave the European Union. Sam Lowe, of Friends of the Earth, told DW how these talks could put UK and EU environmental standards at risk.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The question in the UK is no longer "should we stay or should we go" - it's now "should we go horizontally or vertically?" Confused? Don't be. It's all about space and how the UK plans to get there.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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India is the world's largest democracy, but does it live up to that promise? Tim Sebastian meets Indian MP Shashi Tharoor on Conflict Zone. 
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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German politicians have descended into a row over why the Berlin Christmas market attack was not prevented. Security forces are being pressed to explain why Anis Amri had not been detained earlier.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Ahmed Kathrada, who spent decades campaigning against South Africa's white minority rule, has been laid to rest in Johannesburg. Mourners contrasted his "incorruptible" leadership with that of President Jacob Zuma.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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With a divided public and domestic political tensions, Britain has launched the formal process of leaving the EU. Now the real work begins. Samira Shackle reports from London.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A proposed education bill would shutter Budapest's Central European University, university officials have said. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly clashed with Hungarian-born financier George Soros.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Daimler shareholders have had little reason to criticize the carmaker's latest sales drive. But during their annual meeting in Berlin, they appeared worried about a Volkswagen-style emissions scandal.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A farmer who vanished from his family farm was discovered, swallowed whole, inside the giant snake. The incident was highly unusual as pythons rarely attack humans.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Germany has stepped up the pace of rejected asylum applicant deportations. Often, however, no one notices what many of these people have accomplished in the country, says a Christian Democrat mayor from southern Germany.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Podcast nerds probably didn't sleep all night after all seven episodes of the new podcast "S-Town" were released. Here's a look at the series, and 10 other amazing shows with Germany-related stories to discover.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Armed up to their teeth, or disguised as policemen - time and again, thieves have pilfered valuable art objects and paintings. Most recently, a valuable but very heavy gold coin was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The German government says the European Union is well prepared for friendly but tough talks with the UK. But while much about Brexit still remains to be determined, the Europeans think that they have the advantage.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The complicated deal has been brokered by Qatar and Iran. But critics have described it as purposeful displacement aimed at weakening opponents to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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President Donald Trump's most recent assault on the environment not only makes the US into a rogue state on climate change. It will also fail in its goal to create jobs and stimulate the economy, says DW's Sonya Diehn.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Aida and Samia try to get some proof that Simba Metals is polluting the environment with lead waste. Will they succeed?
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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US Secretary of State Tillerson will meet Erdogan and government ministers in Ankara on Thursday. American support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia is a major sticking point between the US and Turkey.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Human rights activists have condemned the acquittal of Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who was charged with war crimes for her role during the 2010-11 post-election conflict that left more than 3,000 dead.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has invoked Article 50, marking the official start of the UK's divorce proceedings with the EU 27. Here's a look at what's to come over the next two years of negotiations.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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From talking robots to self-driving cars, modern technology was envisioned in films and books long before it became reality. As the International Exhibition of Inventions opens in Geneva, we look at real-life sci-fi.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Britain has triggered its exit from the European Union with the formal delivery of a letter invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. The country will remain a member of the bloc during the two-year exit process.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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After a great deal of speculation about the elusive musician's required Nobel lecture, the Swedish Academy has announced that Bob Dylan has committed to pick up his Nobel Prize in Stockholm.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The long-time director of Berlin's largest international film festival, Dieter Kosslick, could be asked to leave his post in 2019, according to media reports. He's held the post for 16 years.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The controversial coal mine project in Australia's Queensland state is looking more likely to become a reality later this year. But it remains plagued by legal hurdles, environmental issues and fierce public opposition.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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With President Park ousted and facing arrest, South Korea is set to hold a presidential election in May. A leftist candidate is virtually assured of victory, but it's unclear how the next leader will deal with N. Korea.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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After police shot and killed a Chinese man in Paris, protesters clashed with police. The case has caused diplomatic tension between France and China and heightened concerns among local Chinese, Jake Cigainero reports.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Some 180 theaters across the United States will show the film adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" on April 4. Organizers said the story of a government that "manufactures facts" is timelier than ever.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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China has said that even if the US fails to meet its climate change commitments, Beijing will push on. President Donald Trump's new executive order drew swift criticism from around the world.
From: Deutsche Welle | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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