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Jerusalem: Turkey urges Muslim leaders to issue united response against US re... - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:41am - Turkish President Erdogan has opened an emergency summit of Muslim leaders in Istanbul. He wants to marshal a united response to the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which prompted Muslim protests.

Chris Froome: UCI 'right' to ask questions over failed test result - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:31am - Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome is asked to provide more details after adverse findings show he had double the allowed level of a legal asthma drug in his urine.

Major Austrian gas pipeline back online - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:20am - The damage from a massive explosion at a strategically important Austrian gas import node has been repaired. The critical incident had forced Italy to declare a state of emergency.

UK rebellion threat to key EU bill - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:39am - Rebel MPs line up behind an amendment to guarantee Parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal.

Philippines Congress votes to extend martial law - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:14am - President Duterte had requested the extension to combat remaining militants who want to establish an "Islamic State" base on the southern island of Mindanao. Ongoing fighting there has displaced half a million people.

UN official says North Koreans agree on importance of avoiding war - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:29pm - A top UN official said he encouraged North Korea to be open to "talks about talks" during a visit to the country. The United States also appeared to drop preconditions for talking with North Korea.

Alabama: Roy Moore loses to Doug Jones in Senate vote - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:10pm - Democrat Doug Jones has beaten Trump-backed Republican candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate election. The result is a blow to Trump and reflects senior Republicans' fears over Moore's sexual harassment accusations.

New Borussia Dortmund coach Stöger tips cap to predecessor - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:36pm - After eight Bundesliga games without a victory, Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways against Mainz on Tuesday night. But new coach Peter Stöger wasn't taking the credit.

Germany's Angela Merkel and SPD start grand coalition talks - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:15pm - Germany's conservative and Social Democratic leaders are meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a new "grand coalition" government. After initial cold feet from the SPD, what are the chances of success?

Egyptian singer jailed for music video 'inciting debauchery' - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:11pm - A female Egyptian singer has been jailed for a sexually suggestive music video in which she appears in underwear and eats a banana. It caused a stir in the conservative country.

Warmer Arctic is the 'new normal' - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:50pm - The reliably frozen Arctic is history, say scientists who warn of an unprecedented rate of warming.

Berlin: Hanukkah lights and anti-Israel demonstrations - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:53pm - In Berlin, the first candle of the city's massive Hanukkah menorah has been lit to mark the traditional start of the Festival of Lights. At the same time, Palestinians and Arabs held anti-Israel protests in the capital.

Russia packs a punch - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:30pm - The Syria campaign made Russia a key player in the Middle East, Steve Rosenberg writes.

Bundesliga Matchday 16 roundup - 12 Dec 2017 at 5:40pm - Nils Petersen scored his third penalty of the week to lead Freiburg to another shock. Elsewhere, Frankfurt bounced back after defeat at the weekend, Dortmund finally won but RB Leipzig had another disappointing day.

Angela Merkel makes surprise visit to site of Berlin Christmas market attack - 12 Dec 2017 at 5:12pm - Shortly before the anniversary of the 2016 Berlin terror attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel has paid a surprise visit to Breitscheidtplatz's Christmas market. Survivors recently criticized Merkel's handling of the attack.

German parliament's plan to give automatic pay raises to MPs criticized - 12 Dec 2017 at 4:53pm - Germany's parliament is planning to go ahead with regulations that would enable lawmakers to receive automatic pay raises over the next four years. Critics point out the raises wouldn't be transparent to taxpayers.

Peter Stöger wins first game as Borussia Dortmund boss after shaky start - 12 Dec 2017 at 4:46pm - It was less comfortable than he might have liked but Peter Stöger is off to a winning start at Borussia Dortmund. After a shaky opening half, goals from Sokratis and Shinji Kagawa saw BVB to a win over Mainz.

Giant penguin kumimanu biceae once reached human heights - 12 Dec 2017 at 3:37pm - A few million years after the dinosuars went extinct a large, beefy, penguin rose to prominence in New Zealand. It wouldn't have been the kind of bird people could catch or kill ? it could easily overpower a man.

German soldier charged with plotting to kill politicians while posing as refugee - 12 Dec 2017 at 3:18pm - A soldier in the Bundeswehr has been charged with planning to carry out attacks on high-ranking political figures and frame refugees for the crimes. The justice minister was among those on his hit list.

Brexit Diaries 21: David Davis and the struggles of a minister - 12 Dec 2017 at 2:34pm - We need to talk about David Davis, what the alignment of carrots has to do with Brexit and the mystery of the missing impact assessments. Apparently, Davis may also have a different Brexit bill in mind.

Turkey and Israel: Animosity ends when it comes to money - 12 Dec 2017 at 2:23pm - The hostility between Turkey and Israel has resurfaced over recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Meanwhile, in terms of economic relations, trade between the countries has been growing steadily.

Toni Mascolo, co-founder of salon chain Toni & Guy, dies - 12 Dec 2017 at 2:14pm - Italian-born hairdresser who built his south London salon into a global chain dies

French ex-minister Georges Tron face trial for rape - 12 Dec 2017 at 1:59pm - He and a woman are accused of assaulting employees after inviting them for foot massages.

German doctor lodges petition to change abortion law - 12 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm - A doctor fined for "advertising" abortions has presented a petition with 150,000 signatures to Parliament, demanding Germany's law be changed. Kristina Hänel says women have the right to information about the procedure.

EU proposes to streamline databases across bloc to reduce terror attacks - 12 Dec 2017 at 1:21pm - The proposed service would allow border guards and police to simultaneously search multiple systems across the EU to verify identity documents. EU officials hope part of the system will become operational next year.

Tractor driver destroys six speed cameras on Germany rampage - 12 Dec 2017 at 1:20pm - Police say the 63-year-old caused thousands of euros worth of damage and they don't yet know why.

US broadside leaves WTO meeting in tatters - 12 Dec 2017 at 12:53pm - At the current meeting of the World Trade Organization, the top US trade representative has launched a broadside at the trade body's 164 members, saying they seek litigation instead of negotiations to obtain advantages.

Amnesty: EU, others 'know perfectly well' about Libya's collusion with people... - 12 Dec 2017 at 12:45pm - DW spoke with John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's director for Europe and Central Asia, about the allegations that the EU has been complicit in the abuse of migrants in Libya.

New study links Antarctic ice-shelf melt to global sea level rise - 12 Dec 2017 at 12:38pm - The melting of small ice shelves surrounding Antarctica could lead to even bigger melt of glaciers hundreds of kilometers inland, compounding sea-level rise.

Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas - 12 Dec 2017 at 12:25pm - Some passengers face disruption after 79 Dublin-based pilots and others around Europe plan walkouts.