US planes and militias on the ground fought for months to drive the self-styled Islamic State out of Raqqa. But the liberated city now lies in ruins. While the US has been providing aid for its stabilization, much more is needed to rebuild the city.
The Star Wars films have a cult following all over the world, including in Russia. That's despite the movies not officially being screened there until the final years of the Soviet Union. But Russian fans have taken their love of them to a new level.
Although abortions are illegal, in practice they are not being punished. But in Bavaria, Germany, fewer doctors and hospitals are willing to carry out the procedure.
The upcoming US midterm election is seeing unprecedented numbers of female candidates. In Arizona, Republican Martha McSally, who is challenging Democratic congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema for a Senate seat, is getting a boost from President Trump.
A Dresden teacher recalls what life was like under communism. That's why the far-right AfD party's new online platform reminds her of the days when students could denounce teachers.
Integrating into a new culture can be a daunting process. For many people, sport can offer common ground. At a football training camp in Italy, young migrants recently had the chance to hone their skills with professional coaches from Germany.
More than a million Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon, many of them in extreme poverty. Parents often marry off their daughters to save money. DW's Aya Ibrahim met a 14 year old bride-to-be in a refugee camp in the Beqaa valley.
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are often forced to work on the streets to help their families get by. DW's Aya Ibrahim met two brothers in Beirut who sell flowers for a living but would rather be at school.
The Oktoberfest in Munich may be over, but across the globe hundreds of mini-Oktoberfests are catering to those who want to enjoy a little taste of German culture and traditions. Even Yangon in Myanmar celebrates its own two-day Oktoberfest.
Universal health care, free universities: radical ideas or reasonable ones in a democratic society? Even the Democratic party is divided on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chances of success as she rallies her grass-roots supporters in NY.
In Rotherham, northern England, several trials in connection with the massive sexual abuse of at least 1400 children and teenagers have begun. Most of the accused are men of Pakistani origin. More and more of the victims are telling their stories.
Nezar Alawar's daughter was just a few weeks old when he fled Syria in 2015. Since then, the telephone is the only way he can reach his family. A lawyer by profession, Alawar has spent the time trying to get permission for his family to join him.