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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish olives have become another victim of the transatlantic trade dispute. They're a popular product in the US, but Donald Trump has lost his appetite. He's slapped hefty import duties on them, apparently to protect Californian olive farmers.
Yorai Feinberg challenges those who abuse him by posting threats and insults on the internet. But when Feinberg posted hatemail he had received to draw attention to the growing problem of anti-Semitism, Facebook temporarily blocked his account.
With few prospects for the future, the freedom Nelson Mandela fought for has little to offer young people. Today's South Africa has many troubles, including a high proportion of people without jobs.
Now, a year after the IS were driven out, people in Mosul face the destruction of their society as reconciliation is a distant hope.
The library at the University of Mosul, one of Iraq's oldest collections of books and manuscripts, was destroyed during the occupation by the so-called Islamic State. Young male and female volunteers are working to save books from the rubble.
In South Africa a collective of fashion-forward dandies are challenging stereotypes about life in the country's townships. The group, called Khumbala, hails from Alexandra in Johannesburg.
Every two hours someone goes missing in Mexico. Fewer than ten percent of the cases are ever solved. Corrupt police and politicians are often behind the disappearances and have no interest in investigating the crimes. This is one family's story.
Syria's allies have so far blocked attempts to bring those suspected of war crimes before the International Criminal Court. Human rights campaigners are pinning their hopes on Germany to press charges based on the principle of universal jurisdiction.
German gynecologists are not allowed to provide abortion information on their homepages. According to law, an abortion performed before the 12th week of pregnancy is regarded as a crime - but is not punishable.
Frida, Anniken and Ludwig live, breathe and dream fashion. But now, they're trading their comfortable lives for those of Cambodian garment workers. As well as working in the factories, they have to survive on $3 a day.
The Wood Royal Commission unleashed an extraordinary investigation that swept through the NSW Police Force like a tsunami. For many, the stakes were life or death. Not everyone survived.
Convinced that ecstasy use is behind her struggle with anxiety, depression and memory loss, 28-year old Lise sets out to discover how the 'Love Drug' is affecting her brain and those of the half a million Ecstasy users in Australia today.
An intriguing look at a mystery that turned the former pride of the Russian people into a nightmare that haunts them to this day.
Abduction is the astonishing true story of a 13-year-old Japanese girl abducted on her way home from school by North Korean spies in 1977. For 20 years, her parents had no idea what had happened to their daughter, or if she was even alive.
The controversial retail giant Walmart faces the scrutiny of filmmaker Robert Greenwald in this documentary showcasing the adverse effects some believe the behemoth inflicts on communities and individuals.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, The Cove is an alarming environmental thriller. In 2008, an elite team of scientists, filmmakers and free-divers embarked on a covert mission to expose a shocking secret.
Discover the truth behind America's secret dirty wars as investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, journeys into the hidden world of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.
In 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. As the police recovered the victims, an investigation team tried to uncover the mystery of how a jet could fly into a mountain in daylight.
The digital media sharing revolution started by Napster ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Hear from the creators, the musicians, and the industry about how the rise and fall of Napster.
Does your name determine your destiny? Why do cheaters cheat? Why did people think ice-cream was causing polio? Based on the best-selling book, find out how many commonly held beliefs about economics and human behaviour are wrong, and why.
Our civilisation's addiction to oil has put us on a collision course with disaster. An enlightening, intelligent, and profoundly shocking film about our most valuable, non-renewable resource: oil.
A UK man with a British dad and Yemeni mum visits Yemen to meet his extended family.
The story of schoolgirl schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was just 14 when she was shot for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan.