Violence between drug cartels is thought to be behind the disappearance of tens of thousands of people in Mexico. As authorities fail to provide answers, a group of mothers has embarked on a desperate search for bodies.
In an experimental nursing home in Russia, senior citizens and disabled children live together. The home is an appeal for tolerance in a society where the disabled often face discrimination.
Large parts of Mozambique were devastated when cyclone Idai swept across the country in early March. More than 1000 people died, hundreds of thousands are homeless, essential supplies are lacking. The port city of Beira was hit particularly hard. ...
Memories of Tiananmen Square were still fresh when Britain negotiated the handover of Hong Kong to China. The UK insisted that the right to assemble and protest be protected. DW met up with two Hong Kong dissidents who have found asylum in Germany.
Jim Benvie is the leader of a controversial armed vigilante group in the US. Heavily-armed members of this group go out every night to find and detain people crossing the border. Human rights organizations are outraged.
Nueng the elephant is an attraction for rides - though it's unlikely to be his choice. The 30 year old male is one of the elephants in the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
Ten years after the civil war, people are still searching for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict. Various commissions have been set up over the years to address the issue of the missing but many people are skeptical about them.
Natalie Dedreux fights for equal rights for the disabled. She has launched a petition to ban free blood tests for the early detection of gene defects. "Down syndrome is cool", she says.
Musambwa, an island on Lake Victoria in Uganda, is inhabited only by men - and snakes. About a thousand deadly cobras inhabit the island - seen by the fishermen who live there as spirits, rather than just snakes.
The "Alternative for Germany" is trying to chip away at Germany's culture of remembrance and its memorials to the victims of Nazi atrocities. Lamenting that young people were being made to feel guilty, the party appears to see no problem in forget...
EU leaders are meeting in the Romanian city of Sibiu. Though a third of the population of Romania lives in poverty, the country has profited markedly from EU membership. Worst off are the Roma, who barely scrape by. One woman is helping them chang...
Bees have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Though no one really knows what causes the die-offs, there are fears it could have major consequences for the farmers who grow the food all we rely on. Now an app can help.
Since 2017, Chinese authorities have taken human rights lawyers, activists and writers to secret detention centers where, deprived of freedom and dignity, they are expected to confess to crimes.
Taking issue with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-EU rhetoric, a group of young Hungarians sees the EU as the country's best hope for the future. The Momentum party is fielding candidates in the upcoming EU parliamentary election.
Photographer Mahmoud Hemmeaida has been documenting Sudan's uprising since it began in December. He hopes the images he has captured will help future generations to understand the suffering people have endured.
Defying intimidation attempts, thousands of people in Arkhangelsk, a city some 1,200 kilometers north of Moscow, have taken to the streets to protest plans to ship Moscow's garbage to their province.
Twenty-five years ago, the genocide in Rwanda resulted in the deaths of nearly a million people. Most were Tutsis killed by Hutu militias. The children of victims and perpetrators alike grapple with the horrors of the past while hoping for a bette...
In repressive Iran, a secret form of resistance among women is gaining in popularity: body art,specifically tattoos. They're not illegal, but they're definitely frowned upon, which is why tattoo artists try to keep their services a secret.
Farmers in Ghana now have a new app to help them market their products and get paid quickly for whatever they sell. It puts them in touch with the right people and can keep food from spoiling.
A woman in India who was 15 when she was attacked by a man 17 years her senior has become an activist and helps others survivors of acid attacks.
Builders in the city of Brest discovered they were building on the remains of over 1,000 Jews. A debate on what should happen began. But now the bones of the murdered Jews have been cleared and construction will continue despite the criticism.
Many Poles see Russia as a threat, especially since the Ukraine crisis and the annexation of Crimea. In the northeast of Poland is a large contingent of US soldiers, part of NATO's plan to secure Poland in the event of a provocation from the east.
Soccer-playing boys the world over dream of being scouted by top European clubs. Former Germany defender Klaus Augenthaler was in Lagos to pick 10 young players to represent Nigeria at the world finals of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Germany.
In Jordan, women who work outside the home are the exception. But the country's economic crisis has pushed many women into the workforce. Police work has traditionally been considered a man's job, but women are joining the force in growing numbers.
In China only married couples can access the national sperm bank. Now a campaigner is calling for the law to be changed to allow single women the chance to conceive.
Alienated by a radicalization of the "yellow vest" movement, one of its founders has hung up her own yellow vest and launched a political party instead. Jacline Mouraud says she wants to fight for social justice in France in a constructive way.
Brexit is affecting people's lives across Europe. DW's Linda Vierecke met an English woman who owns a shop selling British goods in the German capital. It's been operating successfully for decades - but now she's ready to retire.
In Kyrgyzstan, many people depend on Russia for their livelihoods. DW met one family whose breadwinner works as a caretaker in Russia, where he can earn more than at home. He and his family keep in touch through Skype, when they can get a connection.
The waste crisis in Lebanon is a constant problem. It's due to the combination of corruption, poor governance and weak infrastructure seen in many countries. The trash along the coastline near Beirut are frustrating residents -- and uniting them. ...
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.
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.
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.