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China vs Japan

Rising nationalism is feuling the conflict between China and Japan over a string of islands in the East China Sea. The real battle is over the nations' dueling economic interests.

Syria 'friends' agree urgent support for rebels

Foreign ministers of the Friends of Syria group, who are meeting in Qatar, have agreed to provide urgent support to rebels who are fighting President Bashar al-Assad. Qatar's PM Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani said "providing arms may be the only means of achieving peace". The group also condemned the Syrian government for its use of Iranian and Hezbollah fighters. More than 90,000 people have died in more than two years of conflict.

'EU negotiations with Turkey should be frozen'

The EU should freeze accession talks with Turkey while protests continue in the country, German member of the European Parliament, Renate Sommer, tells DW. She says Turkey's prime minister is acting "un-European."

Calgary flood situation improves but downstream still in danger

After heavy rain and severe flooding, life in Canada's oil capital is beginning to return to normal. But in areas to the south and east, downriver the flood waters are threatening other communities. The floods in Calgary in the west of Canada, followed some 36 hours of unusually heavy rainfall - some communities received six months of their normal rainfall in less than two days.

US files criminal charges against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

The US has filed espionage charges against the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and reports say authorities have requested that Hong Kong detain him for extradition. Legislators in Hong Kong responded by calling for mainland China to intervene in the case. Snowden, 29, is charged with theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorised person, according to court documents.

Brazil's protests raise fears for World Cup as a million take to the streets

Football supporters fleeing rubber bullets, roads into stadiums blocked by angry crowds, mobs throwing stones at Fifa offices, Confederations Cup placards being ripped down and burned in the midst of mass protests. These are unlikely scenes in a football-mad country and the last thing organisers of the World Cup wanted to see in Brazil before next year's tournament, but for the past week they have become an almost daily occurrence as the country's favourite sport has become the focus of the biggest demonstrations in decades.

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