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Angela Merkel urges Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian sailors
The chancellor told her Russian counterpart that measures needed to be taken to ensure "smooth passage" through the Kerch Strait. But stopping conflict in the Sea of Azov wasn't the only thing the two leaders discussed. [ + ]

Opinion: Alexander Solzhenitsyn's genius more relevant than ever
On December 11, the Nobel laureate and last great giant of Russian literature would have turned 100. Critic Victor Yerofeyev says despite a grave error late in life, the genius of Alexander Solzhenitsyn is eternal. [ + ]

'Islamic State' supporter allegedly planned to attack Ohio synagogue
A man "fueled by an ideology of hatred" has been charged with attempting a major attack on a US synagogue. The suspect is said to have been inspired by the Pittsburgh synagogue attack in October in which 11 people died. [ + ]

Illegal gold mines destroying Amazon rainforest: study
An increase in small-scale gold mining has taken a toll on the Amazon, increasing deforestation and polluting waterways, according to a new report. Mining in protected indigenous areas has increased exponentially. [ + ]

Opinion: A Monty Python madhouse in Westminster
In the eleventh hour, British PM Theresa May recoiled to delay a decision on her Brexit deal. The move may save her government for the time being but makes a hard Brexit is more likely, writes Barbara Wesel. [ + ]

US sanctions North Korean officials over human rights abuses
Washington has imposed sanctions on three men accused of involvement in the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier. The sanctions make it illegal for any US entity to conduct financial transactions with them. [ + ]

Is media censorship a coming threat in Poland?
Poland's ruling party PiS and state institutions want to intimidate critical media. The National Bank of Poland wants articles on corruption in the financial sector erased online. Journalist organizations are protesting. [ + ]

French President Emmanuel Macron announces ˆ100 rise in minimum wage after protests
French President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage increase and tax concessions in a televised response to weeks of anti-government street protests. Political opponents have called the response insufficient. [ + ]

Anti-Semitism in the EU: Jewish people consider leaving over safety concerns
A surge in anti-Semitism in Europe has made many Jews consider leaving, according to an EU survey. Anti-Semitism has risen particularly in France, with Jewish people in Germany reporting the highest level of harassment. [ + ]

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina who infiltrated NRA set to plead guilty: reports
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to influence US policy toward Russia, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with US authorities. She has likely taken a plea deal, reports said. [ + ]

Egypt casts doubt on video of naked Danish couple on pyramid
The video of photographer Andreas Hvid and an unnamed woman appearing to pose naked prompted widespread outrage in Egypt. However, local authorities, citing tight security, are now asking whether the video was doctored. [ + ]

Theresa May delays vote on Brexit deal
The British prime minister has deferred Parliament's "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal, admitting it would be rejected by a "significant margin." She plans to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss its future. [ + ]

Opinion: 'Islamic human rights' is a false path
Religious interpretations are slowing down the implementation of the UN human rights charter, which marks its 70th anniversary today. The UN is also part of the problem, writes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. [ + ]

Human rights in Africa: 10 rights that matter to you
As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, DW asked people in the Gambia, Cameroon and Malawi which human rights matter most to them. [ + ]

Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege accept Nobel Peace Prize
In an emotional ceremony, Yazidi activist Nadia Murad and Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They called on the world to do more to protect victims of wartime sexual violence. [ + ]

Taj Mahal ticket price rises fivefold for Indians
The entrance fee hike is the latest attempt to reduce footfall at the world famous site. The sheer number of visitors risks causing irreversible damage, experts say. [ + ]
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