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Monday, February 24, 2014
When he fled Kiev, Viktor Yanukovych left behind an opulent mansion that underscores the problems many Ukrainians say plague their country: widespread government corruption and a huge income gap.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers will meet later this month in Vienna. But the quest for a long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program will have to overcome the deep mistrust that was on display at a security conference in Munich.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the job. She has no military experience and is best known for social policies such as expanded parental leave. But she has already said that Germany should play a more active role in foreign missions, and that could involve sending troops into conflict zones.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
The collection features some 700 letters that the leader of the Nazis' notorious SS corps wrote to his wife. Editors at Die Welt say Himmler's writings show the intimate thoughts of a "clearly cold, feeling-less, self-righteous bureaucrat."
Sunday, January 19, 2014
President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
More than 240 people have left Germany to join the civil war in Syria — the largest reported number from a European country. Some officials fear the radicalized German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Neo-Nazi music is a pervasive problem in Germany. Government officials say the songs aid recruitment of young people into extremist groups. But officials say banning such music to protect Germany's young people isn't as easy as it once was because musicians are increasingly sly about what they put out.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious about the U.S. eavesdropping on her calls. She is the latest to protest loudly to the U.S. as the EU gathers for a regular summit. The meeting should have focused on immigration and the economy, but will be sidetracked by the continued NSA spying anger.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Vatican announced it's removing a German bishop from office during a church investigation into his alleged lavish spending and perjury charges. The bishop met with the pope last Sunday. The accusations against the bishop, whose diocese is near Frankfurt, have shaken the German Catholic community, with many members calling for a thorough investigation into how the Church spends their money.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Egypt's the military-backed interim president last week appointed a 50-member committee to help draft a new constitution. That committee — which includes only one of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's allies — meets for the first time Sunday in Cairo. Critics in Egypt say the new constitution is likely to be just as controversial as the previous one.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Egyptian army attack helicopters fired missiles at suspected militants in the Sinai desert Tuesday. The military says at least eight were killed and many more wounded. The army is also moving to seal off the border with the Gaza Strip, and it's destroying smuggling tunnels that have been a major lifeline for Gaza over the past few years.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Egypt's interior minister announced he is resurrecting much-hated security agencies that stifled dissent and helped Hosni Mubarak stay in power for three decades. They were a key target of protestors who forced his ouster in early 2011 and seemed to disappear from the scene for much of what's transpired in Egypt since. But as it turns out, they never went away and this time, have a popular mandate that many Egyptians fear is making them more dangerous than ever.
Friday, August 09, 2013
The head of Egypt's armed forces who orchestrated the military coup that ousted President Morsi is revered by most Egyptians as a national hero. But many analysts there say it's doubtful Gen. Abdel Fattah el Sissi's popularity will translate into votes at the ballot box should he run for president next year.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Two U.S. Senators — Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham — joined the parade of foreign envoys visiting Cairo in hopes of a peaceful solution to the ongoing political crisis in Egypt.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Growing numbers of Egyptians are turning against the generals, politicians and youth group credited with sparking the popular groundswell that led to the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi less than a month ago. Some are joining Third Square, a new movement that's emerged as a result of growing discontent.
Friday, August 02, 2013
In Cairo, supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi face a possible operation by security forces to disperse their encampments.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Egypt's military-backed interim government has ordered security forces to break up protest camps set up in Cairo by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The camps have already been the scene of bloody clashes, and the government order has raised fears of further violence.
Monday, July 29, 2013
In Egypt, the military-backed interim government is moving to end protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. This follows a weekend police attack in Cairo on those supporters — the deadliest since the political crisis began.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Protests in Egypt turned violent Saturday after authorities cracked down on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.