Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...

5 problems facing UN as it nears 70th anniversary

Dec 5, 2014

5 problems facing UN as it nears 70th anniversary

The world has changed dramatically since the United Nations was established after World War II, but the organization has not adapted to reflect the 21st century. While the U.N. has had its share of successes, its aging structure has struggled with new threats like ...

Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 10, 2014

Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

More than a million Germans and people from around the world on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that more than any other marked the end of the Cold War. A spectacular 15-km-long string of 7,000 ...

Germany after Berlin Wall: Not always best in West

Nov 7, 2014

Germany after Berlin Wall: Not always best in West

In the German city of Dresden, trumpet player Ludwig Guettler takes pride in the soaring spires of the Baroque Frauenkirche church, rebuilt from the ruins of World War II, and sees them as a symbol of his city’s vibrant economic and cultural life. Some ...

Guard who opened Berlin Wall speaks

Nov 7, 2014

Guard who opened Berlin Wall speaks

by Erik Kirschbaum

The East German lieutenant colonel who gave the fateful order to throw open the Berlin Wall 25 years ago said he wept in silence a few moments later as hordes of euphoric East Germans swept past him into West Berlin to get their first ...

Typhoon-shattered Philippines slowly on mend a year later

Nov 5, 2014

Typhoon-shattered Philippines slowly on mend a year later

Philippine communities shattered by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago are starting to bustle again as a huge reconstruction effort takes root, but millions of survivors still endure brutal poverty and are dangerously exposed to the next big storm. More than 7,350 people perished as ...

Oct 12, 2014

Abe eyes summit with Palau leader by next spring

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering holding a summit with Palau President Tommy Remengesau by next spring in Japan, ahead of the planned visit to the Pacific island country by the Emperor and Empress, government sources said Saturday. Abe aims to lay the groundwork ...