Opinion

  • AP Exclusive: Al-Qaida trains Norwegian to attack
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    2012-06-26 02:03:57 UTC

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies told The Associated Press on Monday. Western intelligence officials have long feared such a scenario — a convert to Islam who is...
  • Iran's dreams for influence stymied in Egypt
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    2012-06-14 07:03:40 UTC

    CAIRO (AP) — Iran once saw the Arab Spring uprisings as a prime opportunity, hoping it would open the door for it to spread its influence in countries whose autocratic leaders long shunned Tehran's ruling clerics. But it is finding the new order no more welcoming. Egypt is a prime example. Egypt has sporadically looked more friendly...
  • Election in Germany: Merkel has a new rival
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    2012-05-14 16:35:00 UTC

    DW - The Social Democrats and Greens have handily won the election in Germany's biggest state. Hannelore Kraft is now an obvious rival to Angela Merkel in next year's national election. Rarely was an election result so clear. The chancellor's party stared into the abyss. On their home turf, the Social Democrats (SPD) bounded back, a...
  • NRW vote likely to cause shakeup at national level
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    2012-05-14 15:59:59 UTC

    Germany ( DW ) - For political scientist, Thorsten Faas, the conservative CDU's clear defeat in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) election was the biggest surprise. But, the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) also staged an impressive comeback. DW: Mr Faas, what was the biggest surprise for you personally in the outcome of the NRW state el...
  • Israel to Iran: We love you
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    2012-05-11 22:12:19 UTC

    (DW)- With the outcome of last month's international negotiations about Iran's nuclear program still unknown, a bottom-up initiative in Israel is taking diplomacy into its own hands. While the Israeli government has threatened military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons that could wipe out the small na...
  • Study: Outside media changing N. Korean worldview
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    2012-05-10 19:09:10 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing availability of news media and cellphones in reclusive North Korea likely forced it to admit within hours that its long-range rocket launch last month was a failure, the U.S. human rights envoy to the country said Thursday. The envoy, Robert King, was speaking at the launch of a U.S. government-funded s...
  • AP Interview: Pakistan army says US scapegoating
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    2012-05-08 09:01:31 UTC

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — American efforts to talk peace with insurgents in Afghanistan mean Washington can no longer expect Pakistan to attack all the militant factions on its side of the border, some of whom Islamabad is also reaching out to, the commander of Pakistan's forces along the frontier told The Associated Press. In a sig...
  • German President Gauck visit about 'sharing freedom'
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    2012-05-05 23:03:24 UTC

    Germany/ The Netherlands (DW) - The German president's visit to Holland shows the two countries' 'common concerns and goals,' said a Dutch studies professor. He discounted protests against Germany's refusal to extradite war criminals. DW: German President Joachim Gauck visited the Netherlands on May 5, the day the Dutch celebrate th...
  • Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
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    2012-05-01 01:42:15 UTC

    A group of 23 scientists from across the globe have called for a drastic rethink on consumption to fight poverty as global population rises. They say incentives and regulation are needed to achieve a balance. Levels of consumption between developing and developed nations must be rebalanced to fight absolute poverty, which affects arou...
  • Africa: 'For much of Africa, water resources are available'
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    2012-05-01 01:34:31 UTC

    Africa's chronic shortage of fresh water could be alleviated by stepping up efforts to access groundwater reserves, or aquifers. UK scientists have produced a pan-African map of reserves that are found deep underground. DW spoke to Alan MacDonald, Chief Hydrogeologist at the British Geological Survey. He led the two-year study, which ...
  • The ghost of North Korea
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    2012-04-27 19:27:21 UTC

    Yuriko Koike is a former Minister of Defence and National Security Adviser of Japan. Tokyo, Japan - At 7:39 am on April 13, North Korea fired a missile (which it called a satellite launch) in the face of opposition from almost the entire international community. In a perverse way, the world got its way, because the vehicle exploded...
  • World must step in to avert South Sudan crisis
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    2012-04-27 19:14:46 UTC

    The dried up cattle pond is only a few meters off the red road that runs through Jamam refugee camp. It's a huge hole in the ground, long emptied by the blazing sun. At the bottom of this pit women and children dig with cups and bowls in the smelly, spongy mud for the little dirty water that seeps into their shallow wells. Jamam ref...
  • German ambassador: Electoral justice and politically motivated trials in Ukraine should not overshadow Euro 2012
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    2012-04-27 19:02:17 UTC

    An exclusive interview of German Ambassador to Ukraine Hans-Jurgen Heimsoeth with the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency Q: What main mistakes, in your opinion, is Ukraine making on its road to Europe? A: You must really want to integrate into European structures and do everything necessary for this. It is not enough just to write laws...
  • Conn. governor signs bill to repeal death penalty
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    2012-04-27 18:54:38 UTC

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a new law Wednesday that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, making Connecticut the 17th state to abolish capital punishment. The Democrat signed the bill behind closed doors, without fanfare. An aide said Malloy was surrounded by lawmakers, clergy and family ...
  • Large Majorities in US and Europe Endorse Focus on Renewable Energy
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    2012-04-27 18:35:40 UTC

    But US Support for Deemphasizing Fossil Fuels Softens. As world energy markets react to Iranian threats to close the Straits of Hormuz and the World Future Energy Summit convenes in Abu Dhabi this week, newly updated digests of American and international public opinion reveal very strong European and American public support for rene...
  • American Public Favors Safe Havens in Syria
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    2012-04-27 18:21:09 UTC

    Half Approve US Providing Air Cover, But Not Troops. Two thirds of Americans approve of the idea of the Arab League and Turkey establishing safe havens inside Syria, to provide Syrians who are at risk of being attacked by government forces a place to retreat. Half (48%) approve of the US providing air cover, though nearly as many...
  • American Public Opposes Israel Striking Iran
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    2012-04-27 18:05:48 UTC

    If Israel and Iran Have Military Conflict, Americans Say US Should Stay Out. A new poll finds that only one in four Americans favors Israel conducting a military strike against Iran's nuclear program. Seven in ten (69%) favor the US and other major powers continuing to pursue negotiations with Iran, a position that is supported by m...
  • Obama should push bankruptcy relief for student loans
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    2012-04-27 17:52:24 UTC

    Editor's note: Anya Kamenetz is a senior writer at Fast Company magazine and the author of Generation Debt, DIY U, and the free book The Edupunks' Guide. (CNN) - This week President Obama did a swing through some college campuses talking about student loan debt. The immediate issue is the 3.4% interest rate on federal student loan...
  • Parents wire kids to prove teachers' verbal abuse
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    2012-04-27 15:11:35 UTC

    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Teachers hurled insults like "bastard," ''tard," ''damn dumb" and "a hippo in a ballerina suit." A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, "Shut up, you little dog." They were all special needs students, and their parents all learned about the verbal abuse the same way — by...
  • Examining mechanisms behind gun rampages
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    2012-04-13 22:52:32 UTC

    How can apparently normal young men become coldblooded murderers? In "The Amok Complex", the author Ines Geipel searches for answers. She examines five shocking examples and the mechanisms behind them. Almost ten years ago to the day, the inconceivable happened. In April 2002, a 19 year-old stormed into his high school in Erfurt and c...
  • Iranian Protesters: The Jeannie Is Out Of The Bottle
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    2018-01-02 07:21:13 UTC

    <blockquote><h3> Demonstrations in a number of Iranian cities have taken an unexpected turn. Initially instigated by the clerics, they've been taken over by secular forces predominantly opposed to the mullahs’ regime.</h3>Be careful, Iranian Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri had said. Anyone who stirs up political protest runs the risk o...