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Dozens of wars, endless peace negotiations, terrorism and oil: The Middle East is a tinderbox of competing national and international interests beset by religious strife. The top international interests include stabilizing Iraq's fledgling democracy and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine "appalling" in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. He also discusses the flare-up in the Middle East and US espionage in Germany. Interview Conducted by Roland Nelles and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

Fault lines in Iraq are widening as ISIS advances: Even as the Shiite government in Baghdad digs it its heels, the country's Sunnis are losing their faith in a single nation and the Kurds are hoping for independence. But what is ISIS, really? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2014

Isra al-Mudallal is the outspoken, strong-willed new spokesperson for the Hamas government in Gaza. Her goal is to become a role model for young girls -- but first she has to overcome the region's conservative traditions. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2014

The terror group ISIS has occupied vast portions of Syria and Iraq in the hopes of establishing a caliphate. The jihadists' success lays bare Iraq's disintegration and could ignite yet another civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Naftali Bennett, the head of the the settlements party Jewish Home rejects negotiations with the Palestinians and says he will allow the Israeli government to collapse if necessary. A decision on whether talks will proceed is expected this week. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Tel Aviv more... Comment ]

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: 'I Am Not Familiar With Fear'

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: 'I Am Not Familiar With Fear'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discusses accusations he has become another Saddam Hussein, the return of terrorism to his country and his fear that the civil war in Syria will destabilize the entire region. Interview Conducted By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Three Years of Revolt: What Has Become of Syria's Revolutionaries

Three Years of Revolt: What Has Become of Syria's Revolutionaries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2014

They have fled, they are hungry, they are doing what they can to survive: The Syrian civil war has caused great suffering since the protests agains President Bashar Assad began three years ago. We revisit some of those people we have met in our reporting. By Christoph Reuter and Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Minister and Consoler: The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

Minister and Consoler: The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2014

Mohammed el-Mahdi is Egypt's new minister for reconciliation. He's fighting to create a new country, even as society fragments. It's an uphill task in a land where the military is expanding its power and younger generations are digging their heels in for a fight. By Ralf Hoppe and Daniel Steinvorth in Cairo more... Comment ]

Syria's Bodies: 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

Syria's Bodies: 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2014

Photos released last week show that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad tortures, starves and murders its prisoners. The images provide grisly evidence to support what witnesses have been telling SPIEGEL for months. By Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]