47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

It started as a routine charter flight. But when the business jet landed in Venezuela, armed men loaded 47 sacks of cocaine on board and forced the crew to fly the cargo back across the Atlantic. Since then, the German pilot has been living under an assumed identity. By Arndt Ginzel, Martin Kraushaar and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]



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Dubious Provenance Pressure Grows for Museums to Return Stolen Objects

Dubious Provenance: Pressure Grows for Museums to Return Stolen Objects

The German government wants to help rein in illicit excavations and trade in archeological objects with a tough new law. The move is expected to create pressure for some of country's most-famous museums, which contain numerous works of unknown provenance. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


Generations of Victims Bhopal's Unending Catrastrophe

Generations of Victims: Bhopal's Unending Catrastrophe

Thirty years after the worst chemical accident in history, the disaster is hitting a new generation. The victims have received little help, professional clean-up has not happened and there are no signs the ongoing environmental catastrophe will end. By Anne Backhaus and Simone Salden in Bhopal, India more... Comment ]

Bhopal The Unending Catastrophe

Bhopal: The Unending Catastrophe

Tens of thousands of people died in 1984 when a cloud of poisonous gas from a pesticide factory enveloped Bhopal. Survivors are still suffering today, as are their children and grandchildren. Birth defects are common and the environment remains badly polluted. A Multimedia Feature by  Simone Salden, Anne Backhaus and Chris Kurt   more...

The 390-Euro Man A Pakistani Slave's Path to Freedom

The 390-Euro Man: A Pakistani Slave's Path to Freedom

For more than 16 years, Hanif Masih worked as an indentured servant in a brick factory in Pakistan. Then, an aid organization purchased his freedom. Though he remains extremely poor, he is one of the lucky ones. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Epidemics Expert Jeremy Farrar 'The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease Is Drug Resistance'

Epidemics Expert Jeremy Farrar: 'The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease Is Drug Resistance'

British medical expert Jeremy Farrar is a key figure in the fight against Ebola and other infectious diseases. In a SPIEGEL interview, he says that the development of vaccines is key because drug-resistant viruses and bacteria pose immense dangers. Interview by Katrin Elger and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

America's Reserved Air War Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

The United States has conducted far fewer sorties in its battle against the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than in previous wars. Military officials claim one reason is a much higher air-strike hit ratio. more...

Racial Divide The Tragedy of America's First Black President

Racial Divide: The Tragedy of America's First Black President

Police killings of black youth in Ferguson and Cleveland have outraged many in the US. The tragic events show how deep the societal divide remains between blacks and whites. Many have given up hope that President Obama can change anything. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Speed Science The Global Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine

Speed Science: The Global Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine

Medical researchers are frantically testing new drugs and vaccines in the hope of slowing down the Ebola epidemic. Thus far, results have been promising. It may only be a matter of weeks before the first patients in West Africa can be treated. By Veronika Hackenbroch, Markus Grill and Katrin Elger more... Comment ]

The Jihad Cult Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

Hundreds of young German Islamists have traveled to Syria to fight with the terrorist group Islamic State. SPIEGEL explored the extremist scene in Germany and the fascination with jihad in order to find answers about what drives people to join the murderous cult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]