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Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

December 31, 2014, 07:18 PM

In an interview, US General John Allen, Washington's special envoy for countering the Islamic State, discusses why he believes the recent military campaign has reversed the terrorist group's momentum but warns the battle to stop its ideology could take years. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


NSA Documents: The Afghanistan Kill List

NSA Documents: The Afghanistan Kill List

December 28, 2014, 08:04 PM


Obama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

Obama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

December 28, 2014, 08:02 PM

Combat operations in Afghanistan may be coming to an end, but a look at secret NATO documents reveals that the US and the UK were far less scrupulous in choosing targets for killing than previously believed. Drug dealers were also on the lists. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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

December 17, 2014, 08:02 PM

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 ]

Dubious Provenance: Pressure Grows for Museums to Return Stolen Objects

Dubious Provenance: Pressure Grows for Museums to Return Stolen Objects

December 10, 2014, 03:45 PM

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

December 09, 2014, 06:19 PM

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

December 09, 2014, 06:19 PM

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

December 08, 2014, 05:02 PM

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'

December 08, 2014, 01:40 PM

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 ]