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Back from the 'Caliphate': Returnee Says IS Recruiting for Terror Attacks in Germany

Back from the 'Caliphate': Returnee Says IS Recruiting for Terror Attacks in Germany

December 16, 2015, 11:16 AM

Islamist extremist Harry S. wasn't in Syria for long. But during his stay there, he claims, Islamic State leaders repeatedly tried to recruit him to commit terror attacks in Germany. Security officials believe he could be telling the truth. By Hubert Gude and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


'Execution Orgy': Pakistan Learns from a Brutal Terrorist Attack

'Execution Orgy': Pakistan Learns from a Brutal Terrorist Attack

December 14, 2015, 03:33 PM

One year ago, Taliban attackers stormed a school in Peshawar and killed over 130 children. Since then, the government and military have begun taking security seriously. Many say the country has changed for the better. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]


Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh'

Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh'

December 10, 2015, 04:51 PM

Turkish author Elif Shafak sees her country as a "wobbly democracy," increasingly authoritarian, polarized and depressed. And she is disappointed by European silence. Interview by Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Tuvalu Prime Minister on Global Warming: A Cry for Help from 'the Edge of the Cliff'

Tuvalu Prime Minister on Global Warming: A Cry for Help from 'the Edge of the Cliff'

December 10, 2015, 11:32 AM

The Pacific atoll of Tuvalu is one of the countries most threatened by global warming. Already, people have begun leaving as sea levels rise. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga fears that the world still doesn't care about the world's most threatened populations. more... Comment ]

The Beachhead: Islamic State Uses Libya to Gain African Foothold

The Beachhead: Islamic State Uses Libya to Gain African Foothold

December 08, 2015, 05:02 PM

The Islamic State is using the same strategy it deployed in Syria in order to expand its territory in North Africa. Libya has become the center of its deadly activities in the region. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State

December 08, 2015, 05:00 PM

In the fight against Islamic State, the West is considering cooperating with the Syrian army. There's a hitch though: Assad's troops aren't just too weak to defeat IS -- they also have no interest in doing so. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

December 08, 2015, 12:37 PM

Germany has approved the deployment of reconnaissance planes, a frigate and support personnel to support the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Experts say IS can't be defeated with air strikes alone. Will Germany ultimately be forced to send in ground troops? By Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

December 04, 2015, 04:27 PM

Islamic State is a master at using the Internet to spread propaganda. SPIEGEL ONLINE research indicates European companies may be providing the terrorist organization Internet access by satellite dish. By Nicolai Kwasniewski more... Comment ]

Interview with Afghan President Ghani: 'I Have To Hold Our Country Together'

Interview with Afghan President Ghani: 'I Have To Hold Our Country Together'

December 02, 2015, 12:23 PM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is calling for greater support for Afghanistan, where the Taliban's strength is growing. The fact that tens of thousands are fleeing his country to Europe is likely to be a major topic of his meeting with Chancellor Merkel on Thursday. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl in Kabul, Afghanistan more... Comment ]

Going for Broke in Paris: It's Now or Never for the Climate

Going for Broke in Paris: It's Now or Never for the Climate

December 01, 2015, 11:51 AM

This week, the most important event of the year began: 195 countries are negotiating the future of our planet in Paris. The world's most powerful leaders must now demand sacrifices from their citizens in order to save the climate. A Commentary by Florian Harms more... Comment ]