Us bombing of clinic in kunduz: obama apologizes

U.S. President Obama has apologized by phone to Doctors Without Borders. The aid organization insists on an international investigation.

Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, calls for an investigation into the bombing. Photo: reuters

It is not every day that a U.S. president apologizes for U.S. bombs. Barack Obama has done so. On Wednesday, he called Joanne Liu, president of the aid organization Medicins Sans Frontières (MSF). He offered his condolences for the 22 people killed, including 12 of her organization’s staff.


Muslim culture in germany: and islam is changing after all

German society is changing Muslim culture. In a fashion studio and an eco-mosque, you can see how.

Isikali Karayel at the Twelve Apostles Cemetery in Berlin: "finally a place for Muslims in the middle of the city" Photo: raa

If you were looking for a picture where you could immediately see that Islam somehow stands at an angle in the German landscape, that it does not belong to German history, that it is a "foreign body" that can find "no home" in Germany, as it says, for example, from the AfD: You could find it at the Twelve Apostles Cemetery in Berlin.


Cake on afd functionary: the clown did it!

The Peng collective goes after Beatrix von Storch with a cream cake. Justification: As a last resort, the use of cream cakes should be allowed.

For a rule-compliant tort, the bottom cut here could already be too thick. Photo: dpa

The question is, of course, as always: Where does the border run? It’s about Germany’s land borders, the limits of public debate and, in this case, the limits of good taste. Beatrix von Storch, member of the European Parliament and AfD state chairwoman in Berlin, got a pie in the face on Sunday – at a non-public party meeting in Kassel’s Pentahotel.


Commentary groko-liebe der fdp: von wegen keine ausschlieberitis

The FDP in Lower Saxony does not want a traffic light with the Greens, but Jamaica is not out of the question. Such a stance seems extremely implausible

A team soon? If it comes to the Groko, then thanks to the FDP. Photo: dpa

The FDP is making a fool of itself. After the state elections in Lower Saxony, the Liberals rule out a traffic light coalition because of the intolerable state Greens, but can imagine a Jamaica alliance. After all, "you can’t refuse everyone by being exclusionary," said FDP Secretary General Gero Hocker the morning after the election. But the Greens would then still be the same. And the FDP would have a credibility problem.


After the us exit: climate policy becomes more chinese

The balance is shifting. With the U.S. exit, money and a lobby for transparency and human rights are missing.

Imported from Australia: For all its progress, China is the world’s biggest carbon user Photo: dpa

The official slogan of the UN Climate Change Secretariat UNFCCC is full of hope: "We’re making speed on climate protection!" is written under the photos of jubilant delegates hugging each other at the Paris conference on Dec. 12, 2015. The photos hang at the headquarters of the Secretariat in Bonn, where the next climate conference will be held in November. But there will be no more talk of speed then.


Press beat column: separate siblings

Thanks to their unbundling experts, RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg are allowed to duke it out. But wildness reigns elsewhere as well.

Similarities with RB Leipzig are purely coincidental: RB Salzburg players celebrate a goal Photo: apa/dpa

What the abbreviation FKK stands for is widely known. Friends of nudism like to lie naked on beaches and lakes, so far, so good. But only very few people know what the acronym FKKK is all about. The FKK is the Uefa financial control chamber for clubs. It checks whether everything in European soccer is above board. And that is necessary. Because on September 20, there will be a strange duel.


Presidential election in tunisia: first the heart, then the head

After a colorful election campaign: Tunisians vote directly on their president for the first time in the country’s history.

Supporter with candidate Beji Caid Essebsi’s sticker on her cheek. Picture: dpa

"Tunisia, the first democracy of the Arab world!" someone spray-painted on a construction fence on Avenue Bourguiba. This is where the Arab Spring once celebrated its first success – with the fall of the dictator on January 14, 2011. And now there has been a permanent election campaign for weeks: This coming Sunday, Tunisians will go to the polls in the first round of the presidential election, after they already determined their parliament – with the new constitution – at the end of October. For the first time, a head of state in Tunisia will be elected directly by the people.


Egyptian ex-president dies: mursi collapses in courtroom

Islamist Mursi was Egypt’s first freely elected president – until he was overthrown by the military in 2013. Now he died during a court trial.

Cause of death unknown: Mohammed Mursi in prison (archive photo) Photo: dpa

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi is dead. Egyptian state television reported Monday that he fell unconscious and died during a trial against him. Mursi was 67 years old. The exact cause of death was initially unknown.


Commentary repression in sudan: tiananmen becomes the rule

The fall of al-Bashir was the success of a courageous protest movement. But it is now being crushed and left alone by the world.

People stood their ground for months against state violence, seen here protesting in April Photo: reuters

Many people could hardly believe it when one of the world’s most murderous rulers, Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Sudan, was deposed on April 11 after thirty years of terror. The regime change, carried out by Sudan’s military, represented the triumph of a popular movement that had dared to take the dream of a free society to the streets.