North Korea invests huge sums in its military, despite economic ruin.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is confronted with a phalanx of hardliners. That's why his results have been only moderate. He is depending on the support of the people, says DW's Jamsheed Faroughi.
German scientist Christina Brzuska is living through the war in Tel Aviv first hand. She tells DW how she deals with the rocket bombardment from Hamas and why she stays in Israel in spite of the danger.
US President Barack Obama has conceded that Western sanctions have not had their desired effect on Russia. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on NATO to increase its presence in Eastern Europe.
Hamas has pushed back against claims that it abducted an Israeli soldier, saying it has no information on his whereabouts. Meanwhile, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed since the ceasefire in Gaza collapsed.
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