Germany's defense minister has called for cutting back on troops in anti-terror operations, a paper reported. Another top politician said Chancellor Merkel should tell Germany why its soldiers should be in Afghanistan.
Merkel should explain why Germany should be in Afghanistan, Struck said
Like Struck, Defense Minister Jung thinks Germany should stay
The United States claims Russia is firing artillery from its side of the border targeting Ukrainian military forces. Moscow also plans to give pro-Russian separatists heavier and more powerful weapons, says the US.
Vincenzo Nibali has won a fourth stage of the 2014 Tour de France. On Wednesday, the Italian had said that he was now racing himself - and he proved it Thursday on the 18th stage from Pau to Hautacam.
Two linked companies, Espirito Santo Group and RioForte, have applied to Luxembourg courts for protection from their creditors in recent days. The Portuguese family dynasty that owns both companies is at a crossroads.