The restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba has triggered debate on how far normalization will go. Human rights fellow Mark P. Lagon tells DW why he doesn't expect dramatic changes to come fast.
President Barack Obama has made a very special declaration of love to Cuba. It's as revolutionary as the Cuban revolution, and as peaceful as the biblical Sermon on the Mount, says DW's Astrid Prange.
Thirty-year-old Markus Kaarma has been convicted of deliberately killing a German exchange student in Montana. Kaarma had argued he shot the teenager in self defense during a home invasion.
Former USAID contractor Alan Gross has set foot on US soil after being released from prison in Havana. He had served five years of a 15-year sentence.
The New York premiere of controversial comedy film "The Interview" has been canceled amid security concerns. An anonymous hacker group warned it intended to target cinemas showing the movie.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has said he has decided to "explore the possibility of running for president" in the 2016 US election. His sibling George W Bush was US president between 2001 and 2009.
Police in the US state of Pennsylvania are searching for a gunman who's suspected to have shot dead six members of his family, including his ex-wife. The man is a former soldier.
In a television interview, former US Vice President Dick Cheney has defended CIA interrogation methods used after 9/11. He said he "would do it again in a minute."
The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner show one-sided reporting in America's media. But in certain cases, says DW's Nalan Sipar, both sides are guilty of misrepresenting the facts.
US lawmakers have passed a funding extension to avert a government shutdown. Leaders however still cannot come to an agreement that would keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year in June.
Germany has to take a clear stand against CIA torture, says Wolfgang Büttner of Human Rights Watch. It's also time for the United States to renounce "enhanced interrogation" techniques, he said.
Republicans in the US Senate have delayed a final vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill. Lawmakers will need to approve an extension of funding to avoid an imminent government shutdown.
The National Truth Commission probing human rights abuses committed by Brazil's former military dictatorship has reported that German companies collaborated with the regime. Among them was VW's Brazilian subsidiary.
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