Beate Stelzer works as first officer on a container ship. As a child, she had dreamed of traveling the world’s oceans. But it took more than 30 years before her dream came true.
Heligoland is an important nesting site for seabirds. Some species only nest here, where they are safe from predators. But the seabirds have a new enemy - against which they have no natural defenses.
As pro-Russia soldiers occupy towns across Crimea, leaders of the region's Tatar minority are mobilizing unarmed field patrols. Though they lack official authority, they hope to prevent inter-ethnic conflict.
Ukraine's army is in a parlous state. What was briefly the world's third-strongest nuclear country is now a Soviet relic. Kyiv's hopes, if there are any, rest with reservists who last fought three decades ago.
A planned referendum over Crimea's Ukrainian status has added to already high tensions on the Black Sea peninsula. One thing its three main ethnic groups all agree on is that they are puppets in a much bigger game.
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