The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier — and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still is. A seven-year study in the Czech Republic’s Sumava National Park showed that the original Iron Curtain line still deters one species, red deer, from crossing.
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.
A car bomb and a suicide bomber kill 17 people in Baghdad and wound at least 47. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Australia announced Wednesday that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian dollars ($11.5 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. “This is one of the largest defense purchases that Australia has ever made,” Abbott told reporters.
"But it is temporary and we are not looking for a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach." Foreign banks active in Zimbabwe include units of Barclays Plc and Standard Chartered Plc as well as South Africa’s Standard Bank and Nedbank. None have made investments in the country’s locally-owned banks.
President Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night for a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region. Obama’s travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region. (April 23)
They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. The U.N. says hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity state, a tragic reflection of longstanding ethnic hostilities in the world’s newest country. “Piles and piles” of bodies were left behind after the shootings, said Toby Lanzer, the top U.N. aid official in South Sudan.
The trial against a 65-year-old man accused of murdering two teens who entered his home is underway in Minnesota, stirring debate about how far people can go in defending their homes. Byron Smith, a retired security engineer for the U.S. Department of State, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of cousins Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 16, on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
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