Horses stand in a meadow in Gemuenden, Germany, during a heavy snowfall.
An Iraqi woman is kissed by a nun at a funeral for two slain Christian brothers in Mosul, 225 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. Gunmen shot and killed two Christian brothers Monday in a northern Iraqi city in the latest in a spate of attacks targeting the religious minority, Iraqi police said. A lawmaker called on Iraq's government Tuesday to better protect its dwindling Christian community and lambasted other nations that have offered asylum to fleeing Christians as meddling in Iraq's problems.
When the US had its own human rights record reviewed by the UN, the usual repressive regimes took the opportunity to condemn others while glossing over their own abuses. But history shows that human rights reporting can and does advance the cause of human rights worldwide.
As the West gears up for a NATO summit, free nations must consider how to be smarter about their tools of influence.
A person passes through morning sunlight shining through vented steam in a sidewalk in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Budapest Zoo's 18-year-old polar bear, Vitush, plays with a ball in his pool in Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 5, 2009.
Hungary's toxic red sludge spill reached the Danube today at toxicity levels beyond what environmentalists expected. Will it threaten the Black Sea?
Officials in Hungary declared a state of emergency in several towns after red sludge from alumina refinery swept through several communities.
Tunde Erdelyi (l.) saves her cat while Janos Kis (r.) walks into their yard flooded by toxic mud in the town of Devecser, Hungary, on Oct. 5. Monday's flooding was caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant in western Hungary and has affected seven towns near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant 100 miles southwest of the capital Budapest. The Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency in three counties in western Hungary due to the alumina sludge spill.