Young Palestinians gain self-esteem – and find a welcome precision – in a camp-based bagpipe band in southern Lebanon.
Despite progress, trouble looms in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo. Better engagement now by NATO and the EU can prevent backsliding.
Blame the media or blame ourselves for our current celebrity obsession. Either way, it is causing people to go to absurd lengths to grab a piece of fame.
Obama faces pressure to choose an Afghanistan plan that doesn't call for huge commitment of troops.
The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is tasked with trying to win the hearts and minds of Afghans by providing low-cost community projects such as clinics, schools, and fresh water supplies. Two helicopters carrying 60 PRT team members including Commander George Perez (r.) and 1st Sargeant Willie Mitchell (l.) arrive at Barge Matal, in the far north of Nuristan, for a day of meeting with the shura (elders) of the village about what projects the local leaders might want and to set up a medical clinic. This marks the first stage in setting up development projects within the village.
In an interview, Macedonia's new president, Gjorge Ivanov, says he hopes to resolve a long-simmering name dispute with Greece.
US Marines and soldiers are training to fight in Afghanistan, where mules and donkeys can haul supplies and weapons to places where Humvees and helicopters can't easily go.
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