IKEA 'deeply regrets' using forced labor of political prisoners in East Germany to make some of its furniture during the 1980s, the company's country manager in Germany said. Embarrassed by media reports, IKEA launched an internal investigation a year ago into whether it had used forced labor behind the Iron Curtain.
At a remote Iraq-Iran border post, US forces watch Iranians watch them. Iran's spy drones circle overhead. But there are plans to make this border crossing a new gateway for tourism between the two countries.
One woman has never forgotten the stranger who helped her return to safety in a divided city.
Readers write about the pen pals they found through the Monitor's old Mail Bag column.