As the second presidential inauguration of Vladimir Putin approaches, a former correspondent who once worked for him looks at the world view of the Russian iron man. His theory: The president is feeling dissed by the West and believes it conspires to "destroy" Russia.
During a train trip across Germany, a Monitor correspondent noted regional differences that make neo-Nazi culture appealing in the east and alien in the west. A murder last week exposed the existence neo-Nazi cells in the country.
Japan players celebrate with the trophy after winning the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. The Japanese women's soccer team won their first World Cup Sunday after defeating USA in a penalty shoot-out.
The sixth 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 26 to July 17 in cities across Germany. Marta Vieira da Silva, a Brazilian forward nicknamed 'Pele with skirts,' is considered to be the best female soccer player in the world. Here she jumps over Trine Ronning of Norway during a match in Wolfsburg, Germany, on July 3.