Berlin / Germany (Weltexpress). Summertime in Germany has become a popular time and place for several American presidents over the past 50 years, ever since John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963.
Lough Erne / Northern Ireland, GB (Weltexpress). The heads of government of the world’s biggest economic powers on Tuesday urged the conflicting sides in the Syrian civil war to destroy or expel all al-Qaida affiliates fighting in the country.
Moscow / Russia (Weltexpress). United States intelligence officers based in Britain allegedly spied on then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during his participation in the 2009 G20 summit in London when he met with US President Barack Obama for the first time, according to documents leaked by whis
Damascus / Syria, Cario / Egypt (Weltexpress). Syria’s authorities have condemned Egypt’s decision to sever diplomatic relations with Damascus and support the uprising against President Bashar Assad.
Tel Aviv / Israel (Weltexpress). No opera by Richard Wagner could have been more dramatic. It looked as if it was directed by a genius.
Ankara / Turkey (Weltexpress). Any demonstrations in the center of Ankara, the scene of fierce clashes between protesters and police in the past three weeks, will be prohibited from June 16, the Ankara governor’s office reported on its website on Sunday.
Washinton / USA (Weltexpress). The head of the US National Security Agency (NSA) told a congressional committee Wednesday that he knows of “no way” former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could tap into the phone calls and emails of any American.
Hong Kong / China (Weltexpress). Whistleblowing former CIA employee Edward Snowden who is holed up in Hong Kong said he will fight any US attempts to extradite him.
Rome / Italy, Istanbul, Ankara / Turkey (Weltexpress). Italy’s foreign minister has rejected comparisons between the current anti-government protests in Turkey and the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled governments in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
Kabul / Afghanistan (Weltexpress). All seven militants who staged an attack near Afghanistan's Kabul International Airport early on Monday morning have been killed in a security operation, Al Jazeera reported.
Washington / USA (Weltexpress). The White House declined Monday to comment on the revelation by a former CIA employee of an extensive government surveillance program but said a broad social debate on balancing national security and citizen’s privacy would be “absolutely appropriate.”
Tel Aviv / Israel (Weltexpress). During the Spanish civil war of 1936, a news story reported the deaths of 82 Moroccans, 53 Italians, 48 Russians, 34 Germans, 17 Englishmen, 13 Americans and 8 Frenchmen. Also 1 Spaniard.
Aleppo / Syria (Weltexpress). The Syrian Army has launched a major offensive in Aleppo to retake the rebel-held northern city, the Al-Manar website said on Sunday.
Syria (Weltexpress). The Syrian opposition will not agree to take part in the proposed peace conference unless its forces get new weapons, a top opposition military commander told New York Times on Saturday.
Ankara, Istanbul / Turkey (Weltexpress). Over 3,000 people were injured and one killed in Turkey over the last two days as anti-government protests kept spreading across the country on Monday, CNN reported citing data from the Turkish Medical Association.