Hollywood star Angelina Jolie stole the spotlight, as G8 ministers met to discuss tensions on the Korean peninsula and the war in Syria.
Barbara Zanchetta, a London-based expert on war studies, tells DW that analyses of Syria's conflict tend to oversimplify the complex issue by labeling it only as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The US has asked Germany and other countries that have diplomatic relations with North Korea to reconsider them. DW examines those that do and those that don't.
The rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang is increasingly intense. There's a danger war could break out - and a possibility that NATO states and other countries would be obliged to honor treaty obligations.
Foreign Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) nations have called on Russia to help end the war in Syria as they meet in Italy. The gathering comes as tensions rise in the wake of a US airstrike on Syrian forces.
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