Mali is considered the cradle of modern music: the blues, reggae and Cuban music all have their roots in Mali. The slave trade brought the rhythms and melodies to the US.
A biennial conference of the Protestant Church in Germany has so far attracted some 136,000 people, organizers say. But religion is sometimes being upstaged by politics at the event.
Sex chain Beate Uhse's filing of an insolvency rescue plan has left Germany wondering why the firm failed to keep pace with the revolution it triggered post-war. Its new head Michael Specht says he's still "confident."
Hitler did not invent the torch relay and doped athletes should be mentioned, according to Ancient Greek tradition. Sport historian Manfred Lämmer clears up myths about the Olympic opening ceremony.
Descriptions of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim tend toward the superlative. The celebrated maestro is also a public relations mastermind who puts music in the service of a higher goal.
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