As the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach, controversy over Russia's treatment of homosexuals threatens to overshadow the Games. The IOC has expressed its concern over a vague new law against "gay propaganda."
The Israeli leader has accused Iran of filling the void in Syria left by the so-called "Islamic State." Israel has expressed concern that de-escalation zones brokered by Moscow pose a security threat.
A Russian anti-abortion group claims it has collected a million signatures supporting a ban of the procedure. Nearly 100 years after Soviet Russia legalized abortion, the debate is back, reports Emily Sherwin in Moscow.
Seven countries have taken part in the recent 'friendly' war games held in Siberia. Russia hopes to forge connections by bringing international troops together in this way.
Berlin attracts gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersexuals from around the world. Even refugees come to the capital for this reason. But they don't always feel safe there, says columnist Gero Schliess.
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