Everyone knows sparkling turns troubles into bubbles. But one man in Russia's Chelyabinsk region didn't just break out the bubbly, he built with it. Well. Not quite. He used spakling wine bottles to build his house - 12,000 of them.
Russia used its veto twice in 24 hours to deny a new mandate to the UN team looking into chemical weapon attacks in Syria. Moscow said it would not extend the mandate of the probe without fixing its "fundamental flaws."
The UN's annual climate conference is being held this November in Bonn. How does the fight for climate protection look in Russia? Experts complain of massive environmental problems and activists of government pressure.
As some worry that Josef Stalin is being rehabilitated in Russia's collective memory, a new monument to his victims has opened in Moscow. Survivors of his reign of terror are not convinced that it's enough.
Germans are taking to Twitter with twice the gusto now that the site has doubled its character limit to 280. Some used the opportunity to showcase examples of the German language's notoriously long word constructions.
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