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Caste and chaos in Cannes

Things don’t often look the same on television as they do in reality — and the Cannes Film Festival is no exception. As a Frenchman, I have watched the festival on TV pretty much my entire life, admiring glamorous actresses in outrageous evening gowns and envying the great filmmakers who get to walk down the red carpet. In the background, I would always see the crowd cheering, trying to catch a glimpse of the stars.

Modern Germany: one day at a Munich courthouse

MUNICH, Germany — John Demjanjuk, a 90-year-old on trial for assisting in the murder of nearly 30,000 Jews during World War II, lay on a hospital bed in a Munich courtroom with his eyes closed. In a neighboring room, a young Afghan man cradled his head in hands as his sister-in-law testified that he had killed his wife in a fit of jealousy. And in the hallway between those courtrooms, a gaggle of television cameras waited for the verdict in the trial of a teenager accused of perpetrating an act of random violence that had horrified the nation.

Analysis: Americans should examine the Liberal Democrats

LONDON, United Kingdom — All politics is local — a cliche but true. Although this hasn't stopped the great institutions of American journalism from rushing out reams of commentary — most of it written by people who don't live in Britain — about the result of the British election and its meaning for the United States.

Building a new Holocaust museum

Macedonian Jews erect world-class Holocaust museum

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The construction cranes, heavy machinery and plumes of dust in Skopje’s city center herald the final chapter in one of the Balkans’ saddest tales. After years of delays, Macedonia’s Jews are building a world-class museum to remember their near-extinction in the Holocaust.

Bombings: a new result of Greek crisis?

ATHENS, Greece — Two bombs in 24 hours exploded in Greece’s two largest cities, demonstrating the strength of the country’s guerrilla groups at a time when the public at large is disenchanted with the government. “This is [the groups’] golden era,” said Ioannis Michaletos, a southeastern Europe analyst for the World Security Network. “The financial crisis has gifted them a mainstream support level — they are no longer on the periphery.”

Opinion: Europe needs more than a bailout

WASHINGTON — In 1992 George Soros sold short more than 10 billion pound sterling. He bet that the British government would devalue its currency and withdraw the pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), the precursor to the euro. By locking exchange rates within certain ranges, the ERM helped provide stability across European markets.

Racial tensions mount in Greece

ATHENS, Greece — When he was still a Taliban fighter, Zaher Muhamad never thought he would end up in Greece. But as the might of the United States Army made itself felt in the post-Sept. 11 invasion of Afghanistan, Muhamad was forced to lay down his arms and flee, first to the Pakistani city of Peshawar, then onto Greece via Iran and Turkey. Today, he heads an Afghan immigrant association and lives in St Panteleimon, a gritty Athenian neighborhood balancing awkwardly along the racial fault line dividing the Greek capital.

Who is to blame when giant cocktail parties are organized on Facebook?

The massive cocktail parties that have already left one young man dead and several people injured are raising questions without obvious answers in the age of social media — notably, who is responsible? Answer: No one.

How do you say Jay-Z in Russian?

As of Wednesday, Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov is an official owner of the NJ Nets. Prokhorov bid for the team in September, and it's taken this long to vet him — by all accounts, a difficult process.
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