The BBC radio series Germany: Memories of a Nation is using around 70 objects, including famous buildings and works of art and literature, to revisit 600 years of German history. The aim is to correct an image of Germany that is still defined by the Second World War.
The day before he died, John F. Kennedy was looking ahead to the challenges of the future: "We stand on the edge of a great, new era, filled with both crisis and opportunity, an era to be characterized by achievement and by challenge. It is an era which calls for action."
The debate over the effectiveness of shutting down the government has divided the Republican Party, with experienced lawmakers finding it extreme and "tea party" newcomers, led by Senator Ted Cruz, saying it did not go far enough.
Germany's role as an anchor of economic stability, and its upcoming election, have become a source of fascination and admiration within the British media. Where stereotypes long dominated, a majority of Britons now view Germany as a friendly country.
An election is coming up in the autumn — one which the governing Labor Party doesn't appear likely to win. Will a last-minute change of leadership — in the party and in the country — restore the confidence of voters? It's happened before.
Mississippi is the fattest state in the US. Nearly 35 per cent of people there are very overweight. Would it help if people drank smaller portions of sugary drinks? The state's representatives have acted to prevent any local efforts to limit portion sizes.
Britain is rolling out the heavy artillery to ensure safety at this year's Olympics in London. The military is providing fighter jets, a warship, helicopters, and more British soldiers than are stationed in all of Afghanistan — and that's just the beginning.
Day and night, all the recent news from the United States has had to do with the fiscal crisis. As the deadline approached for finding a solution, the political statements got stronger and the metaphors more colourful.
Canada is preparing to vote for a new parliament. But rather than watch
a debate between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders of other
parties, many Canadians preferred to do something that was more
important to them. What do you think it was?