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US targets 2 top al-Qaida leaders in northeastern Afghanistan

U.S. officials on Thursday were evaluating the results of airstrikes that targeted two senior al-Qaida leaders whose deaths the Pentagon said would be a “significant blow” to the group in Afghanistan.

‘I was doing what I was trained to do’

People lauded for heroic deeds often deflect the praise by saying they had no choice but to act as they did.


‘I knew where I was; I knew what I was doing’

Sometimes heroism is a team effort. That’s how Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Staph and Lt. J.D. Hess describe their roles in the helicopter rescue last year of two sailors whose boat was disabled during a winter storm 200 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.


Iimori in Frankfurt boasts delicious desserts and a comfy setting

Iimori is a patisserie located just a few steps from the Frankfurt Cathedral. The area has its share of souvenir shops and middling restaurants, but Iimori is no tourist trap.


TRAVEL

German beer: 500 years of pure pleasure

At first glance, Germany’s Reinheitsgebot seems straightforward enough. Known in English as the Beer Purity Law, it limits the ingredients in German beers to water, barley and hops.


GALLERY

Grafenwoehr 5th-grader plays it cool in winning European spelling bee

Participants in the European PTA Spelling Bee on Saturday displayed the kind of confidence and composure that would have put most adults to shame.


Carter secures support for accelerated campaign against Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he secured unanimous support Thursday from allies in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group for an accelerated campaign against the militants as well as broad commitments for additional resources.


NATO allies to send multinational rotational force to eastern Europe

NATO allies agreed on Wednesday to send a new force into eastern Europe on a rotational basis to deter a more assertive Russia, a move that could significantly increase tensions with Moscow.


Vapiano offers outstanding pizza in Kaiserslautern

With the arrival of Vapiano a few months ago, it’s possible to get pizza in Kaiserslautern that is not just good but truly outstanding.


Saarbruecken: Exhibit is a study in photorealist's technique

The exhibit hall in Saarbruecken, Germany, where the work of Swiss artist Franz Gertsch is now on display, gives the impression of a field or a quiet wood.


Istanbul Kebap Haus becomes a fast favorite in Kaiserslautern

Visions of chicken sac tava filled my head when the first signs went up several months ago announcing the opening of a new Turkish restaurant in Kaiserslautern’s pedestrian zone.


Cafe No. 15 serves a good cup of Joe in a relaxing setting

One of the two great pleasures in life is a good cup of coffee; the other is a relaxing, stimulating place in which to enjoy it.