It was 46 years ago this week that construction began on the Berlin Wall. It divided the city for close to three decades and became one of the most notorious symbols of the Cold War. Many who tried to flee over the wall paid with their lives. But the former East German leadership always denied that there was an official order to kill. Now, a document has come to light proving that East German border guards had explicit orders to shoot at people who were trying to flee to West Berlin.
Try getting anything done in France during August, and you'll come up against a wall: Everything is closed, as most people are on vacation. But apparently not everyone is out of commission. According to some immigrant rights groups, the immigration police are working hard -- deporting more illegal immigrants this summer than ever before. RFI's Sarah Elzas reports from Paris.
More than 2,500 delegates from over 140 nations gathered in Stockholm this week for the annual World Water conference. Every year, scientists, government officials, campaigners and representatives from private industry converge on the Swedish capital to discuss water-related issues. Radio Sweden’s Azariah Kiros attended the opening ceremony and has this report.
In Romania the communist archives are still the skeleton in the closet for both politicians and high clergy alike. The Romanian Orthodox Church is now at a turning point after its Patriarch passed away at the beginning of the month. The search for his successor has reopened the highly sensitive issue of the relationship between church leaders and the communist authorities before 1989. Radio Romania International's Iulian Muresan reports from Bucharest.
And moving now from one church to another, an order of Polish monks has come up with an unusual business idea to support themselves. Now, you may not yet be familiar with "Prayer Book" apricot jam or "Novice Brothers" pickled mushrooms, but the monks' line of products is gaining ground. Michal Kubicki from the Polish Radio External Service visited the Benedictine monks of Tyniec abbey near Krakow and has this report.
Europe is in the grip of summer holidays, and many visitors to Amsterdam this summer are disappointed to find that two of the Dutch capital's world famous museums are closed for renovation with only a tiny portion of their collections on show. But there are a wealth of other, smaller museums in the city to visit. Louise Dunne from Radio Netherlands Worldwide ventured into Amsterdam's Hash Museum.
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