It's a disturbing time for Jews in Europe right now. But the conflict in Ukraine seems to be making that country a little more welcoming to its Jewish citizens, even as they continue leaving the country in large numbers.
The US and Europe are celebrating the victory of pro-European parties in Ukraine's presidential election, saying it's clear sign that Ukraine wants to modernize and move away from Moscow. But just how much of Ukraine's partially-occupied east is on board?
Seventy-five years ago this week, the world was turned upside down when Hitler and Stalin signed a pact of alliance. Within days Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II. Roger Moorhouse, a historian, has a new book out on the momentous but often-forgotten "Devils' Alliance."
Like many doctors around the world, Turkish doctors at public health facilities face often-staggering workloads. But unlike in other places, Turkish doctors now face a stunning amount of violence from disgruntled patients and their relatives.
Egyptian fans already had a taste of Olympic glory last week, when Alaaeldin Abouelkassem captured a silver medal in men's fencing. But the most anticipated event for Egyptians might have been weightlifting, and the team of eight lifters who competed in these Olympic Games included three women.
Rob Adler Peckerar says there's more to Jewish history than Israel and the Holocaust. As executive director of the non-profit Yiddishkayt, he takes young American Jews on trips to explore their European past. The tours are more about life than genocide.
Poland's Communist era started to close 24 years ago this week, when regular Poles struck all of the Communist candidates from the ballots, triggered a constitutional crisis that eventually led to democracy. Perhaps in a sign of how successful that transition was, though, now many Poles have no idea of their country's struggle.
Ukraine is backing away from its plan to join the EU and that has spurred mass demonstrations. Russia is against Ukraine having free trade relations with Europe, and Ukraine's president says his economically-struggling country needs to maintain its important trade ties with Russia.
Ukraine has been gripped by demonstrations for weeks now. Protesters want the President to keep his promise and sign a deal with the European Union. The deal would bail out the country's broken finances and bring it into closer association with Brussels. Russia doesn't like that. It's not the first time in Ukraine's history that is has to decide between East and West.