Stories brought to you from the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: continuing clashes on the Saudi-Yemen border; an environmental group says the Australian koala population is dropping precipitously; and Japan increases humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
As a reporter, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff hitch-hiked overnight to Berlin to cover the story. Daniel Fried was working at the Polish desk at the U.S. State Department when the wall came down. Sergey Shestakov was the chief of staff for the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations.
Twenty years later, the residents of Berlin celebrate the historic day that marked the beginning of the end of Communism. Virtually all Berliners remember where they were and what they were doing the day that the wall fell. Mike Kraus, a freelance video journalist, reports from Berlin.
Berlin lies at the center of the German political imagination and was the focal point of the Iron Curtain that separated Eastern and Western Europe during the Cold War. Berlin has also played host to some of America's greatest presidential speeches -- by JFK, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama.
Read how the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall played out in some parts of the blogosphere today. Worldfocus producer Ivette Feliciano translates Cuban and Venezuelan bloggers, and Worldfocus contributing blogger Vadim Nikitn writes about why the Global South feels nostalgic for the former Soviet Union.
Worldfocus producer Christine Kiernan writes about the monumentality of the events that transpired during the fall and winter of 1989 and how much the world has changed since then. She analyzes what the fall of the Iron Curtain meant to her.
Top stories from around the world as compiled by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: Chinese and Korean reactions to the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; deadly mudslides in El Salvador; and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir stays home.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's demise, and world leaders and dignitaries are in Berlin to celebrate the occasion. For three decades, the wall represented Cold War divisions between east and west. Who do you think was most responsible for the fall of the wall: Gorbachev, Reagan, Walesa or someone else?
Carla Robbins of The New York Times and James Rubin of Columbia University discuss Hamid Karzai's second term and the worsening security situation in Afghanistan. They also examine the fallout from a landmark case in Italy involving the alleged CIA abduction and "rendition" of a Muslim cleric.