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1 dead after World War II-era bomb explodes in Germany

ReutersA World War II-era bomb killed a construction worker and injured eight others after it exploded in the German town Euskirchen on Friday.

The bomb was dislodged by a mechanical digger during excavations. Several neighboring streets were also damaged by the explosion. 

Hundreds of World War II bombs are uncovered in Germany every year and most are safely detonated. Euskirchen was often hit by Allied bombs during the war.

Photo: Police officers inspect the wreckage of an excavator and a crater caused by an explosion in the western German city of Euskirchen on Friday. (Ina Fassbender / Reuters)

In Ukraine, We’re Witnessing What Comes After the War on Terror

Maybe this is how the “war on terror” ends.

Since entering his second term, President Obama has signaled his desire to close out a foreign-policy era that he believes has drained America’s economic resources and undermined its democratic ideals. But it hasn’t been easy. Partly, Obama remains wedded to some of the war on terror’s legally dubious tools—especially drone strikes and mass surveillance. And just as importantly, Obama hasn’t had anything to replace the war on terror with. It’s hard to end one foreign-policy era without defining a new one. The post-Cold War age, for instance, dragged on and on until 9/11 suddenly rearranged Americans’ mental map of the world.

Now Russia may have solved Obama’s problem. Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine doesn’t represent as sharp a historical break as 9/11 did, but it does offer the clearest glimpse yet of what the post-war on terror era may look like. To quote Secretary of State John Kerry, what comes after the war on terror is the “19th century.”

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