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Kenyan forces claim to oust the militant Islamic group al-Shabab from its Somali stronghold. Also, a young Saudi blogger expects democratic reforms in Saudi Arabia soon. Plus, Chinese comedian Joe Wong delivers his take on immigration and what he calls “cultural confusion.”
Kenyan forces say they’ve captured the Somali port city of Kismayo and effectively routed the Islamist militant group al-Shabab from its stronghold there.
The Somali capital Mogadishu is now relatively peaceful, under government control, but there are still ‘temporary’ camps that hold thousands of people displaced by the fighting there.
Race could give town first Serb mayor since Ratko Mladic’s forces killed 8,000 in the Bosnian town. Serb candidate says it’s time to move, but survivors say moving on is moving backward.
Aiyah Saihati is a young Saudi writer and businesswoman who believes her country is on the move towards democracy.
The moment when French soccer player Zinedine Zidane headbutted Italian player Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been immortalized by Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for September 28, 2012. Artists featured are: Jesse Cook, Toubab Krewe, Balkan Beat Box, Mory Kante.
The performance, and subsequent jail sentence, of the feminist art collective members has opened a deep and divisive debate on relations between church and state in Russia.
A North Vietnamese soldier’s frayed diary that was returned to Vietnam by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this year, has now been presented to the soldier’s family at a ceremony in their home village in the northern province of Hai Duong, 46 years after the soldier was killed in action in the Vietnam War.
In Ireland, the company that makes Guinness stout created a holiday – Arthur’s Day – to celebrate Guinness and boost sales. But some pub owners say the need for marketing events like that show how Ireland’s pub culture is changing.
A group of students from Uganda have come up with a high-tech version of the Pinard horn, a 19th century tool for diagnosing problems during pregnancy.
Joe Wong originally left China to study biochemistry in the US, but is now a full-time, stand-up comedian. He speaks with anchor Aaron Schachter about his career change and his material.
Mahmoud Takes Manhattan in this slideshow of cartoons about the Iranian president’s visit to the UN General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders in New York. Ahmadinejad has enjoyed the freedom to insult during his visit and President Obama has enjoyed the freedom to express his vigorous defense of the value of freedom of speech. But he still has a lot of convincing to do.
An Israeli government report suggests economic sanctions are hitting Iran hard. And we find out how Iranians are responding to the call for military action against them. Plus, an ancient Japanese musical tradition is performed in Scotland.