The European Court of Human Rights rules in favor of a man who claimed he was a victim of the CIA’s renditions program. Also, a long-term global study on global health shows people around the world are living longer, but not necessarily healthier lives. Plus, a New York tribute to the classic Dominican musical style called bachata.
Two cases involving CIA torture and extraordinary rendition of terror suspects made the news Thursday. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from the BBC’s Dominic Casciani.
Stories of arch terrorists, or suspected terrorists being falsely imprisoned, have become recent fodder for Hollywood. There’s the 2007 film “Rendition,” which tells the story of an extraordinary rendition. Marco Werman speaks with Kamran Pasha, who helped create the series “Sleeper Cell” about an FBI agent assigned to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell.
North Koreans who flee their homeland aren’t always government opponents. Some of those who risk their lives to escape into China, often wading through strong currents on the icy Tumen River are simply seeking a job and a way to feed their family.
Forget Klingon, Na’vi and Dothraki, and consider instead the invented languages of novels: Elvish, Pravic, the language of the Ariekei and Wardwesân.
People around the world are living longer than they did a few decades ago, but they aren’t necessarily healthier. Tobacco and alcohol-related problems are on the rise, as are diabetes, obesity and depression.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for December 13, 2012. Artists featured are: Vieux Farka Toure, Habib Koite, Brownout, Mdungu.
Can you name the city where one of Hans Christian Anderson’s earliest fairy tales was found?
Ibrahima Diallo moved from Senegal to New York in 2003. Since then he’s made a career as an accredited New York City tour guide. But, like everyone, Diallo has a personal map of the city too, of places that are special to him, and he gave The World’s Alex Gallafent a tour.
Soccer fan, Arrigo Brovedani, was surprised to find himself all alone in the visitors’ stand when he went to an away game for his beloved Udinese. His loyalty has now made him a minor celebrity in Italy.
Two generations of bachata musicians gathered to pay homage to the classic style of music from the Dominican Republic’s rural north. Bruce Wallace went to a performance in New York City.
North Korea draws international condemnation with its rocket launch. Also, why Russia plans to launch a state-run Islamic TV channel. Plus, the legacy of the renowned sitar master, the late Ravi Shankar.
The US and the international community are condemning North Korea’s rocket launch as a thinly-disguised ballistic missile test. Former Ambassador Christopher Hill says though we often hear reports about North Korea going against the will of the international community, this latest launch is pretty significant.
North Korea limits its citizens access to mobile phones and a government-sponsored intranet, but it can’t shield its population entirely from the widening reach of global technology, says Scott Thomas Bruce with the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability.
China has a long history of propaganda. And one man who lived through much of it has opened a propaganda poster museum in Shanghai. The World’s Mary Kay Magistad visited the museum.