The central question of the presidential election came down to this: Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, it depends on who you ask and how you measure it. A small, but growing group thinkers say traditional economic measures don’t give an accurate picture of the true health of our economy. And their movement is gaining steam.
Spain took another economic hit, as the country’s main airline, Iberia, announced it’s getting rid of 4,500 jobs. The World’s Gerry Hadden has the story.
Muay Thai boxing is Thailand’s national sport. Boxing with eight limbs – legs, knees and elbows as well as arms – is not for the faint-hearted, combatants can be female, and even American.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for November 9, 2012. Artists featured are: Gordon Sanchez, Malombo, Kalaban Coura, Vieux Farka Toure, RJD2, Balafon Marimba Ensemble.
Justin Welby, a former oil executive, has been chosen to be the new Archbishop of Canterbury, and spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans. The 56-year-old has had a meteoric rise within the Anglican Church and takes over a global flock riven by divisions. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with the BBC’s Jane Little about Justin Welby.
An initiative called Houses From Within offers residents of Jerusalem the opportunity to see buildings that are usually off-limits to the public – from the inside.
A Chinese company is set to begin mining one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposits. Cash strapped Afghanistan could potentially reap billions of dollars in revenue from the deal. But there’s a hitch. There’s an ancient Buddhist monastery there and the site is full of old Buddha statues and artifacts.
German Dietmar Machold lived the high-life in Vienna as one of the world’s foremost experts on violins. But it was all a ponzi scheme. And Friday, an Austrian court convicted him of embezzlement and fraud. Aaron Schachter tells the sad tale.
The heirs of french film pioneer Georges Méliès have taken their ancestor’s films on tour across the United States. The silent films are presented the way they were meant to be: in a theater, with narration and piano accompaniment. The World’s Adeline Sire reports.
China’s Communist Party opens a Congress that will appoint a new set of national leaders. Maronite Christians in Israel bring Aramaic back to life. And Afghan religious extremists can’t stop one young female rapper from singing her songs.
The Chinese Communist Party opened a pivotal Congress, which will usher in a new set of Chinese leaders. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with The World’s Mary Kay Magistad in Beijing.
Egypt’s public prosecutor this week ordered internet service providers to block pornographic websites. The move is popular with resurgent religious conservatives, but is being condemned by liberals who fear increasing censorship. We speak with reporter Noel King in Cairo.
Hurricane Sandy hit Cuba hard. The storm ripped through Santiago, in the southern end of the island, damaging an estimated 230,000 homes and leaving 11 Cubans dead. Sandy also wiped out thousands of acres of staple crops. Now concerns are growing that food will become scarce.
Israel’s Begin Center in Jerusalem is raising money to commemorate a painful but pivotal episode in Israel’s history. In 1948, a Jewish group headed by Menachem Begin brought in a cache of weapons aboard the Altalena, a ship carrying Jewish refugees. The fledgling state’s leader, David Ben Gurion, ordered the army to attack the ship, arguing that Begin’s group, the Irgun, was a rogue militia.