There is every expectation that Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein will be invited to the White House this month. If it happens, it will be historic: the first state visit by a Burmese leader since 1966. But amid the anticipation is deep concern over a sharp spike in communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. It started a few months ago in western Myanmar, also known as Burma, but has spread to the central part of the country.
Seven young Saudi men, who were due to be put to death for armed robbery, received a stay of execution Tuesday.
The al-Qaeda militants who took over northern Mali imposed their harsh brand of Sharia law, even though senior leaders urged them not to. The common wisdom is that the militants’ behavior alienated most Malians. But that’s not the whole story, as the CBC’s Laura Lynch reports.
American-born al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al Awlaki was killed by US drone strikes in Yemen in September 2011. It turns out that the CIA may have gotten help from a Danish double-agent to get to their target.
Our recent road trip to the city of Gao, center of much of the jihadist troops, revealed suggestions that the area still isn’t secure from the threat of more attacks.
The euphoria greeting French troops who entered Mali this month after Islamist militants threatened to invade the south of the country has given way to a wariness among some who wonder what will follow.
We wanted to know your questions about the rapidly unfolding and complex drama in Mali. We received several questions from readers. The BBC’s Defense and Diplomatic Correspondent Jonathan Marcus offer these responses.
This past weekend in New York, Host Marco Werman had the chance to speak with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who had landed in the city from Mali’s capital Bamako just three days earlier. Like most of her musical colleagues back home right now, music takes a backseat to the daily concerns of war.
On the eve of a referendum on a controversial new constitution for Egypt, tensions are high across the country. There have been reported skirmishes between Islamists and opposition protesters, and President Mohamed Morsi has enlisted Egypt’s military and police to help with security during Saturday’s voting.
There were more protests on Friday against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, as the opposition is rejecting his call for a dialogue. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with The World’s Matthew Bell in Cairo.
People from northern Mali who have fled the conflict there are increasingly frustrated, but what they see as a lack of international concern about their flight.
The World’s Marco Werman catches up with Mali’s Neba Solo, a master of a kind of wooden marimba called the balafon.
In Egypt, the 100-member panel that is writing the country’s new constitution is struggling to create a document that will reflect what kind of country Egyptians want.
Few journalists are allowed into northern Mali, which is now under the control of fundamentalist Islamic groups. But reporter Paul Mben, a Malian himself, did manage to get in, and tells of what he saw there.
Ahmed Abu Khattala is thought to be a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He spent several hours Thursday with two journalists, including New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick.