Islamist militants attack a gas facility in Algeria and take foreign hostages. As President Obama unveils new measures to control gun violence in the US, we look at Russia, where gun controls are tough but the homicide rates remain high. Vietnamese immigrants turn to story telling to document their memories of Vietnam.
Islamist militants have reportedly taken a large group of foreign hostages after attacking a gas facility in Algeria. It is believed several of those hostages are American.
As President Obama pushes Congress to pass measures to curb gun violence, The World continues to explore how the issue of gun control plays out in other countries.
A Boeing 787 was forced to make an emergency landing in Japan after battery problems developed during a flight. It’s the latest in a string of incidents for Boeing’s Dreamliner.
In California, a group of college students has launched an oral storytelling project to draw out how Vietnamese immigrants remember life back home. Many of them arrived here after the Vietnam War.
Linguist Mark Turin takes us on a whirlwind tour of New York City to explore a few of its 800 languages, and find out what happens to them over time.
For the third straight day, protesters in Islamabad demanded the current government step down and be replaced by a caretaker regime until elections are held. The protests are being led by Tahir ul-Qadri, who’s frequently been described in the press as a ‘firebrand cleric.’
Religious and political violence nearly drove the entire Hindu minority away from the region, but some of those migrants are now returning, thanks to a new program by the Indian government.
Soot from diesel engines and coal smoke was a main culprit in the recent Beijing smog crisis. Now a new report says soot is also a much bigger contributor to global warming than had been thought. Host Marco Werman gets the latest on soot from The World’s environment editor Peter Thomson.
The Geo Quiz takes us to Haiti this time, where an unusual event is taking place. It’s a combination flashmob, religious pilgrimage, and parade, called Kita Nago, but what exactly is this Kita Nago? And where is it going?
Stephane Wrembel studied guitar in, among other places, Roma camps outside Paris. He wrote the distinctly Django Reinhardt-like theme for Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” But he disdains the term ‘Gypsy Jazz’, and woe betide anyone who says he’s just following in Reinhardt’s footsteps.