Reaction from France on the Algerian hostage crisis and Lance Armstrong’s doping confession. Plus, pressure from China toward unmarried women to get married. And mobility in Mexico City as the capital improves its traffic flow.
Two major stories dominate the headlines in many parts of the world Friday: the ongoing crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria, and the confession of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Those are the top headlines not only in the US, but also in France, which has a long history with Algeria and with Lance Armstrong.
Three days into the Algerian hostage crisis there are still many unknowns. One reason may be the extreme isolation of the gas plant located deep within the Saharan desert nearly 1,000 miles from the capital Algiers. Or is it?
If you’re a woman in China in your late 20s or older, and you’re not yet married, you might find yourself labeled a “leftover woman.” The World’s Mary Kay Magistad reports on why the Chinese government wants highly educated women to get married, and why some are resisting the pressure.
In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s televised admission of doping, The World’s Alex Gallafent makes the connection between doping in sport, the banking crisis, and the lies we all tell ourselves.
These are challenging times for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG charity. Cathy Pharoah is at City University’s Cass Center for Charity Effectiveness in London.
Lance Armstrong’s stupendous fall from grace is the topic of this cartoon slideshow. See Lance with his head in his hands — literally. See Lance take one last injection of drugs: truth serum. And see a little boy being treated for cancer through the Livestrong Foundation wonder if he now has to apologise for taking drugs.
Spain has had high-speed trains for years. But connections to the rest of Europe were clunky. Until now. The World’s Gerry Hadden is among the first passengers to take Spain’s FAST train to France – and the rest of Europe.
The Sustainable Transport Award was given to honor the city’s effort in vastly improving its “livability” through transportation programs that focus more on people than on cars.
Reporter Daniel Estrin reports that going pants-less was a daring thing to do in a city filled with large populations of religiously devout Jews and Muslims.
Samuel Yirga is a member of the UK/Ethiopian group Dub Colossus. Now, the pianist and composer branches out with a solo CD called ‘Guzo.’