A meteor exploded over central Russia, shattering windows and causing hundreds of injuries with sonic blasts. Also, why Chicago’s Crime Commission is calling a Mexican drug lord “public enemy no. 1.” Plus, we ride along on a new family activity in car-crazy China: the holiday road trip.
A meteor estimated to weigh about 10 tons entered the earth’s atmosphere at a speed of 33,000 miles per hour over Russia’s Ural Mountains and caused a shockwave that shattered windows and damaged walls in the town of Chelyabinsk.
The meteor explosion in Russia comes on the same day as an asteroid passes unusually close to Earth. Anchor Carol Hills speaks with Denton Eble, curator of meteorites at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Eble calls the two events a cosmic coincidence.
The State Department this week called on the government of Azerbaijan to protect author Akram Aylisli. The respected elderly author became the subject of protests and threats of violence, because of his latest book.
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.
How did Mexican drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman become Chicago’s Public Enemy Number One? Anchor, Carol Hills talks with AP’s legal reporter Michael Tarm in Chicago.
A network of Americans, including a growing number of veterans, are now helping those who have worked with America’s military get US visas. It is urgent work, especially as US troops prepare to leave Afghanistan and their interpreters behind, many of whom will live in danger for the work they have done. The World’s Monica Campbell reports.
Myanmar is getting high marks for reform. political and otherwise. Among the government’s flurry of activities is a wide-ranging review of its education system. Schools run by Buddhist monks – monastic schools – are likely to play a large part in education reform, as Bruce Wallace reports.
What’s behind Iran’s latest decision to ban pistachio exports? Kamran Dadkhah, an economist at Northeastern University, says the temporary ban is a government effort to bring down the high price of pistachios in Iran’s deflationary economy.
It’s Chinese New Year, and millions and millions of Chinese are traveling home — and back — for the holiday. It’s a massive migration, and most people do it in planes, trains or buses. But this year, Rebecca Kanthor and her Chinese husband are doing what more and more people in China are doing. They’re driving home for the holiday.