What Italy’s anti-austerity Five Star Movement is planing after its unexpected success at the polls. Also, the growing flood threat posed by lakes filled by melting glaciers around the globe. Plus, how one singer from Mali wound up with careers in both music and car sales.
Italy’s election results have produced a political gridlock that scares Europe and global investors. But also a winner: The anti-establishment “Five Star Movement” led by former comedian Beppe Grillo.
Fiscal stability is on the minds of many Americans as the sequester deadline looms. There’s been much discussion about how unpleasant the cuts could be, and how they might slow down the economy. Europeans are brutally familiar with that kind of austerity.
News of a new study showing that a “Mediterranean diet” is good for your health isn’t really news for people in Spain.
Rapidly melting glaciers are creating more and bigger glacial lakes around the world, bringing a growing threat of catastrophic floods for communities below. Daniel Grossman reports from Peru.
The government of South Africa is invoking “universal jursidiction” to investigate allegations of a systematic, politically-based rape campaign in Zimbabwe.
A higher grade of weapons is reaching Syrian rebel fighters from foreign countries. The New York Times reports that Saudi Arabia is purchasing weapons in Croatia for anti-government fighters.
Geo Quiz: Name a Eurasian country that is introducing some linguistic measures to diminish foreign cultural influence. The BBC’s Leyla Najafova has details on a recent ban imposed by the “terminology commission” on Russian or foreign sounding names for new born babies.
The sale of a mural by secretive British graffiti artist, Banksy, has been unexpectedly halted in Miami. The mural had been taken from a wall in north London, prompting an outcry from the local community.