Israel kills a top Hamas military leader in Gaza, amid concerns about escalating violence in the region. Also, with its top brass tarnished, the US military re-examines its leadership. Plus, a British scientist who’s working on developing a sixth sense.
The head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, has been killed during a series of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip. He and another senior Hamas official died when the car they were traveling in was hit in Gaza City. Israel says it’s the start of a broader operation, fueling concerns about a larger conflict.
Long before the recent scandals involving Generals Petraeus and Allen, concern over the quality of US military leadership has been growing. We speak with Martin L. Cook, who is a professor of professional military ethics at the US Naval War College in Rhode Island.
The turmoil at the Pentagon and the CIA speaks volumes about the US military’s attitude toward women, says Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and the author of “The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq.”
Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. We interact with the world and navigate through it thanks to our senses. But what if we could add to that repertoire? A British scientist and a small group of enthusiasts are exploring ways to do just that. Ari Daniel Shapiro of our partner program NOVA reports.
Across Europe today, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest government spending cuts and rising unemployment.The biggest protests took place in some of the nations hardest-hit by the financial crisis, like Italy, Greece and Spain. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the World’s Gerry Hadden in the Spanish city of Barcelona.
John McAfee is still on the lam. The founder of the anti-virus software company is reportedly hiding in the jungles of the central American nation of Belize. McAfee is wanted for questioning in connection with the apparent murder of his next-door neighbor on Sunday. From his hide-out, the British-born millionaire fugitive today contacted Josh Davis, a journalist with Wired, to again protest his innocence. McAfee claims he’s a victim of a government conspiracy. Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest from Josh Davis of Wired.
The Geo Quiz wants you to name the capital of Zimbabwe – and if you’re really on top of your game, name the place where the Zimbabwean government wants to build a new capital.
Members of Indian Sikh communities from around New York have organized to help those hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Sikh volunteers are in Queens, providing hot food for displaced people in need of a meal.
These past few weeks have difficult for the people who run the BBC (which of course is one of the co-producers of The World). No-one at the Beeb feels like celebrating a birthday. But the BBC is 90 years old. And, awkward or not, it’s marking the day—November 14, 1922—when it made its first broadcast. [...]