Fractions for and against Egyptian President Mursi held rival rallies in Cairo, four days ahead of a nationwide referendum on a contentious draft constitution. The Department of Justice files charges against two international banks for dealing with Mexican drug cartels. but the case may never make it to court. China’s official news agency, Xinhua, has a Twitter account.
Egypt’s defense minister Tuesday called for a “national dialogue” to be held among the country’s warring political parties.
Melissa Fleming, the chief spokesperson for the UNHCR says thousands of refugees are arriving each day, often including children traveling on their own, arriving in a freezing rain.
As the fighting has raged on in Syria, there have been reports about Syrian archaeological sites damaged in the conflict. The scope of that damage has just recently started to come out, thanks largely to one diligent graduate student in northern England.
Some Muslim immigrants in the US struggle with alcohol problems and it is hard for them to find culturally sensitive programs to deal with it.
Xinhua, the official news agency of China’s communist party, has its own Twitter account and many Chinese are outraged about it.
HSBC and Standard Chartered are together paying over two billion dollars to the US government, to avoid charges of money laundering on a massive scale, and violating sanctions against countries like Iran.
Colombia’s second largest city was once dominated by the drug cartel of Pablo Escobar. Violence in the city has decreased since those days, but crime remains high, as does the impact on Medellin’s young people. Which is why several groups in the city are determined to provide peaceful alternatives for young people through art and music.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez underwent cancer surgery Tuesday in Cuba. Over the weekend, he designated his current vice-president, Nicolas Maduro, as his successor.
Tuesday’s Geo Quiz is all about the beer. We’re looking for the name of the European country that wants to raise taxes on beer by 160 percent.
Three of our DJ’s around the globe offer their favorite recordings from 2012. Monday’s list includes a Syrian-American hip hop artist and a mirba player from Zimbabwe.