Multiple people, including children, are reportedly killed during a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. Egypt prepares for tomorrow’s vote on controversial referendum as tensions grow. One reporter chronicles the extreme measures Mexican drug cartels use to get their goods into the US.
On the eve of a referendum on a controversial new constitution for Egypt, tensions are high across the country. There have been reported skirmishes between Islamists and opposition protesters, and President Mohamed Morsi has enlisted Egypt’s military and police to help with security during Saturday’s voting.
The civil war in Syria is closing in on the capital, Damascus. There have been a series of bomb attacks in and around the city this week.
Reporter Marine Olivesi, a frequent contributor from Libya, was the first western journalist to view Gaddafi’s corpse. She told us about her surreal hunt to find the dictator’s remains and about the return to normalcy in the city of Misrata.
Patrick Radden Keefe of The New Yorker has been documenting the “most outlandish” stories from the Mexican drug war in a new article.
In China, fear of the world ending on December 21st — according to one interpretation of the Mayan calendar — is getting a lot of play. In fact, there have been more than 60 million posts about it on China’s Twitter equivalent, Weibo.
The story tells that soldiers in the beginning would put perfume of their girlfriends, and afterwards they put something else. It’s a special liquid.
We are looking for a Cuban city in the southeast, which is surrounded by the eastern end of the Sierra Maestra mountains in the north and the Caribbean Sea in the south.
The Irrawaddy Magazine, which was launched by a group of exiles living in Thailand in 1993, will be available in Yangon stores for the first time this weekend.
We offer two more musical favorites from our DJs around the globe. We hear music from a trio in Norway and a singer from Mexico.