|4 hours ago|| WorldViews: The strange story of Uzbekistan’s ‘jailed princess’|
As the head of an authoritarian regime sometimes likened to North Korea, Islam Karimov is known to be ruthless. The president of Uzbekistan is accused of having his political opponents jailed, exiled or even killed. A particularly delicate case, however, is his daughter Gulnara Karimova, 42, who is believed to now be under house arrest in her own country. Secret recordings, obtained by the BBC and published last Thursday, offer a first-hand account of how Uzbekistan's once-most prominent face has turned into the country's most famous prisoner. Read full article >>
|6 hours ago|| Ellis Island in reverse: Where deportees go when they get home to Guatemala|
GUATEMALA CITY — On the edge of the airport here is a one-story structure, the first stop for tens of thousands of migrants sent back from the United States. It’s like a reverse Ellis Island.
Inside, Guatemalan government officials representing dozens of agencies patiently await planeloads of countrymen. There are two banks to exchange U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos for quetzals, the local currency. A doctor stands ready in a clinic to help migrants with injuries. And on a recent morning, officials set out 115 bagged lunches for each passenger arriving on the first flight of the day. There was a sandwich of black beans smeared on bread, apple juice, cookies and a bag of Tortrix — Guatemalan potato chips, a brand chosen, officials said, to help returning migrants reacclimate to society. Read full article >>
|6 hours ago|| The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse|
As the Ebola outbreak worsens — with the virus mutating, the death toll spiraling and the World Health Organization warning that 20,000 people could eventually be infected — another West African country has confirmed that the deadly virus has crossed its borders. Read full article >>
|10 hours ago|| WorldViews: France is asking the world to stop the chaos in Libya. Again.|
On Sept. 15, 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy, then the president of France, addressed a crowd in Tripoli, Libya. "France, Great Britain, Europe, will always stand by the side of the Libyan people," he said, to cheers. Read full article >>
|Yesterday|| WorldViews: Has Russia invaded Ukraine? Here’s what we know.|
After months of tension, Ukraine says it's finally happened: Russia has invaded.
Russia, however, flatly denies it. "This information doesn’t correspond with reality,” a spokesman for Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said Wednesday. Read full article >>
|Yesterday|| WorldViews: The long, grim history of U.N. peacekeepers caught in the crossfire|
43 Fijian peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights along the Syrian-Israeli border were detained by Syrian rebels Thursday morning, according to the United Nations. Earlier, rebels had gained control of the border crossing between Syria and Israel while government warplanes targeted positions of the militants, who are suspected to be members of al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra. An additional 81 peacekeepers were trapped by the fighting, the United Nations said in a statement, but it gave no details about their nationalities. The Associated Press reported that the 81 were from the Philippines, citing Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary general. Read full article >>