In a photo from a Facebook page in memory of Hamza al-Khateeb, an image of 13-year-old Hamza is surrounded by candlelight.
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In Syria, the brutal death of a 13-year-old boy has spurred further demonstrations as the uprising there enters a third month.
Syrian protesters now shout the boy's name, Hamza al-Khateeb. He has become a symbol of the victims of the government's crackdown on dissent.
The Syrian government has promised to investigate his death. A video of his mutilated body was so gruesome that YouTube administrators blocked it, but they reinstated the images on Wednesday after a petition from human rights organizations.
Forty years ago, one of Motown's greatest soul singers released a groundbreaking album. Today, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On is considered one of his finest albums, but at the time, it was a major departure from the radio-friendly Motown Sound he was known for.
"You would be fascinated to see how his music transitioned," says Audley Smith, CEO of Detroit's Motown Museum, "from predominantly soulful R&B to more socially conscious lyrics reflective of the times of the late '60s and '70s."
Clashes erupted between security forces and students demanding political change at a protest in Algeria's capital, Algiers, on May 2. Small protests in the city are quickly put down by well-equipped riot police.
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The North African country of Algeria borders both Tunisia and Libya, but after being scarred by a civil war during the 1990s, Algerians have not rebelled like their neighbors.
But that could change. And observers warn that there could be an explosion if the government's promise of change doesn't come fast enough. Seventy percent of the Algerian population is under the age of 30, and its discontent is growing.
As expected, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter was reelected to a fourth term as president of FIFA. Blatter was running unopposed, but, as we reported yesterday, the English Football Association had called for a delay in the vote, because FIFA, worldwide soccer's governing organization, is embroiled in several ethics scandals.
Last year's GOP takeover of the U.S. House and statehouses across the country has dramatically changed the shape of the nation's abortion debate. It has also given a boost to an even more far-reaching effort: the push to legally redefine when life itself begins.
The question being raised in legal terms is: When does someone become a person?
Protesters in Santiago rally against a proposed dam project in Patagonia. Government officials say the country needs more energy, in large part to support a growing copper mining industry.
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Massive protests have broken out in Chile over the environment — specifically over some dams that are set to be built in Patagonia, one of the world's most iconic wilderness areas. Most citizens disapprove of the HidroAysen project, which scientists and conservationists say will forever change this region.
Yet largely because of a booming copper mining industry, Chile is hungry for energy and the government is pushing ahead with the dams.