Wed March 28, 2012

Pope To Officiate Open-Air Mass In Cuban Capital



Pope Benedict stuck to mostly spiritual themes on a visit to communist Cuba's most sacred shrine. This morning, the pontiff leads a mass in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution. As Nick Miroff reports from Havana, so far even Benedict's gentle push for greater religious and political freedoms for Cubans has been rejected by the government.

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Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Pope Arrives In Havana, Where He's Expected To Meet Raúl Castro

Pope Benedictus XVI arrives at Jose Marti airport in Havana on Tuesday.
Marcelino Vazquez AFP/Getty Images

Pope Benedict XVI landed in Havana today and he's expected meet Cuban President Raúl Castro.

The pontiff's visit has put Cuba's dictatorship in the spotlight, because during his speeches the Pope has been taking subtle shots at the regime. The Los Angeles Times reports:

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Tue March 27, 2012

Abuse Claims Follow Mafia Crackdown In Chinese City

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Lawyer Li Zhuang spent more than a year in prison on charges of fabricating evidence and inciting witnesses, after trying to defend an alleged gangster. Li's case became a national cause celebre.
Louisa Lim NPR

The swift downfall of ambitious Chinese politician Bo Xilai exposed a bitter power struggle in the highest echelons of government. Now his victims are telling their stories, exposing a darker side to Bo's signature clampdown on organized crime.

Charismatic and outspoken, Bo seemed headed for the country's top leadership body, the Politburo Standing Committee, before he was removed abruptly from his post — as party secretary of the major southern city of Chongqing — earlier this month.

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Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Al Jazeera Receives Video Of French Shootings, Won't Air Footage

Originally published on Sun April 1, 2012 7:06 am

A relative weeps during the funeral of French paratrooper Mohamed Legouad, killed this month by Mohamed Merah. Two other French troopers were murdered and four people at a Jewish school.
Laurent Cipriani AP

News network Al Jazeera says it received video footage of the murders of three French soldiers, a rabbi and three children in southern France. Zied Tarrouche, Al Jazeera's Paris bureau chief, says the video arrived at the Paris offices on a data stick, accompanied by a letter, which said the slayings were in the name of al-Qaida, according to CBS. The video was turned over to police.

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Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Protest By Fire: Why Some Tibetans Choose Self-Immolation

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:55 am

A Tibetan Buddhist monk holds up a candle with other Tibetan exiles during a candlelight vigil for Tibetan Janphel Yeshi, who set himself on fire earlier in New Delhi.
Strdel/AFP/Getty Images

The number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in the past year to protest Chinese rule over Tibet is now estimated to be at 30. Most have died.

And more self-immolations are likely.

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