A nuclear physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to the Algerian branch of Al Qaeda, another blow to a project plagued by glitches, shut down after a massive electrical failure a year ago.
A homicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 49 people and pushing the country closer to an offensive against militants in their main stronghold along the Afghan border.
Because of China's one child policy to control its ever expanding population — now numbering 1.3 billion people — there has been a lopsided explosion of young boys. It's a cavernous gender gap that is unprecedented worldwide.
A lengthy study this year by U.N. investigators of a five-year effort to streamline and coordinate the performance of a $778 million U.N. bureaucracy concludes that the reform effort has been a near-total failure.