Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stands with leaders of the Syrian army, including the recently deceased Syrian defense minister. The minister was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Damascus on Wednesday, along with the president’s brother-in-law, and a top general. The bombing has led to increased fighting in the capital; however, al-Assad has yet to release a statement, or be seen, since the attack took place. Read a full Reuters article about the situation here.
Paris – Christmas Eve 1932. At a hotel in the elegant rue de Rivoli, an attractive dark-haired woman in her thirties checked into a room. Dressed in worn, but once- expensive clothes, and speaking with a marked Russian accent, she signed the register as ‘Mary Hall’.
Three days later, hotel staff heard a single gun-shot ring out from her room. On a bed strewn with white roses, ‘Mary Hall’ was found dying with a self-inflicted bullet wound in the head.
The identity of the woman tantalized the newspaper-reading public. Who was she? What could have driven her to such a tragic end? Rapidly, her name began to be mis-spelt in many of the papers. Rather than ‘Mary’ she was now the more-romantic Marie Hall.
Ten days passed. A ‘mysterious Russian’ appeared at the morgue. Refusing to give his name, he identified the woman as Nina Williams, the divorced wife of a New York stockbroker, Douglas Williams, until recently Reuters General Manager in New York. (more…)
Today’s image comes courtesy of NASA, picturing the Sun just as it releases a solar flare into the atmosphere. The X-class solar flare, which the Sun emitted today, will reach Earth over the weekend, potentially causing geomagnetic storms across the globe and effecting communications and power grids. Watch the Reuters video report here.
We’re excited to announce our newest partnership in news media, combining the experience and breadth of Reuters News with Next Media Animation. Beginning the week of July 16th, Reuters will offer around 20 animated news stories a week, produced by Next Media Animation’s News Direct service. These videos will help reconstruct the story behind the main news events of the week, presenting another innovative way to understand and comprehend the week’s news.
In a landmark decision, the International Criminal Court sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to 14 years in prison today. This is the first sentence ever handed down by the Court, which was formed a decade ago to punish those people who had committed the world’s worst crimes. Dyilo was the mastermind of a group that abducted teenage children, and forced them to fight wars in eastern Congo in the early-2000′s. Read the Reuters article about the case here.
After over 30 years of nearly constant fighting in the region, Afghani officials are struggling to combat the mental health disorders that are plaguing the country. One of the tactics to cure the disease is to chain patients to the walls of their rooms, keeping them in isolation, as seen in the picture above.
As Libyans prepare for the first free elections in 42 years, fear that the elections will be marred by violence is running through the voting populace. Of the 3,700 candidates, many are strongly Islamic-leaning, while others align with the different warring factions that have flourished in the lawlessness. The vote takes place tomorrow, July 7th.
We are excited to announce that Reuters News recently released the second issue of the Reuters Magazine, titled “The Leadership Issue.” Released to coincide with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the magazine gives insight into the volatile world we live in. Keeping on the theme of the #AspenIdeas, the issue contains a collection of incredible stories about some of the world’s foremost leaders in science, technology, politics, and economics. Highlights of the current issue include:
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What Would Winston Do?: In our time of economic turmoil, our politicians are more concerned with poll numbers than thinking; how Winston Churchill could save us.
Car Czars: The stories of three men who, unwittingly, shaped the modern car as we know it; how the Minivan and the Model T sparked innovation.
The Revolution Will be Organized: Arab Spring is over a year old, and populist uprisings have followed with force; how revolution is sustained, and what could cause it to fail.
The first issue of Reuters Magazine was published earlier this year, to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2012. Downloaded from the Reuters website over 120,000 times, it was a stellar success, and attendees and the public alike were smitten by the insights provided within.
Smoke rises over the Utah Rockies, as the Wood Hollow Fire burns, having consumed over 39,000 acres of forest. The fire is one of three major fires currently burning in Colorado and Utah. The High Park Fire, near Fort Collins, CO, has burned over 82,000 acres in two weeks; the Waldo Canyon fire, near Colorado Springs, CO, has burned over 15,000 acres since it’s start last week. The fires are threatening Pike’s Peak, a popular tourist area, as well as the U.S. Air Force Academy, and over 35,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounding areas. Read the Reuters report about the fire to learn more.
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