The fall of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya was hailed as one of the great successes of the Arab Spring. More than six months later, attacks continue on the prime minister's compound and well-armed mercenary fighters and stockpiles of weapons have made their way into Sub-Saharan Africa.
A baby is snatched away by goblins in Maurice Sendak's <em>Outside Over There.</em><em> </em>The beloved author and illustrator — who took a darker approach to children's storytelling — died Tuesday at the age of 83.
<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2006/sep/sendak/slideshow2/gallery.html">Click here to view an audio slideshow</a> in which Sendak explains to NPR's Steve Inkseep why he wasn't afraid to put his young protagonists in danger.
Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:07 pm
In my house growing up — a house of readers — few books were off-limits. My mother once famously hid my little brother's Smurf comic book, in which nearly all nouns and verbs had been replaced by the word "smurf," after being asked to read it aloud one too many times. But in hindsight, that only demonstrates a healthy instinct for survival.
It was a story about the little guy taking on the big, multinational corporation on equal footing: Heather Peters, a California woman, took Honda to small claims court claiming her hybrid Civic wasn't getting the gas mileage promised on the window sticker.
A woman lights a candle during a tribute to slain Mexican journalists at the Monument of Independence in Mexico City on May 5. The vigil took place to protest violence against the press after the brutal murders of four journalists in Veracruz state.
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A mourner holds up a copy of <em>Proceso</em> magazine with investigative reporter Regina Martinez on its cover at the vigil in Mexico City last week. At the end of April, Martinez's body was found in her bathroom, beaten and strangled.
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A priest sprinkles holy water on the coffins of photojournalists Gabriel Huge (bottom) and Guillermo Luna during a public Mass in Veracruz last week. Killed by unknown assailants, the bodies were found dumped in plastic bags by a canal in Veracruz less than a week after the killing of Regina Martinez.
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Mexicans hold up posters of journalists who have been killed in recent years, at a recent vigil in Mexico City.
Mexico is reeling from another round of brutal murders of journalists. Four journalists and photographers who covered the police beat have been killed in eastern Mexico's crime-ridden state of Veracruz.
There's a new call for the federal government to take measures to protect journalists in a country where more and more reporters censor themselves out of fear.
The ceremony to remember the most recent killings took place last weekend in Mexico City on the steps of the Monument of Independence between statues depicting peace and law.