Kurdish leader calls for ceasefire with Turkey

March 21, 2013

Jailed Kurd rebel leader declares ceasefire with Turkey, Obama gets cool welcome in the West Bank, and euro zone leaders bemoan the Cyprus mess. Today is Thursday, March 21, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Flailing Cyprus hopes Russia will step in

March 20, 2013

Cyprus stands on shaky ground after rejecting the European Union’s bailout conditions, al Qaeda claims responsibility for bomb attacks in Baghdad, and South Korea suspects the North of involvement in a widespread hacking attack. Today is Wednesday, March 20, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Baghdad blasts kill nearly 60 on Iraq invasion anniversary

March 19, 2013

Bomb attacks in Baghdad kill nearly sixty people on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, an alleged chemical attack would be a first in the Syrian conflict, and the International Criminal Court comes under fire for securing just one conviction in over a decade. Today is Tuesday, March 19, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

European markets stumble following Cyprus bailout deal

March 18, 2013

Cyprus’ bailout plans spur weekend bank run, negotiations begin over first international arms regulations, and China criticizes U.S. anti-missile plan. Today is Monday, March 18, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr


A stock exchange board is pictured behind a trader at Madrid’s Bourse, March 18, 2013. The surprise decision by euro zone leaders to part-fund a bailout of Cyprus by taxing bank deposits sent shockwaves through financial markets on Monday, with shares and the bonds of struggling euro zone governments tumbling. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

Obama prepares for first presidential trip to Israel

March 15, 2013

Obama will address Israeli people in upcoming trip, China picks a new premier, and Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood spells out why women’s rights would unravel society. Today is Friday, March 15, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr

A municipality worker hangs an American flag on a lamp post near Israeli President Shimon Peres’ residence in Jerusalem, ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, March 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Argentina’s Pope Francis elected in surprise choice

March 14, 2013

Cardinal conclave chooses 76-year-old Cardinal Bergoglio as pope, coordinated blasts hit heart of Baghdad, and Turkish Kurds eye best hope for end of war. Today is Thursday, March 14, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr

Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, waves from the steps of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome, March 14, 2013.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Mali residents find al Qaeda recruitment evidence

March 13, 2013

Al Qaeda recruitment drive could prolong French-led war in Mali, report shows devastating effects of violence on Syrian children, and a steady stream of black smoke means no new pope, yet. Today is Wednesday, March 13, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

A French soldier carries mine detection equipment to search for mines outside Gao, Mali, March 9, 2013. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

Cardinals start secret vote for new pope

March 12, 2013

Cardinals gather to pick new pope, the Falkland Islands vote overwhelmingly for British rule, and Hungary defies the EU with constitutional changes. Today is Tuesday, March 12, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Hagel has a tough time on first Afghanistan trip

March 11, 2013

Karzai ratchets up U.S. criticisms during Hagel’s Afghanistan debut, Venezuelan opposition leader Capriles announces  his bid for presidency, and Congo hopes to sign peace deal with M23 rebels. Today is Monday, March 11, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with the media following his meeting with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed   

Hugo Chavez’s body to go on permanent display

March 8, 2013

Hugo Chavez’s body will be shown “for eternity” in a military museum, bin Laden’s son-in-law is arraigned in New York, and the world observes International Women’s Day. Today is Friday, March 8, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Supporters of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez view his coffin during a wake at the military academy in Caracas, March 7, 2013, in this picture provided by the Miraflores Palace. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout