The reputed Mexican drug kingpin may be worth as much as $14 billion, but the issue of payment could be crucial to his case and any asset forfeitures.
Events in Mexico's drug war grow more horrific by the day. The recent killing of 72 migrants and a shootout between the Army and 27 cartel gunmen prompted a warning last week from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Mexico's cartels are adopting tactics akin to those of an "insurgency."
In Mexico's war on drugs, the government faces entrenched support for crime bosses in some poor communities.
The darkest side of nuclear power, as North Korea just dramatically demonstrated, is that its waste can be made into bomb fuel. Current nuclear reactors are powered by a mix of two isotopes of uranium that produce a third isotope--uranium 239, which ultimately decays into bomb-grade plutonium.
The morgue is several blocks away, but the stench of rotting flesh wafts through the streets of the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Bab Al-Muadham. The odor is so powerful that doctors, police and cleaning workers cover their mouths and noses as they walk through the halls of the one-story building, struggling to avoid slipping on the black, oily film that covers the floors.
After nearly 10 months of court proceedings, Saddam Hussein's chaotic trial is finally drawing to a close. Charged with ordering the murder of 148 Shiites from the village of Dujail in 1982, the deposed Iraqi dictator has been prone to angry outbursts in the courtroom, often simply using the trial as a forum to vent about America.
Rising out of the sand near a residential suburb of Dakar, the Demba Diop Stadium was beginning to fill up. Thousands of Senegalese fans sporting green, red and yellow national football shirts waited patiently in two orderly lines, while a band played West African tunes and groups of young boys sold bags of drinking water in the scorching spring heat.
A power struggle between the monarchy and Maoist rebels has paralyzed the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal for more than a year. Finally, after 16 consecutive days of violent pro-democracy protests in the capital of Katmandu, a weary King Gyanendra agreed to hand over power to an elected prime minister--allowing for a political process but also maintaining the monarchy. The international community praised the compromise, but the struggle in the streets went on.
Last Tuesday fiery Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proudly boasted that his country had joined "the club of nuclear countries" after successfully enriching uranium.
It may be known as the Paris of South America, but in many respects, Buenos Aires has more going for it than its European counterpart. The peso--at three to the dollar--makes everything from steaks to suits a bargain for most visitors, and the city's lively Latin vibe easily beats the smug attitude of Parisians.
Since the February bombing of the sacred Askariya Mosque in Samarra, Iraq has been consumed by sectarian violence. Hundreds have died in reprisal killings carried out by Sunni and Shia militias, while the insurgency continues to hamper efforts to form a government.
Republican opposition killed the proposed takeover of some American port facilities by a Dubai company, but congressional Democrats were the first to fan the flames of the controversy.
Samuel Bien Aimé woke up at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning ready to vote. After trekking 2.5 miles to the nearest polling station in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and standing patiently in line for nearly six hours, Bien Aimé finally cast his ballot for presidential candidate Rene Preval. "I waited in misery for this," said the smiling 28-year-old as he left the polling station near the capital's Cité Soleil slum.As a country, Haiti is no stranger to such sentiments.
American curator Peter Hastings Falk got the idea for an exhibit of post-Saddam Hussein Iraqi art when he saw a photograph of a painting over a mural of the deposed dictator in Baghdad. "My first thought was, 'This guy's got guts'," he says. "I have to contact [him]." The "guy'" was Esam Pasha, a Baghdad-based artist whose works are now featured in "Ashes to Art: The Iraqi Phoenix" at the Pomegranate Gallery in New York City through Feb. 22.
Shahrukh Khan has acted in nearly 60 films and produced more than a handful of his own. But at 40 years, he's just hitting his stride. "Age hasn't hit me yet," says the father of two. "Only when my knees are in pain, or when I run out of breath from going upstairs, does it remind me that I'm 40." His career is certainly still in ascendance: He's got four new films slated forrelease this year, and his latest, "Paheli," is now India's contender for the best-foreign-film Oscar.