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BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Armed groups attacked military posts in Libya's second city Benghazi with bombs and a rocket-propelled grenade, an army commander said on Saturday. Nearly two years after the uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, the government still exerts little control over the armed brigades that helped overthrow him. Oil-producer Libya is largely split into fiefdoms of such brigades that are competing for influence. No one was hurt in the four overnight attacks on three Benghazi army posts, said the military commander, Hamed Belkhair. …
On Wednesday 25 January 2012 at 11.00GMT Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the Gates Foundation, will be linking up with students to discuss Global issues. Every year the entrepreneur releases a letter detailing his plans for his foundation and this year students who work with the BBC’s World Class project have written to Mr Gates to give him their ideas on how to change their world.
LawmakersÂ WednesdayÂ came down hard on military leaders, the morning after allegations emerged of another head of a military sexual assault prevention program engaging in the very behavior he was charged with stopping. Late TuesdayÂ Â the Army announced that the coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program at…
Fiddling while the organization around him is burning from the scandals surrounding Benghazi, the IRS, and AP, Barack Obama is hosting another concert in his “In Performance at the White House” series. On May 22, Obama and his wife will honor singer-songwriter Carole King in the East Room of the White house, who will be given the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The prize has been given to musical luminaries Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the past; King will be the first woman honored. Other musical stars will perform in addition to King, including Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, and Trisha Yearwood.
In 2002, King joined Democrat representatives from California who had dinner with Fidel Castro in Havana defying the Bush Administration’s insistence that Cuba-U.S. relations would not warm until Cuba embraced democracy and human rights. The dinner lasted from 9 p.m. Sunday until about 4:30 a.m. Monday. King warmed Castro’s heart by singing “You’ve Got A Friend” to him; later, she added a new song she had written, “Love Makes the World.”
King blathered, “My songs were a message I wanted to bring here. I came here to learn because my life, my work, is all about communication. We should be setting an example of good will.”
In a column published on Sept. 18, 2012, I argued that verified tactical military details of the engagement, the iconic date itself, and subsequent, very explicit statements by Libyan government authorities, left no doubt that on 9-11-2012 the U.S. consulate in Benghazi suffered a planned attack by an organized anti-American militant Islamist militia. A terrorist force had hit us with another 9-11 terror attack, and Americans had died, among them our ambassador to Libya.
Given the facts, the Obama administration's bizarre claim that a sacrilegious Internet video had inflamed peaceful…
This week on Over to You we have been looking at the reporting of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in New York.
What are the challenges facing an international broadcaster like the BBC when a high profile court case like this goes global?
Since former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was first arrested on charges of attempted rape on 14 May, the case has been obsessively followed by press on both sides of the Atlantic, and details of the allegations against him have been repeatedly leaked to the media.
But last week, the media itself became part of the story, after the New York Times ran an article in which law enforcement officials questioned the credibility of the accuser.
After his bail hearing later that day, Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest, and scenes at the courthouse reached fever pitch.
So how has the American media reported the unfolding Strauss-Kahn case, and what challenges do they pose legally for international broadcasters like the BBC?
The BBC’s New York correspondent Laura Trevelyan who reported from the courthouse that day, and BBC World News Editor, Joanna Mills discussed these issues with me.
Laura explained how extraordinary the story as a clash of two very different worlds.
Laura covered the United Nations for the BBC where she would see Mr Strauss-Kahn on the global stage, and she contrasted that with the downtown Manhattan courtroom where she found herself waiting for him to appear from the cells to be brought into court.
One of our listeners pointed out that the outcome of the case would be settled by an American jury otherwise it would be a travesty of justice and I wondered whether this case showed that the American media is taking things too far.
Laura explained that in America the First Amendment of the constitution is freedom of speech and the press, so in an open society, information is a currency that everyone has access to.
I wanted to know from Joanna if she felt any responsibility to ensure that the justice system is not prejudiced by reporting – she explained that it is not the BBC’s role to see that justice is served, as that is the role of the justice system, but it is the BBC’s responsibility to make sure that it doesn’t undermine that system.
In a UK case, the BBC is governed by strict laws about what can be reported before the case is put to the jury, but no matter where the story is happening, there are three key principles for her – is the coverage accurate, is it fair, and is it impartial.
These principles apply whether it is reporting an uprising in Syria or a criminal case in New York.
I hope that gives you a sense of the complexity of covering legal cases as a global news organisation.
In the meantime, keep your emails and calls coming.
Rajan Datar is the presenter of Over To You.
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