In Ireland, survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy have called upon several Irish church leaders to resign, but many have refused to do so. Today, 24 Irish bishops are in Rome meeting with the Pope, trying to figure out how to respond to the victims' demands. Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera English speaks to some of Ireland's abuse survivors.
Many Mexicans blame America for drug woes south of the border, alleging that Americans are using the drugs and supplying the guns for cartels. Endemic corruption in the Mexican judicial system has paralyzed the government's ability to tackle the problem. For more on Mexico's drug war, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Maureen Meyer.
Millions of people in China will be heading home this weekend for the most important holiday of the year -- the Lunar New Year. The Ministry of Railways estimates that more than 200 million passengers will be traveling by train alone. Then there are those who travel on the cheap. CCTV reports on how some are getting home for the holidays.
This week, Pakistani Taliban finally confirmed what the Pakistani army had claimed many days ago -- that Hakimullah Mehsud was killed last month by U.S. drones. While there are conflicting reports about which strike dealt Mehsud the mortal blow, the Pakistani Taliban are leaderless for the second time in six months. Read how commentators are assessing the drone war.
Unlike some Olympic powerhouses, Israel has just three athletes competing in the winter games, including an ice-dancing brother-sister team and a skier. But that could change in the coming years if growing interest in one Olympic sport turns more competitive. Arieh O'Sullivan of The Media Line caught up with an enthusiastic squad of Israeli athletes who love to play ice hockey.
Our broadcast this evening starts in Ciudad Juarez, one of the most dangerous places in the world just a couple miles across the U.S. border from Texas. The drug war there kills an average of 8 people per day and has residents living in fear. Thursday night, President Felipe Calderon was in the city, and Mariana Sanchez of AJE reports from Mexico's murder capital.
As Iran battles dissent at home and abroad, hundreds of thousands of people showed their support for the government today. Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution that created the Islamic republic. Geneive Abdo joins Daljit Dhaliwal for more on today's events and Iran's continuing defiance on the nuclear issue.
More than 4 million Iraqis have fled their homes since 2003. An estimated 1.2 million have taken refuge in Syria. Multimedia journalist Charity Tooze reports on a family of Iraqi refugees struggling to survive in Syria, where they have no legal right to work.
Two decades ago -- after 27 years in prison -- Nelson Mandela walked out of prison in South Africa. But while black South Africans are politically equal, they still don't enjoy economic equality with whites. The disparities are perhaps best illustrated by the country's black townships. Haru Mutasa reports for Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English.