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Europe: December 2011 Archives

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December 15 & 18: from Rio de Janeiro - Democratic Republic of Congo - Mexico City - Russia - Delhi

From our correspondents around the world....

A view of the construction underway at the fabled Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Locals are upset that the stadium is being "upgraded" for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, saying it is losing its character and becoming more elitist. 


In a stadium in Brazil reside the memories of a nation. But in trying to make it better are they about to make it worse?

Congo elects a new president. Or is it two? That's not supposed to happen. 

Inside a Mafia State.  Russia's efforts to intimidate journalists, one break-in at a time.

And, a swing through a city on a swamp. Never mind New Orleans. Mexico City's sinkin', man.

 

 

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December 8 & 11, 2011: from Santiago - Benghazi, Libya - Zimbabwe - Somalia - Boston - Independencia, Peru

From our correspondents around the world....

 

A student shouts slogans against the riot police during a protest in November 2011 against the government, to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city (Photo: Reuters: Elisio Fernandez)

Will the Chilean Winter become Chilean Spring? How students hijacked the country's political agenda.

Syrians find an unlikely refuge: thousands decamp to Libya.

Expect piracy off Somalia to get a lot more violent, says a Canadian journalist who knows the hijackers well.  

Meet the Concrete Nerds of MIT, trying to grow greener concrete

In Peru, it's easy to get a divorce. So why's the government encouraging people to get married?

Plus: your letters about last week's story on Black Pete. Lots and lots of letters.

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Dec 1 & 4, 2011: from, Afghanistan - Egypt - The Philippines - Amsterdam - Colombia

From our correspondents around the world...

Volunteers install an old pop bottle filled with water and bleach through the metal roof of house in Manila.  The savings will put meals on the table of its poor occupants. Photo/Simone Orendain.

A plastic pop bottle is lighting the lives of the poor in the Philippines. You'll wonder why no one thought of it sooner. 

Tapping the illiterate vote. How Egyptian politicians are reaching those who can't read.

Blackface characters in a Dutch Christmas tradition set some on edge while others say the country's gone post-racial.  See what you think.
 
Tweets from the Taliban.  How the enemy's using social media to take the progaganda war to NATO.  

An explorer's story. Why Sir Christopher Ondaatje sold his soul.

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