At the beginning of Carnival season, a national stick fighting competition takes place in Trinidad every year with the winner receiving the title “King of the Rock.” The winner is the first fighter to draw blood from his opponent.
Feb. 20 Daily Brief: Violence persists in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine, snow-ridden areas thaw out, international cricket match
A perpetually edgy city, Caracas’ murder rate has shot up in recent years to become one of the world’s worst. Both Venezuela’s official national rate of 39 deaths a year per 100,000 people and an NGO tally of double that make the country an international leader in homicides, vying with gang-plagued nations such as Honduras and El Salvador and more in today’s daily brief.
Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times on Thursday with a gun battle in central Kiev as President Viktor Yanukovich faced conflicting pressures from visiting European Union ministers and his Russian paymasters.
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Feb. 18 Daily Brief: Libyans celebrate three years since Kadhafi’s fall, Italians protest economic policy
Libyans celebrate three years since Kadhafi’s fall, clashes continue in Ukraine, Italians protest economic policy and more in today’s daily brief.
Feb. 17 Daily Brief: South Korean resort collapses, illegal gold miners targeted in Brazil, 100 days since Typhoon Haiyan
At least three students were killed after a South Korean resort building collapsed, the Munduruku tribe of Brazil tracks down illegal gold miners, shelter remains a problem 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, and more in today’s daily brief.
The Venetian Carnival in Venice, Italy opened Feb. 15 with a “Zombie Walk” starting from the Zattere to the Persheria.
A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., swallowing 8 cars including a ’62 Black Corvette, a PPG Pace Car, a Ruby Red 40th anniversary Corvette and other anniversary vehicles. In November, a building had partially collapsed over a sinkhole at Summer Bay Resort near Disney World in Clermont, Florida. The 40 to 60 foot sinkhole opened up under the resort building reportedly beginning late August 11 into early August 12. To explore this geological phenomenon, we took a look at some of the more notable sinkholes to form worldwide, as well as a few that made headlines in Maryland in the last 10 years.
Feb. 11 Daily Brief: Shirley Temple Black dies, Obama meets with French president, a devastating fire
Shirley Temple Black dies at 85, President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande at the White House, a fire in Dhaka consumed more than 200 shanties, and more in today’s daily brief.
Westminster dog show begins, flooding in the UK, more scenes from Sochi and more in today’s daily brief.