It’s 8:45 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and the first lesson of the day in this Italian high school—as well as a handful of others like it—is about how to fight the urge to kill your girlfriend.
Frontpage— June 24, 2013
- Snowden Not on Flight to Cuba: Is he just wearing a mustache or hiding in the drink cart? NSA leaker Edward Snowden is so far a no-show on what Russian officials said would be his flight to Havana on Monday—which also happens to be packed with journalists. He may be heading to Ecuador.
- Report: Snowden Took Job to Get NSA Intel: The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that the fugitive leaker said he had taken a job as an independent contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton for one reason: to gather information about NSA’s surveillance program.
- Zimmerman Family Booted From Court: George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial kicked off on Monday with Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, giving a statement and the judge removing Zimmerman’s family from the courtroom since they could be potential witnesses.
- Silvio Berlusconi Guilty in Sex Case: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly been convicted of abusing his power by engaging in sex-for-hire and sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from holding political office.
- SCOTUS Punts on Affirmative Action: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred ruling on the merits of affirmative action, instead sending the case back down to a lower court. The suit, Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, revolved around whether the university could use race as a factor in admissions decisions. The court will revisit the issue sometime next year.
PHOTO: A boy plays on a TV news stage across from Mandela’s former home. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Frontpage: Tuesday, May 29th
- Syrian Diplomats Expelled: Kofi Annan began negotiations in Syria on Monday in an effort to save his peace plan, while Russia, one of Syria’s allies, said the government should take most of the blame for the violence in Houla. Meanwhile Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Britain, and Italy all announced Tuesday that they would expel all Syrian diplomats immediately, a move coordinated with the U.S.’s hardline action.
- 5.8 Quake Shakes Italy: A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Italy early Tuesday morning, killing at least 15 people and injuring another 200. The quake is the second to hit the region in nine days, after 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck on May 20 and left seven people dead and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
- Facebook Stock Falls to New Low: What’s worse than your stock tumbling after going public? Your stock tumbling some more. Facebook shares slid another 5 percent Tuesday, dropping the social network’s value about 21 percent since going public on May 18. Shares are now hovering around $30.
- Suu Kyi Makes Thailand Trip: Despite tensions with Burmese President Thein Sein, Democratic leader and activist Aung Sung Suu Kyi is making major strides in her new parliamentary role. The long-time political prisoner arrived in Thailand on Tuesday night—her first trip away from Burma in 24 years—where she is scheduled to meet with migrant workers, Burmese war refugees, and leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia.
- Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Afghan Killed: Al Qaeda’s second-highest leader in Afghanistan was killed by airstrikes carried out by NATO, the coalition confirmed on Tuesday. According to NATO, Sakhr al-Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and has also been credited with directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces.
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Photo of the Day: May 28, 2012
Flood of Memories
A woman is reflected in the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP / Getty Images)
Indeed, almost no one is advising passengers to accept the Costa offer. “Throwing money at survivors to effectively get them out of sight is not what we have in mind,” says Giulia Bongiorno, an attorney who has gathered a group of about 50 survivors for a class-action lawsuit. “These people have no idea what their agonizing experience is worth yet. It could take years to understand the full impact of the experience.”
There are Santorums who would roll over in their graves to hear [Rick’s] rhetoric.
Wow. Thanks to our Newsweek/Daily Beast colleague Barbie Latza Nadeau for this glorious shot of the Roman sky.
After morning storms that brought Rome to a standstill — metro flooded, cars floating down streets, schools closed — we had an amazing sunset.
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Medusa at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. Double-click to see the spiderweb across her mouth.
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