In addition to working in The World’s newsroom in Boston, producer April Peavey has become a backyard beekeeper at her home in New Hampshire. Her package of bees included Russian and Italian bees. And their new home is in a Kenya-style top bar hive.
Many cultures have ceremonies that mark the transition from boyhood to manhood. But not all include sleep deprivation, circumcision, and a golf hat.
The government of Bashar al-Assad is pulling out all the stops to try gain an advantage militarily ahead of a proposed peace conference in June. Perhaps the key to the government’s successes might be the large reinforcement it’s currently getting from Hezbollah.Thanassis Cambanis
About a half million Syrian refugees are living in Jordan. Some of them are university students who never got to finish their education. Human rights consultant Adrienne Fricke tells anchor Marco Werman that it’s important to find a way for these people to get back to school because they could be instrumental in rebuilding Syria after the war.Adrienne Fricke
The Cannes Film Festival delivered its top prize to a lesbian romance said to contain sexually explicit scenes. “Blue is the Warmest Color” by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche is sure to raise controversy. And there is another kind of controversy gripping a large segment of the French population now: Gay-marriage. This past Sunday, about 150,000 people marched on the streets of Paris to protest the new gay-marriage law.Steven Erlanger
Islamist militants set off two suicide bombings in Niger Thursday. About 20 people were killed in addition to the bombers. And Friday, French special forces helped Niger’s military secure the military base, where they shot dead two militants who were still hiding in a dormitory.Thomas Fessy
British fighter jets scrambled to intercept a passenger plane after reports of an incident on a flight from Pakistan. The plane was diverted and two passengers were arrested. But British police say the incident is not being treated as terrorism. Britain is on full alert two days after the brutal killing of a soldier on the streets of London, by men shouting Islamist slogans. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC’s Angus Crawford at the airport where the plane landed.Angus Crawford
The two main suspects in the gruesome killing of British soldier Lee Rigby are Nigerian and at least one was raised by devout Christians. Michael Adebolajo, 28, converted to Islam and embraced a particular brand of extremism.Usama Hasan