Leo Lord-Jones

americas

Nicaragua Starts Work on $50 Billion Rival to Panama Canal

An elaborate celebration marked the breaking of ground on a Chinese project to build an inter-oceanic crossing in long-time US foe Nicaragua, a move that will challenge US interests in the region.
Leo Lord-Jones
12.23.14
africa

Tunisia Gets Its First Ever Democratically Elected President

Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed as the winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll. Essebsi beat current caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, who has been in office since the Arab Spring in 2011.
Leo Lord-Jones
12.22.14
middle east

Video Shows Kurdish Fighters Breaking Islamic State Siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The offensive, backed by US-led airstrikes, opened up a secure corridor to liberate thousands of members of the Yazidi minority who have been trapped there since fleeing an August assault by the jihadists.
Leo Lord-Jones
12.19.14
americas

South Carolina Executed a Black 14-Year-Old in 1944 — Now He's Been Exonerated

George Stinney Jr. was accused of murdering two white girls in South Carolina in 1944. Now, a judge has ruled that his conviction was “based on numerous and serious errors and omissions."
Leo Lord-Jones
12.18.14
russia

Falling Ruble Sparks Panic Buying Among Russian Shoppers

Russian shoppers are forming long lines in the rush to snap up consumer goods — for both investment purposes and over fears of massive price hikes.
Leo Lord-Jones
12.17.14
middle east

Islamic State Releases Propaganda Video Showing Public Services in Syrian Stronghold of Raqqa

The footage from the group appears to be an effort to promote life in its self-declared caliphate. It emerged as the Assad regime lost two military bases in Idlib province to al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
Leo Lord-Jones
12.15.14
middle east

Three Syrian Journalists Killed in Missile Strike South of Damascus

The reporters from Orient News were traveling to an area of heavy fighting when their car was hit; their opposition-linked TV channel claims they were deliberately targeted by government forces.
Leo Lord-Jones
12.10.14