President Needs All the Good Luck He Can Get
Violence broke out after incumbent Goodluck Jonathan won 60% of the vote in presidential elections. It was the first popular mandate for Jonathan, a Christian from the country's south who was appointed last year when then President Umaru Yar'Adua died. Election monitors deemed the poll, in which 62 million voted, clean, but the party of challenger Muhammadu Buhari, from the country's mostly Muslim north, contested the result. Riots in northern cities led to 50 reported deaths and hundreds of injuries. Jonathan appealed for calm and unity. Analysts say the unrest is not simply an expression of a religious divide between north and south but the result of political and socioeconomic grievances. Nigeria sits atop some of the richest reserves of natural resources in Africa but is plagued by corruption.
World by the Numbers
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45% U.S. Estimated percentage of American taxpayers who won't pay income tax in 2010
Number of people who speak the indigenous Ayapaneco tongue; the two are not on speaking terms
Number of civilians a fact-finding commission says were killed by security forces during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak
$360,000 HONG KONG
First-day earnings of Sex and Zen, a new 3-D porn film--a record haul for a movie in the city
Number of teenage boys being sent to a masculinity camp after schoolteachers identified them as effeminate
Gaddafi Heaps Misery on Misratah
As forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pummeled rebel positions in the port city of Misratah, aid groups reported hundreds of civilian casualties and claimed the regime was using illegal cluster munitions. The intensity of the assault on the country's third largest city prompted the rebel leadership to criticize NATO's inability to fulfill its stated mission in Libya--to stop Gaddafi from killing civilians. The U.S. has scaled back its participation in the NATO operation, and many alliance members are wary of a war for regime change. Others are leaning forward: the U.K., France and Italy have said they will dispatch advisers to counsel the rebels on military and logistics coordination.
Talk Reform, Deliver Repression