Iraqi authorities are going to great lengths to pull off a national vote for its parliament on Wednesday, the first since the US troop withdrawal in 2011. The hardest part is to create a sense of normalcy in a country suffering from unrelenting sectarian violence.
Groups of ultra-orthodox men have been picketing a new girls' school, harassing the girls and their mothers. The men claim they are offended by what they say is the "immodesty" of elementary school-aged girls.
Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Kevin Connolly in Libya's second-largest city Benghazi about the difficulty in assessing what is really happening in the battles between rebels and forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi.
The revolt against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi began two weeks ago. It's taken a different course from the uprisings that have sprung up in other parts of the Arab world. The BBC's Kevin Connolly is in Benghazi.
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