A little more than a year has passed since an earthquake struck central Italy. Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed. And a year later the reconstruction still has not begun. The World's Gerry Hadden reports from L'Aquila.
President Obama and other world leaders are to pay last respects to Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria on Sunday. Karolina Lewestam is a Polish doctoral candidate living in the US. She talks with Marco Werman about mourning from abroad.
A recent UN report suggests that less than 2% of the population in the Arab world reads even one book a year and that one-third of Arabs are illiterate. The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus on what some Arabs see as a 'reading crisis.'
In the future the majority of readers might read their books electronically. In the meantime, though, the paper kind populates bookstores and libraries. And the older a book is, the smellier it is. The World's Alex Gallafent reports.
For today's Geo Quiz, we're looking for one of Islam's holiest cities. The answer is Mecca. Jake Warga traveled to a different mosque? the Jumeirah Mosque in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai, and sent us this sound piece.