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Bulgaria doesn't have a government. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced today that he and his right-wing cabinet would quit, following days of increasingly violent protests against high electricity prices, austerity, and corruption.

"It is the people who put us in power and we give it back to them today," Borisov told parliament. Which people, exactly, remains to be seen: Borisov has said he won't be part of a caretaker government, and new elections are not currently scheduled until July.

Nowhere is neutral ground in Syria. State media reports that mortar shells were fired at a sports stadium in Damascus today. One soccer player was killed and several others injured as they met for a training session.

It comes a day after reports that mortars landed near President Bashar al-Assad's palace elsewhere in the capital, which was once considered insulated from the conflict. These latest strikes are proof, if proof were needed, that it's not.


Who to believe? Yesterday, we heard the prosecution's account of the night that Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp, his late girlfriend. Then we heard Pistorius's version. One described a brutal and premeditated murder; the other, a tragic mistake. Both sounded all too possible.

Today, the second day of the sprinter's bail hearing, each side has the chance to pick holes in the other's story. Police say a neighbor heard "non-stop shouting" from Pistorius's home that night; the defense says the witness was in a house 600 meters away. The prosecution says needles and what they believe to be testosterone were found in the athlete's bedroom; his lawyers say it was a herbal remedy.

It's not getting any clearer. And these are only the preliminaries: the full trial isn't expected for months.

Sorry seems to be the hardest word. The UK's David Cameron today paid his respects at the scene of the 1919 Amritsar massacre in India, becoming the first serving British prime minister to do so. A solemn memorial now marks the spot where, almost 100 years ago, colonial British troops shot dead hundreds of Indian civilians gathered for an unauthorized public meeting.

Cameron described the killings as "a deeply shameful event in British history" – but didn't, as some Indian activists had demanded, apologize for them.

What will a post-NATO Afghanistan look like? The nightmare scenario is a descent into a new period of ethnic violence and civil conflict. And in parts of the country, even before the last troops pull out, the nightmare seems to be coming true.

GlobalPost's Chris Sands gives a preview of where Afghanistan could be heading when coalition troops complete their withdrawal, at the end of next year.


Nothing to see here: just some naked men, looking at more naked men. By popular demand, the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Austria, opened its doors yesterday to some 200 male nudists for a special – ahem – unveiling of its display of masculine nudes.

The museum organized the all-man, all-off tour in response to requests from all over the world from people "inspired" by its exhibition, 'Nude Men from 1800 to Today.' Here's a video of the art buffs appreciating art in the buff. Looks... drafty.