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Not guilty. Those two little words don't mean that George Zimmerman didn't shoot Trayvon Martin dead one night in Florida while the 17-year-old was unarmed. But they do mean it wasn't murder. And they mean a lot of people are very, very angry.

Protests, marches and vigils took place across the United States last night, from Times Square to Hollywood Boulevard. As thousands expressed their disbelief, outrage and grief, President Barack Obama asked them and every American to turn their attention to preventing another "tragedy" like this one. Campaigners say they'll start with the statutes that have made it legal for Zimmerman and others to "stand their ground" at the cost of others' lives. George Zimmerman is not guilty. Is the law?

Guilty. Proving that a conviction can be just as controversial as an acquittal, protests have broken out in Bangladesh as a war crimes tribunal delivered its verdict on a leading Islamist figure. Ghulam Azam, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was convicted of planning, inciting and abetting crimes against humanity during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan, and sentenced to life in prison.

While prosecutors compare the 90-year-old Azam to Adolf Hitler, his supporters maintain that the charges are aimed at wiping out a still powerful political force. They staged violent protests ahead of the verdict, and have now called a general strike in response. Others, meanwhile, believe that Azam is guilty but are angry for a different reason: that he and other elderly convicted war criminals have not been sentenced to death.


See you in Cairo. Senior American diplomat William Burns is in Egypt today for talks with the country's interim leaders. Under Secretary of State Burns is the first US official to visit Egypt since the military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi almost two weeks ago.

He has the lofty mission of communicating "US support for the Egyptian people, an end to all violence, and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government," according to the official bumpf. In practice that might look a little less dignified — especially if talks turn to US aid, Washington's biggest carrot if it's continued and biggest stick if it's not. Four F-16 fighter jets to anyone who can tell us whether Burns will meet with members of the increasingly squeezed Muslim Brotherhood, or even Morsi himself.

On the new, old Burma Road. Burma is changing. The country has left behind its military government, its sanctioned economy, even its name, to become the new Myanmar. And the journey's far from over.

GlobalPost took 20 young Burmese and American reporters around Myanmar to better explore how far the country has come, and where it has yet to go. Along the ancient Burma road, through the capitals past and present, down the Irrawaddy Delta and across Yangon itself, they traveled across Myanmar at a crucial time in its history. Travel with them in GlobalPost's new, in-depth series: A Burmese Journey.


A book by any other name reads just as well, apparently. At least if it's written by J.K. Rowling, who forewent the considerable star power of her own moniker in favor of a nom de plume for the publication of her latest oeuvre. 'The Cuckoo's Calling,' a racy little crime novel supposedly penned by one "Robert Galbraith," has been confirmed to be the work of none other than the 'Harry Potter' author herself.

Rowling says she wanted to publish the book — which was well-received on its own terms — without the hype that would inevitably be attached to anything signed by her. What else has she written without telling us? And has anyone ever seen her in a room with Dan Brown? Hmm.