Our soccer guru William Troop fills us in on the latest World Cup dramas before he takes off for Brazil himself.
Also today, foreign correspondent Marine Olivesi has brought us many of the most riveting stories of the Arab Spring. Her reports from the region have been alternately hopeful and daunting. Today she brings us the heartbreaking story of prominent human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis, assassinated yesterday in Benghazi, just hours after casting her ballot in Libya's general election.
-- Kenyan writer and one of TIME Magazine's 'most influential' people of the year, BINYAVANGA WAINAINA talks about publicly coming out in his essay "I am a Homosexual, Mum" and rocketing to the forefront of Africa's gay rights movement on the heels of the signing of Nigeria's infamous anti-homosexuality law.
Hope all enjoyed our joint program with The Takeaway yesterday on the Iraq crisis. It's back to your regular "World" today.
We're tackling fresh angles on Iraq today - Marco snags an interview with a spokesman for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki. We also hear from Canadian photojournalist Rita Leistner about her time in Iraq. She covered the opening days of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq from the northern province of Kurdistan, where she documented a unit of women in the Peshmerga militia.
-- Brent talks to Brazil's bossa nova king SERGIO MENDES. His music has always combined the traditional music of his country with American influences, and that's still the case on his latest album "Magic", which pairs him with younger musicians -- and Mendes fans -- like singer John Legend and will.i.Am from the Black Eyed Peas.
-- South African photographer ZANELE MUHOLI talks about using "visual activism" to chronicle the faces of a community under threat, gay and lesbian South Africans