Scratching their heads: Malaysia's Minister of Transport, Hishamuddin Hussein, center, tried to answer reporters' questions Wednesday about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. He was joined by Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, and Gen. Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
Migrants sit in a boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy off the coast of Sicily on Nov. 28, 2013. Italy is looking to revamp the way it handles the hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrive annually.
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Undocumented migrants are held at Ponte Galeria, a detention camp near Rome. Human rights groups have criticized conditions in Italy's detention camps.
With mild weather ahead, southern Europe is once again bracing for new boatloads of would-be migrants and asylum seekers from North Africa.
Italy has borne the brunt of this migrant flow for two decades and it has responded with one of Europe's most repressive laws on illegal immigration.
But now the Italian parliament is trying to scrap a law that has made migrants vulnerable to exploitation and human rights abuses. The existing law has also produced detention camps where undocumented migrants are held in harsh conditions.
A container ship docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. No one on the pier knows for sure what exactly the containers carry — anything from frozen chicken to computers.
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Containers are unloaded off a ship at New Jersey's Port Elizabeth. The global shipping industry took a big hit in the wake of the 2008 worldwide recession, but now companies are building the biggest ships ever.
On a cold, blustery day at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, one of several massive cranes whirs along a rail high above the pier, picks up a heavy container from a ship's deck and loads it on a waiting truck back on land. The truck drives away, another arrives and the whole process starts again.
It's a scene played out every day along America's coasts as massive container ships from across the globe pull into deep-water seaports, waiting to be unloaded. The ships are enormous — some 10 stories high and several football fields long.
The English-language, Russia-funded TV network Russia Today (RT) has been in the news after an anchor resigned on air last week, saying she no longer could work for “a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.”
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at RT, as well as CCTV out of China, the BBC from the U.K. and Voice of America from the U.S., with Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.