What's Going On Around The World Today?

Five U.S. states are voting in presidential primaries today. The editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine was hacked to death. And BuzzFeed News went inside an award-winning radio program that’s hosted and produced by female inmates in an Ecuadorian prison.


U.S. presidential election: Five Atlantic states are holding presidential primaries and things could get ~tricky~ on the Republican side.

Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware cast their ballots today. BuzzFeed News will keep you updated.

  • The Democrats: Hillary Clinton has a near-insurmountable lead over Bernie Sanders in delegates, the people who actually go to the party convention and vote for the nominee.

  • The Republicans: Ted Cruz and John Kasich said Sunday that they’ll join forces in some upcoming primaries in an attempt to block frontrunner Donald Trump from winning the nomination. If that happens, the Republicans could see a chaotic and rare contested convention in July, where delegates decide the nominee on the spot after rounds of voting.

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The editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine was hacked to death in the country’s latest attack on secular writers.

Xulhaz Mannan and a friend were killed by a group who entered his apartment in Dhaka, the country’s capital, The Guardian reports.

It’s the latest in a string of murders of secular bloggers, journalists, and academics that began last year, several of which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, BuzzFeed News’ J. Lester Feder writes.

A bit of background

Two days before Mannan was attacked, Rezaul Karim Siddique — an English professor and editor of a literary magazine — was killed by a group of machete-wielding men in the northwestern part of the country. ISIS claimed responsibility, accusing him of “calling to atheism.”

And earlier this month, Nazimuddin Samad, a well-known blogger who spoke out against religious extremism, was killed in a similar assault after being named among 83 other writers on a hit list that Islamist militants drew up and sent to the country’s interior ministry.


The most radical radio show in Ecuador is broadcast from a prison.

In Ecuador, some prisons are taking a unique approach to rehabilitating inmates: giving them radio shows. BuzzFeed News’ Purvi Thacker went inside one such program, Palabra Libre, which began as a vocational training workshop but has defied its creators’ expectations.

In October 2014, Palabra Libre won first place in the category “programs produced by students” at the 10th International Radio Biennial Competition in Mexico.

But its greatest impact may be on the participants themselves, approximately 40 of whom have been through the program. Even though she’s incarcerated, 49-year-old Alejandra Tamariz said the program makes her feel “without limits.”

Quick things to know:

  • Cleveland will pay Tamir Rice’s family $6 million. The 12-year-old was shot and killed by police in 2014. (BuzzFeed News)

  • Ukraine marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster today, the worst nuclear plant accident in history. (The Guardian)

  • Militants have killed Canadian citizen John Ridsdel in the Philippines. He had been held hostage since 2015. (BuzzFeed News)

  • UK news: Thousands of junior doctors in England are taking part in the first all-out strike in National Health Service history. (BuzzFeed News) Ninety-six soccer fans who died at Hillsborough stadium in England in 1989 were unlawfully killed as a result of police errors, a jury has ruled. (BuzzFeed News)

  • Six days before his death, Prince was “unresponsive” when his jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. (BuzzFeed News) And from First Avenue to Paisley Park, the city of Minneapolis came out for Prince. BuzzFeed’s Bim Adewunmi was there. (BuzzFeed News)

Happy Tuesday

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