Global Briefing, Mar. 28, 2011: The Cost of Reconquest

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The Cost of Reconquest — Eastern Libya is a “morbid playground of war-ravaged streets and shredded tanks,” writes Abigail Hauslohner for TIME. Her piece evokes the human toll of the still-raging battle between Gaddafi loyalists and rebel fighters.

Voice from the Grave — In the New Yorker, David Grann investigates the case of a high-profile Guatemalan lawyer who predicted he would be murdered — and then was killed. A fantastic read, with video, too.

Neighborly Advice —  Turkey’s prime minister today urged Syria’s government to press forward on promises of reform, reports the Financial Times. On Friday, Syria’s ‘day of dignity’ turned into a ‘day of death,’ explains Rania Abouzeid in a dispatch for TIME.

An Election, Eh? — Canada’s government fell late Friday night. TIME’s Megan Gibson explains what’s next in the Great White North (other than, you know, snow).

Nuclear Fallout — The crisis at Fukushima Daiichi appears to have slowed — but not stopped — China’s ambitious nuclear power plans, finds Justin Bergman.

Countries That Kill —  China, Iran, North Korea, Yemen and America carried out the most executions last year, according to a new report. The Guardian breaks down the findings.

Casualties of War — The woman who barged into a Tripoli hotel this weekend to tell foreign journalists she’d been gang raped by Gaddafi loyalists is still missing, notes the Daily Beast. The Libyan government dismissed her as a “prostitute,” and claimed she’d been released.

In Pictures — TIME’s new photo blog, Light Box, features Yuri Kozyrev’s gripping photographs from Eastern Libya.