Volunteers reflect on leaving Honduras

In December, the Peace Corps announced it has temporarily suspended volunteer operations in Honduras while it conducts a review of the safety and security environment, according to a Peace Corps press release. Read more

Growth a goal for Europe’s leaders

LONDON — European leaders grappling with a stubborn debt crisis reaffirmed their commitment Monday to sign a new pact limiting public spending, but pledged also to spur growth and create jobs in an acknowledgment that austerity cuts alone will not pull the continent out of its economic funk. Read more

Egypt bars US workers from travel, escalating crackdown

CAIRO — Egypt has barred at least 10 American and European civil society workers — including the son of a senior Obama administration official — from leaving the country in a sign that the ruling generals are extending their crackdown on foreign pro-democracy groups. Read more

Embargo on Iranian oil approved

LONDON — Europe slapped a boycott on Iranian oil Monday, signaling that the Islamic Republic’s second-largest market is likely to dry up as part of a U.S.-led campaign of sanctions that has already inflicted serious damage on Iran’s economy and sharply increased tensions. Read more

UA astronomers discover hottest planets

Before stars burn out, they inflate to become red giants. The outer hydrogen envelope of these massive stars expand and can swallow almost anything that stands in its path, including smaller planets. Read more

Cultural scholar tackles borders

When Mexican cultural historian Carlos Monsiváis and Columbia University professor Gayatri Spivak parted ways in the summer of 2006 at a conference in Philadelphia, the two planned to meet again to lecture together. That meeting never happened. Monsiváis, whom the UA gave an honorary doctorate, died in the summer of 2010. Read more

Murdoch settles with phone hacking victims

LONDON — The media giant News Corp.’s British subsidiary agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to actor Jude Law and 17 other victims of phone hacking by its journalists as part of a settlement announced in a British court on Thursday. Read more

Vive Peru broadens cultural horizons

A group of UA students traveled to Peru this winter to volunteer with Vive Peru, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to Peruvian communities and fosters cross-cultural understanding. Read more