The loss of the refinery, which is the country's largest and supplies the domestic market, would be a significant blow to the Maliki government.
The host team, Brazil, faces off against Croatia in the first match of the World Cup today.
Arrests and detentions are up, and security officials have at times barred tourists from the square. June 4 is also 'Internet maintenance day,' with many sites being taken down for 'fixes.'
The former education minister was detained today after emerging from hiding to urge a return to civilian rule. The military has summoned over 200 journalists, academics, and businessmen.
Tuesday's car bombings devastated a market in Jos, Nigeria, where Christians and Muslims have clashed in the past. Boko Haram recently abducted hundreds of schoolgirls.
The minister's visit indicates Germany and the West's increasing concern over Ukraine after controversial referendums on independence held Sunday in the country's east.
Boko Haram threatens to sell hundreds of girls it kidnapped last month. The World Economic Forum on Africa opens in Abuja Wednesday, drawing even more global attention to the crisis.
Northeast Brazil used to be known for poverty and migration south. But locals like Maria Joelma da Silva, who the Monitor first met in 2008, are redefining the region.
Mexico's lower house unanimously voted to change a military code that gave the military courts jurisdiction over any crimes committed by on-duty soldiers.
The European Union said it would freeze assets of 15 military and political officials in Russia and Ukraine. The move comes as tensions escalate in eastern Ukraine.
Russia's foreign minister said an attack on Russian citizens "is an attack on the Russian Federation." Ukraine said its troops retook a city hall and repelled an assault by militiamen last night.
Brazil's favelas are often associated with violence and crime, but that's only part of the story.
Income inequality has bred gaps in public health in Brazil where a community-based program first piloted in the 1980s now offers health services and advice to those most in need.