Dec. 30, 2004
Ukrainian Election Dispute Appears Near an End
Ukraine's election commission rejected a lengthy appeal from current Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich that alleged widespread fraud and vote tampering caused his defeat in the Dec. 26 re-run of Ukraine's presidential runoff.
Dec. 28, 2004
Foreign Policy Dominated U.S. Political Agenda in 2004
Foreign policy was at the forefront of President Bush's agenda in 2004. Two foreign policy experts analyze U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world.
Dec. 27, 2004
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory Monday in Ukraine's presidential re-vote. The vote came after the country's Supreme Court declared the first election a fraud. A Los Angeles Times reporter in Kiev analyzes this second election's outcome.
Dec. 27, 2004
Opposition Leader Declares Victory in Ukrainian Election
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory Monday in Ukraine's presidential re-run vote -- an election marked by large protests, allegations of fraud and a disfiguration caused by dioxin poisoning.
Dec. 24, 2004
Ukraine Will Hold Presidential Re-Vote Sunday
Ukraine will hold a presidential re-vote Sunday. The Supreme Court there annulled the Nov. 21 election after allegations of voter fraud surfaced.
Dec. 23, 2004
Russian State-Owned Oil Company Buys Private Firm Yukos
Russian oil company Yukos lost its most valuable oil production subsidiary to a state-owned firm. Jeffrey Brown looks at the re-nationalization of the company with Marshall Goldman, associate director of the Davis Center for Russian studies at Harvard University, and J. Robinson West, founder of PFC Energy, a consulting group.
Dec. 17, 2004
EU to Start Talks on Admitting Turkey
The European Union and Turkey on Friday reached a historic pact to start membership talks after Turkey agreed to acknowledge Cyprus as an EU member.
Dec. 14, 2004
Tensions Between the U.S. and Russia
Margaret Warner leads a discussion on recent tensions between the United States and Russia following the disputed presidential election in Ukraine.
Dec. 10, 2004
Chief of Staff to the Ukrainian Opposition Candidate
After weeks of political turmoil and street protests, the two candidates have agreed the disputed presidential runoff will be re-run on Dec. 26. Oleh Rybachuk, the chief of staff of opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko, discusses the election.
Dec. 8, 2004
Ukrainian Parliament Paves Way for Dec. 26 Re-Vote
Ukraine's parliament approved broad electoral and constitutional changes Wednesday in a move intended to end a political crisis that has gripped the nation since contested presidential elections took place in November.
Dec. 7, 2004
Panel Makes Recommendations to Remake the United Nations
Margaret Warner speaks with retired General Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to the first President Bush, who served on the U.N. panel that recently released its report on how to remake the world body.
Dec. 3, 2004
Ukraine Supreme Court Allows New Run
Julian Manyon of Independent Television News reports on the Ukrainian Supreme Court's decision to hold a new presidential run-off election. Then, Ray Suarez speaks with Frank Brown, who is in Kiev as a special correspondent for Newsweek.
Dec. 3, 2004
Ukrainian Supreme Court Invalidates Election
Ukraine's Supreme Court ruled Friday that the disputed presidential election officially won by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, but challenged by opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko, was invalid and that a "repeat vote" is required.
Dec. 3, 2004
Danforth Resigns After Airing Complaints About U.N.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth announced his resignation Thursday, less than six months after President Bush named him to the position.
Dec. 1, 2004
Ukraine Election Results Debated in Courts
Julian Manyon of Independent Television News gives the latest on the disputed presidential election in Ukraine. Then, Margaret Warner speaks with Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times, who is covering the story in Kiev.
Dec. 1, 2004
Ukraine Parliament Votes to Remove Government; Rivals Reach Compromise
The opposition in Ukrainian's contested presidential elections got a boost Wednesday when parliament passed a no-confidence motion essentially bringing to an end Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich's government.
Nov. 29, 2004
Ukraine's Supreme Court Considers Call for New Elections
After a week of protests and pressure from the European Union and other Western nations, the Ukrainian Supreme Court has begun hearings into whether the Nov. 20 presidential election was tainted by organized state fraud.
Nov. 26, 2004
Ukraine's Supreme Court Rules Election Invalid
Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports from Ukraine on the government negotiations over the disputed presidential election. Then, Terence Smith speaks with Washington Post reporter Peter Finn about the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine.
Nov. 24, 2004
Protesters Rally in Ukraine's Capital Over Reports of Election Fraud
Thousands of Ukrainians and several world leaders called for a new round of voting Wednesday after a government panel named Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner of a widely disputed presidential election.
Nov. 23, 2004
Ukraine Election Dispute Grows into Political Crisis
Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News gives an update on the disputed election in the Ukraine. Then, Jim Lehrer speaks with an international election expert about the growing political crisis.
Nov. 18, 2004
Iran's Nuclear Program Sparks Worldwide Debate
Iran's nuclear program has sparked controversy worldwide. Two nuclear experts discuss both the U.S. and European approach to Iran.
Nov. 16, 2004
Europe's First Moon Mission Begins Orbit
The first European spacecraft, an unmanned fuel-efficient probe called SMART-1, has started orbiting the moon, putting it on course to study the lunar surface, the European Space Agency announced Tuesday.
Nov. 4, 2004
A Test of Tolerance: Muslim Immigrants in the Netherlands
The murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh and the arrest of a Dutch-Moroccan in connection with the murder has raised questions over the cultural divide between Europeans and a fast growing population of Muslim immigrants.
Oct. 28, 2004
Insurgents Execute 11 Iraqi Troops, Kidnap Polish Woman
Insurgents released an Internet video Thursday showing the execution of 11 Iraqi troops they had taken hostage, coinciding with footage aired the same day on the al-Jazeera network showing a Polish woman kidnapped by another militant group.
Oct. 22, 2004
Russian Duma Approves Kyoto Protocol
Russia's state Duma on Friday ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to fight global warming, giving the global pact a good chance of being enacted and boosting Russia's chance at joining the World Trade Organization.
Sept. 21, 2004
President Bush Addresses the UN General Assembly
President Bush today defended his decision to invade Iraq in an address before the U.N. General Assembly. Kwame Holman reports on the president's remarks. Gwen Ifill follows up with two views on President Bush's foreign policy from former foreign policy officials.
Sept. 14, 2004
Putin Announces Plan to Centralize Government
Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed concern over the plan Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin announced Monday to gain greater authority over regional governors and parliamentary elections in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
Sept. 8, 2004
Russian President Vladimir Putin Faces Security Challenge
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with western journalists and academics night to address growing domestic anger and international concerns about his government's perceived failure to effectively fight terrorism. Gwen Ifill speaks with Toby Gati, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State during the Clinton administration.
Sept. 6, 2004
Russia Continues its Second Day of National Mourning for Belsan
Russia continues its second day of national mourning for Belsan, the site of the deadly school siege where 335 people, over half of them children, died.
Sept. 3, 2004
Commandos Storm a Russian School Where Militants Held Hundreds Hostage
Commandos stormed the school in southern Russia today where Chechen rebels had held hundreds of hostages. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports that more than 150 people died and over 500 were injured in the battle.
Sept. 3, 2004
Commandos Storm A Russian School Where Militants Held Hundreds Hostage
Commandos stormed the school in southern Russia Friday where militants had held hundreds hostage. Ray Suarez gets an update from a journalist on the bloody end to the standoff that killed at least 150 people. Margaret Warner follows up in a discussion.
Sept. 3, 2004
Scores Dies in Bloody End to Russian School Standoff
At least 100 people died on Friday after Russian commandos stormed a school in southern Russia where separatist rebels held an estimated 1,500 people hostage -- mostly women and children.
Sept. 2, 2004
Militants Release 26 Hostages in Standoff At Russian School
Militants holding hundreds of people hostage in a Russian school released 26 women and children Thursday afternoon, the first sign of progress in negotiations between Russian officials and the insurgents.
Sept. 1, 2004
Two Senators Debate U.S. Foreign Policy in Israel, Sudan and Russia
International conflicts in Sudan, Chechnya and Israel continued to flare up this week as the GOP held their national convention in New York. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., debate President Bush's foreign policy and how problems in these regions could affect the presidential campaign.
Sept. 1, 2004
Militants Seize Russian School, Hold Children Hostage
Heavily armed militants, some strapped with explosives, seized a school in southern Russia near the separatist region of Chechnya Wednesday morning, taking scores of parents, teachers and children hostage.
Aug. 31, 2004
Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 10 in Moscow
A female suicide bomber killed at least 10 and injured more than 50 others outside a subway station in Moscow Tuesday night. Militant Islamists later claimed responsibility for the attack.
Aug. 30, 2004
Moscow-Backed Candidate Wins Chechen Election
Chechens who went to the polls Sunday elected a new Kremlin-backed President, Alu Alkhanov, who has been threatened by rebels and whose victory was condemned by watch groups.
Aug. 27, 2004
Terrorists May Be Responsible for the Plane Crashes in Russia
Investigators found traces of explosives, an indicator of terrorism, at the wreckage site of one of the two Russian airplanes downed this week. Ray Suarez speaks with regional experts about who might be responsible for the crashes that killed 90 people.
Aug. 27, 2004
Italy Condemns Murder of Kidnapped Journalist in Iraq
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday denounced the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who disappeared in Iraq last week, as "an act of barbarity."
Aug. 25, 2004
Russia Investigates Cause of Twin Plane Crashes
Investigators have found the flight data recorders from two planes that crashed within minutes of each other late Tuesday night in Russia, killing all 89 people aboard.
Aug. 20, 2004
Athletes Around the World Compete at the XXVIII Summer Olympic Games
American athletes have swam, scored and vaulted to victory in many events at the XXVIII Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Jeffrey Brown discusses the Americans' success in gymnastics with former U.S. Olympic gymnast and coach Muriel Grossfeld and the overall progress of the games with Sports Illustrated writer Brian Cazeneuve.
Aug. 16, 2004
Progress Report on the Olympics in Athens
The summer Olympics in Athens got underway over the weekend without any major security or facilities delays, but the U.S. team has struggled so far in its traditional strengths of basketball and swimming. Jeffrey Brown gets a progress report on the games from Sports Illustrated writer Brian Cazeneuve in Athens.
Aug. 4, 2004
Phillip Brookman Talks About Work of Deceased Photographer, Henri Cartier
French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson died at the age of 95. Ray Suarez discusses the work of Cartier-Bresson with Phillip Brookman, curator of photography at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.
Aug. 2, 2004
Trade Talks Back on Track After Negotiations in Geneva
Rich and poor nations struck a deal Sunday to relaunch global trade talks, agreeing to a general framework to cut farm subsidies, open industrial markets and boost global growth.
July 19, 2004
The Global Fight Against AIDS
Last week some 15,000 doctors, activists and policy experts met in Bangkok, Thailand to take stock of current efforts to fight AIDS and assess how to best meet the growing need for treatment and prevention programs. Jeffrey Brown speaks with three leading AIDS experts about current efforts to battle the disease.
July 14, 2004
British Intelligence Failures on Iraq WMDs
A British intelligence inquiry reported today that the country's prewar estimates of Iraq's weapons capabilities had "serious flaws" and were partially based on "unreliable" sources, but the report found no evidence of deliberate distortion on the part of the Blair government.
July 14, 2004
Britain's Iraq Intelligence Was Flawed, Inquiry Finds
A British inquiry reported Wednesday that the country's prewar intelligence on Iraq had "serious flaws" and was partially based on "unreliable" sources, but the report found no evidence of "deliberate distortion" on the part of the Blair government.
July 5, 2004
War and Words: Winston Churchill
Correspondent Jeffrey Brown explores the words of Winston Churchill at a new Library of Congress exhibition.
June 25, 2004
No Agreement Reached in Six-Nation Nuclear Talks
As talks began winding down Friday, diplomats reported some constructive discussions between the United States and North Korea but no concrete progress on efforts to persuade the North to dismantle its nuclear arms program.
June 22, 2004
Chechen Militants Attack Border Town, Killing 57
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered security officials to "find and destroy" Chechen rebels Tuesday, after a late night raid Monday on government offices in the bordering region of Ingushetia killed at least 57 people.
June 21, 2004
Iran Seizes 3 U.K. Navy Boats, 8 Crewmen
Iran said Monday it seized three British naval boats and arrested eight British crewmembers after their boat entered Iran's waters.
June 10, 2004
G-8 Summit Covers Mideast Reform, Iraq
The Group of Eight leaders on Thursday were wrapping up a summit, where much of the discussion focused on a plan to promote democracy across the Middle East. President Bush also sought support for getting NATO more involved in post-occupation Iraq.
June 4, 2004
President, Pope Discuss Iraq Abuse and Sovereignty
Pope John Paul II called on the United States to return sovereignty to the Iraqi people and reiterated his opposition to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein during a meeting with President Bush on Friday.
May 27, 2004
Arrest of Islamic Cleric Abu Hamza al
London police arrested Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on suspicion that he may be linked to alleged al-Qaida terror cells in the northwestern United States. Ray Suarez discusses the arrest with experts.
May 27, 2004
Radical Cleric Arrested in London on Terrorism Charges
British police arrested Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Muslim cleric with alleged ties to Sept. 11 suspect Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe bomber Richard Reid, in a predawn raid Thursday.
May 21, 2004
Newsmaker: Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis discusses the upcoming preparations for the summer Olympics in Athens, Cyprus' entry into the European Union and Greek-U.S. relations in light of the Iraq war.
May 14, 2004
Editor of British Newspaper Fired After Fake Abuse Photos Published
Piers Morgan, editor of the London paper the Daily Mirror, was ousted Friday in the wake of the publication of pictures showing alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment that turned out to be fake.
May 11, 2004
Putin Visits Chechnya, Boosts Troop Levels After Assassination
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Chechnya Tuesday to honor the Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ahmed Kadyrov, who was assassinated Sunday as he attended celebrations marking the anniversary of the end of World War II.
May 10, 2004
Kremlin-Backed Chechen President Killed in Bombing
Chechnya buried its president, Akhmad Kadyrov, Monday, a day after he was killed by a bombing that further thwarts Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to gain control of the war-ravaged republic.
April 16, 2004
The State of the Iraq Coalition
Three foreign policy experts from coalition countries discuss the challenges their governments face in Iraq.
April 9, 2004
Remembering the Past
Two people who have survived periods of horrific genocide have teamed up to speak about their experiences in the Holocaust and Rwanda, with the hope of preventing such acts from happening again. Jeffrey Brown speaks to David Gewirtzman and Jacqueline Murekatete about their experiences and how they met.
April 6, 2004
U.N., Other Groups Agree to Expand Access to Generic Aids Drugs
The United Nations and other organizations said Tuesday they will use their resources to help people in poor countries get AIDS drugs through agreements with generic drug manufacturers.
April 5, 2004
Spain Arrests More Suspects in Madrid Train Blasts
Spanish authorities said Monday they had arrested two more suspects in the March 11 train bombings that killed 191 people and had identified three of those killed in a suicide explosion over the weekend as leading suspects in the attacks.
April 2, 2004
Bomb Defused on High-Speed Train Rail in Spain
A bomb was found under the tracks of one of Spain's high-speed rail systems Friday morning, halting the Madrid-Seville route at the start of the country's busy Easter week travel period.
March 30, 2004
In Memoriam: Alistair Cooke
Alistair Cooke, a broadcasting legend on both shores of the Atlantic, died of heart failure yesterday in New York City. Cooke reported his radio program "Letter from America" each week for 58 years on the BBC, and American audiences knew Cooke as the host of "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS.
March 24, 2004
European Union Slaps Record Fine on Microsoft
European antitrust regulators imposed a record $613 million fine on Microsoft Wednesday and ordered the software giant to offer two versions of its Windows operating system in Europe.
March 17, 2004
Public Opinion in Europe
More Europeans are starting to believe their countries should have policies independent of the United States and have concerns about the Iraq war, according to a survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of public opinion abroad with the director of the survey and two regional experts.
March 16, 2004
Terrorism & Politics in Spain
The investigation into the train bombings in Madrid last week widened Tuesday as the death toll from the attacks rose to 201. Ray Suarez discusses the attacks and the political aftermath with two experts on Spanish politics.
March 15, 2004
Aftermath in Spain
Reverberations continued across Europe today from Sunday's elections in Spain, where Socialists swept the ruling Conservatives out of office over the issue of Spain's support of the Iraq war. Ray Suarez gets an update from Madrid from Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg.
March 15, 2004
Aftermath in Spain
Reverberations continued across Europe from the elections in Spain, where Socialists swept the ruling Conservatives out of office over the issue of Spain's support of the Iraq war. Margaret Warner looks at the election's ramifications for European and U.S-Spain relations, as well as the Iraqi coalition and the war on terror.
March 15, 2004
Pro-U.S. Party Defeated in Spanish Elections
After Spain's Socialist Party scored an upset victory in elections, the incoming prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed Monday to make good on a campaign pledge to pull troops out of Iraq unless the United Nations takes charge by mid-year.
March 15, 2004
Russia's Putin Coasts to Re-Election Victory
Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin won reelection in Sunday's presidential poll by a comfortable margin. The Russian leader faced no strong competitors and found little need to vigorously campaign.
March 12, 2004
Conversation: Spanish Ambassador Javier Ruperez
Millions of Spaniards took to the streets Friday to mourn the hundreds killed and injured in Thursday's train blasts in Madrid. Spain's ambassador to the United States Javier Ruperez describes his nation's efforts to catch the bombers and his own kidnapping by the Basque separatist group ETA, the lead suspect.
March 11, 2004
At least 190 people were killed when a series of bombs exploded in Madrid, Spain today. Ray Suarez discusses the situation with Michael Radu, chairman of the Center on Terrorism and Counterterrorism at the Foreign Policy Research and Institute, and Richard Gardner, former U.S. ambassador to Spain under President Clinton.
March 11, 2004
Al-Qaida Group Takes Credit for Train Blasts in Madrid
A series of powerful explosions that ripped through commuter trains in the Madrid area Thursday killed at least 190 people and injured more than 1,000 in the country's worst-ever terror attack.
March 4, 2004
German Court Overturns Conviction in 9/11 Plot
Germany's highest court Thursday overturned the world's only conviction related to the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, ordering the retrial of a Moroccan man with alleged ties to a Hamburg-based al-Qaida terror cell.
March 1, 2004
U.S., French Troops Arrive in Haiti to Restore Order
About 200 U.S. Marines and 50 French troops arrived in Haiti Monday seeking to restore stability a day after embattled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and fled the chaotic country.
Feb. 24, 2004
WTO Rules EU Can Retaliate Against U.S. in Trade Dispute
The World Trade Organization concluded Tuesday that the European Union can retaliate against the United States in a dispute over a U.S. 1916 anti-dumping law.
Feb. 13, 2004
Former Chechen Leader Killed in Qatar Bomb Blast
Former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, suspected of having terrorist ties and wanted by Moscow, died Friday after an explosion ripped apart his car in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, police said.
Feb. 12, 2004
Inside the Vatican
Jeffrey Brown visits the Vatican and speaks with John Allen, Rome correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, about the 25th anniversary of the John Paul II papacy, the heath of the pope and the issues facing his successor.
Feb. 6, 2004
Russian Subway Bombing Kills 39
Thirty-nine people died and more than 100 were injured Friday morning when a bomb exploded in a packed subway train in Moscow.
Jan. 29, 2004
Critical Hutton Report Prompts Two BBC Resignations
The head of the British Broadcasting Corp. and its director-general resigned Thursday after an official inquiry censured the media corporation's "defective" editorial management.
Jan. 28, 2004
The Hutton Report
A British judge issued his long-awaited report Wednesday on the death of David Kelly, an expert on Iraqi weapons. Terence Smith examines the impact of this report on the British Broadcasting Corp. and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Jan. 28, 2004
BBC Chair Quits Over Critical Hutton Report
The head of the British Broadcasting Corp. resigned Wednesday after an official inquiry strongly censured the media corporation's "defective" editorial management.
Jan. 23, 2004
European Orbiter Confirms Ice in Mars Polar Cap
Europe's Mars orbiter has found the most direct evidence yet of water in the form of ice in the south polar cap of Mars, the European Space Agency announced Friday.
Jan. 22, 2004
War Without End
Russia has fought a long civil war against the separation of its republic of Chechnya, but allegations of human-rights abuses are leading Moscow to increasingly transfer control to local authorities. Special correspondent Simon Marks looks at the war and the dim prospect for peace in Chechnya.
Jan. 7, 2004
An Italian journalist discusses the investigation into the collapse of Italian food conglomerate Parmalat, which is facing an investigation into whether its founder Calisto Tanzi invented paper assets, funneled money to family companies and used extensive fraud to disguise growing losses.
Jan. 2, 2004
Security Alert Prompts More Flight Cancellations
A British Airways flight from London to Washington, D.C., was cancelled for a second day Friday as the U.S. government and its allies continued to scrutinize flights coming into the United States for possible terrorist threats.