Dec. 22, 2006
Russia's Economic Boom Strenghtens President Putin's Government
Russia is emerging as a regional power with its energy boom. This economic boost has led to President Putin's government becoming even stronger and low chances for fair elections and freedom of speech in the ex-communist country.
Dec. 21, 2006
Track Countries' Nuclear Developments
This interactive map allows you to trace different nations' nuclear efforts over the past 60 years.
Dec. 19, 2006
EU Condemns Libyan Death Verdict
Bulgarian and European Union officials condemned the death sentences handed down Tuesday by a Libyan court to six foreign medical workers for intentionally infecting children with HIV.
Dec. 11, 2006
Spy Poisoning Case Raises Questions About Russian Democracy
Two weeks after the poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, more radiation poisoning cases have been discovered and Moscow is abuzz with rumors of political intrigue. NewsHour Correspondent Simon Marks reports on the criminal investigation and its implications for President Putin's future.
Dec. 7, 2006
President Bush, PM Blair Respond to Iraq Study Group's Report
President Bush and British Prime Minister Blair praised some of the proposals from the Iraq Study Group Thursday in a press conference, while expressing hesitation about others. NewsHour reports on their reactions.
Dec. 1, 2006
Turkey Torn Between Eastern Heritage and Western Opportunity
For centuries Turkey has been known as a bridge between the East and West due to its strategic location. Now the predominantly Muslim nation must find a balance between its 80 years of separation between religion and state and new leadership with Islamist roots.
Nov. 30, 2006
Death of Poisoned Russian Spy Sparks Radiation Alert
British authorities found traces of radiation at 12 locations, including two British Airways planes, while investigating the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko last week.
Nov. 30, 2006
Pope Visits Religious Sites in Turkey
Pope Benedict XVI visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, becoming the second pope to enter a Muslim place of worship. He praised Islam and supported Turkey's bid to join the European Union during his four-day trip.
Nov. 30, 2006
Pop Culture Tries to Save Pluto
Scientists aren't the only ones weighing in on Pluto's future. Read more about the songwriters, T-shirt makers and others who are voicing their opinions.
Nov. 28, 2006
Pope Urges Peace During Visit to Turkey
Pope Benedict XVI made his first trip to a Muslim country as pontiff Tuesday when he visited Turkey, where he urged religious leaders to reject all acts of violence in the name of faith.
Nov. 27, 2006
Turkish Opinion of U.S. War in Iraq Taints Relations
Opinions in the United States' once-friendly ally Turkey have turned negative in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and continued violence that is threatening Turkey's border. NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Istanbul.
Nov. 20, 2006
U.S.-Russia Trade Pact Paves Way for Russia to Join WTO
A trade agreement signed by the United States and Russia over the weekend clears a major hurdle for the former communist country's entry into the World Trade Organization, the international body that regulates trade rules and disputes.
Nov. 17, 2006
Scientists Sequence Part of Neanderthal Genome
Scientists announced Wednesday that they had mapped sections of the Neanderthal genetic code, using DNA extracted from a 38,000-year-old fossilized femur bone found in a Croatian cave.
Oct. 30, 2006
Global Warming Could Significantly Impact World Economy, Study Says
Unchecked global warming could impact the world economy on a scale comparable to world wars and the Great Depression, a report issued Monday by the British government says.
Oct. 26, 2006
Afghan Civilians Killed During NATO Raid
Upwards of 60 civilians were killed during a NATO-led bombing campaign against Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to local officials there.
Oct. 23, 2006
Author Discusses New Book About Radical Islam in the Netherlands
Ian Buruma's new book investigates the role of radical Islam in the Netherlands. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author.
Oct. 10, 2006
The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan
The first official deployment of the Soviet army into the Kingdom of Afghanistan began Dec. 25, 1979, and marked the beginning of a decade-long Soviet rule in the country.
Oct. 9, 2006
Russian Human Rights Journalist Murdered in Moscow
Anna Politkovskaya, known for her reporting of human rights abuses by the Russian military and the plight of civilians in Chechnya, was gunned down Saturday in Moscow. Colleague Nina Ognianova discusses the murder and reflects on Politkovskaya's career in journalism.
Oct. 9, 2006
World Leaders Condemn North Korea Following Claim of Nuclear Test
Despite warnings from the U.N. Security Council that a nuclear test would lead to severe consequences, North Korea claimed Monday it set off its first nuclear test.
Sept. 26, 2006
Prime Minister Blair Gives Farewell Speech to Labour Party
In an hour-long speech Tuesday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair addressed the Labour Party for the last time, admitting it will be "hard to let go" when he steps down as leader next year. He also pledged to help unify his party and advance peace between the Israelis and Palestinians to combat terrorism.
Sept. 18, 2006
Pope's Comments on Islam Incite Outrage and Protest
Pope Benedict XVI's comments that link Islam and the Prophet Muhammad to violence has sparked protest and criticism from the Muslim community. Experts analyze the broader implications of these remarks and the state of relations between Catholics and Muslims.
Sept. 14, 2006
Science of DNA Kits
Determining ancestry was once the realm of genealogists who followed paper trails and traveled the world, picking up clues. But now, researchers can provide a picture about a person's past with a DNA kit and a swab of his or her cheek.
Sept. 11, 2006
Shuttle Atlantis Docks with Space Station to Attach Solar Panels
The space shuttle Atlantis docked with the International Space Station Monday in preparation for attaching a 45-foot truss with new solar arrays to the orbiting research facility.
Sept. 7, 2006
British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Step Down
In response to waning popularity and growing criticism within his Labour Party, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he would step down within the next year, although he did not set a specific date.
Aug. 30, 2006
German Author Reveals Former Membership in Nazi SS
Author Gunter Grass, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999, shocked the Germany when he revealed his membership in the infamous Nazi Waffen SS during World War II. German writer Peter Schneider discusses the confession's impact on Germany.
Aug. 24, 2006
Scientists Reclassify Pluto as 'Dwarf Planet'
Top international astronomers voted Thursday to strip Pluto's planetary status that it has held since its discovery in 1930. The celestial object is now redefined as a "dwarf planet," leaving just eight major planets in the solar system.
Aug. 24, 2006
Pluto Demoted to 'Dwarf Planet' Status
After years of debate over Pluto's planetary status, the International Astronomical Union voted Thursday to classify the celestial object as a "dwarf planet," thereby shrinking the number of major planets in the solar system to eight.
Aug. 23, 2006
Countries Weigh Iran Nuclear Counterproposal
France offered its first take on Iran's proposal to re-open negotiations over its nuclear program, saying the door to talks was open, but only if Iran suspends uranium enrichment -- something it has opposed to date.
Aug. 21, 2006
11 British Terror Plot Suspects Charged
Eleven people were charged in Britain for allegedly plotting to blow up airliners going from Britain to the United States.
Aug. 17, 2006
France Offers Few Troops to Lebanese Peace Force
President Jacques Chirac said France would only deploy 400 troops to Lebanon even as U.N. officials said they hoped for more troops from the country slated to lead the force to end the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militants.
Aug. 16, 2006
Astronomers Offer New Vision of the Solar System
Astronomers attending an international summit in Prague plan to vote next week on a new classification of Pluto-like objects that will redefine the solar system. Experts discuss the proposed solution to the long-standing debate over whether Pluto is a planet.
Aug. 16, 2006
Suspects Held Without Charges in UK-U.S. Airline Bomb Plot
A British judge agreed to extend the warrants of the 24 people suspected in a plot to bomb transatlantic flights until next week. British law dictates a maximum of 28 days for suspects to be held without charge. A reporter speaks about the developing investigation.
Aug. 15, 2006
Arrests Cast New Light on British Anti-terror Policies
London police announced Tuesday the arrest of a 25th suspect in the plot to bomb flights from the UK to the United States. Terrorism and law experts discuss the differences between U.S. and British anti-terror laws.
Aug. 11, 2006
Suspected London Terrorists Linked to Pakistan
British authorities said suspects in the alleged plot to blow up flights to the United States were men between 17 and 35, and most seemed to be Muslim Britons of Pakistani descent. Experts discuss the link to Pakistan.
Aug. 10, 2006
Experts Analyze UK Airline Terror Plot and Terrorism at Large
A terrorist plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives was disrupted Thursday in London. Experts Magnus Ranstorp and Daniel Benjamin discuss the terror plot, the plotters and their choice of weapons.
Aug. 10, 2006
Homeland Security Chief Calls Plot 'Comparable to 9/11'
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff outlines what authorities have learned about the plot to blow up airplanes traveling from Britain to the United States, an attack Chertoff said would have been "comparable to 9/11."
Aug. 10, 2006
Airline Terror Plot Foiled in UK Soon Before Planned Bombings
British authorities announced Thursday that they disrupted a conspiracy to bomb multiple flights to the United States. The attackers planned to use liquid explosives and focus their attacks on flights to New York, Washington D.C., and California. Officials said the plot was close to being carried out when it was halted.
Aug. 10, 2006
Terrorism Alert Raised to High After Bomb Plot Foiled
British authorities on Thursday arrested 21 people reportedly planning to detonate explosives aboard aircraft flying from the UK, prompting U.S. officials to raise the terror alert to "red," its highest level yet, for commercial flights from Britain.
Aug. 3, 2006
Daily Attacks Mar NATO Takeover of Southern Afghanistan
Attacks against NATO forces in southern Afghanistan killed 21 civilians and four Canadian troops Thursday.
July 29, 2006
NATO Faces Difficult Task of Securing Afghanistan
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization officially expands its mission Monday to the restive southern region of Afghanistan, the alliance must try to stabilize an area in the midst of an insurgency orchestrated by the Taliban fighters.
July 28, 2006
President Bush, Prime Minister Blair Seek Resolution to Enforce Mideast Peace
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair announced an agreement to send a multinational stabilization force to Lebanon. After excerpts from a news conference, analysts Giovanni Castellaneta and Robin Niblett assess Europe's role in brokering a diplomatic solution.
July 27, 2006
New Bird Flu Vaccine Appears More Effective in Drug Trials
A new vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline to combat the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, has shown to be more effective than any other version in clinical trials, the company announced Wednesday.
July 25, 2006
Expert Explains Collapse of Global Free Trade Talks
An expert discusses the failure of global free trade talks, known as the Doha round, and assesses what countries may do from here.
July 25, 2006
After Faltering for Months, Global Free Trade Talks Suspended
After several months of acrimonious debate and failed negotiations, international trade representatives officially suspended the Doha round of free trade talks, marking a major setback to efforts to reduce trade barriers throughout the globe.
July 24, 2006
Americans Win Two European Championships
The United States won two important European championships this weekend: the British Open and Tour de France. A sports writer and commentator for NPR discusses the two American wins.
July 24, 2006
Iraqi Prime Minister Denies Civil War
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asserted Monday that, despite sectarian violence across the country that kills an average of 100 civilians per day, Iraq is not slipping into a civil war.
July 17, 2006
Middle East Conflict Dominates G-8 Summit Discussions
The Middle East crisis dominated the weekend meeting of the G-8 nations in St. Petersburg while pushing down other important issues. Three foreign affairs newspaper columnists discuss how other countries have been handling the Middle East crisis.
July 14, 2006
President Bush's Visit to Russia Highlights Concerns About Russian Democracy
President Bush, in St. Petersburg for the G-8 Summit, has recently raised concerns about the direction of Russian democracy.
July 11, 2006
Day of Terror Unfolds in Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya
Terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya over the past few days included attacks on coalition forces abroad and the assassination of Chechen militia leader Shamil Basayev.
July 10, 2006
America's Interest in Soccer Perks This Year After the World Cup
U.S. interest in soccer perked up during this year's World Cup tournament. Two soccer journalists debate the trends of soccer in America and their origins.
July 10, 2006
Chechen Rebel Leader Basayev Killed in Blast
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, Russia's most notorious and wanted man, was killed Monday when a truck filled with dynamite exploded near his convoy.
June 21, 2006
President Bush Defends U.S. Policy on Iran, Guantanamo
Amid growing criticism from several countries over the treatment of prisoners of war, President Bush, following a one-day U.S.-EU summit in Vienna, said he hoped "to end Guantanamo." European policy experts discuss the reasons behind lagging U.S. popularity in Europe.
June 15, 2006
Britain Agrees to Imprison Taylor if Ex-Liberian Leader Is Convicted
Britain agreed to host former Liberian President Charles Taylor in one of its prisons if he is convicted of war crimes, a government official said Thursday, paving the way for the U.N.-backed court in Sierra Leone to transfer Taylor to The Hague.
June 9, 2006
2006 World Cup Kicks Off in Germany
As soccer's World Cup kicks off in Germany, two authors talk about the history and culture of the tournament.
June 7, 2006
European Investigator Details Web of Secret CIA Prisons and Transfers
Fourteen countries helped the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency build a network of secret flights and detention centers to fight the war on terrorism, according to a Council of Europe investigator's report released Wednesday.
June 1, 2006
Major Powers Strike Deal over Iran's Nuclear Program
In a major diplomatic move, six major powers announced Thursday that they had reached agreement over a set of proposed incentives for Iran to suspend its nuclear effort, and a series of possible actions should Tehran defy international will.
May 26, 2006
Chechen Militant Accused in Beslan Siege Gets Life in Prison
A Russian judge sentenced the only known surviving hostage-taker of the 2004 Beslan school siege to life in prison, prompting an angry outburst from mothers of some of the victims who stormed the cage where the Chechen militant stood.
May 12, 2006
Red Cross Criticizes Lack of Access to U.S. Secret Prisons
The International Committee of the Red Cross criticized the Bush administration Friday for denying access by neutral visitors to those held in secret detention.
May 11, 2006
Africans Search for Better Lives in Europe
The countries of Morocco and Spain are looking for solutions to stem the tide of thousands of Africans, who risk their lives traveling across deserts and straits to illegally immigrate to European shores.
May 10, 2006
President Putin Responds to Cheney Critique
In his state of the nation speech Wednesday, President Putin addressed Vice President Cheney's criticisms of Russia's recent record on human rights and democracy as well as other domestic concerns. Two experts discuss the reactions to the exchange of criticisms and the increasing tensions between the two countries.
April 26, 2006
20 Years Later, Chernobyl Still Weighs on Nuclear Efforts
Twenty years after Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster, debate resumes over the use of nuclear power. Two experts discuss the what happened at Chernobyl and current concerns over nuclear power.
April 19, 2006
Germany Prepares to Release Holocaust Archives
Germany has agreed to allow access to a trove of information on what happened to more than 17 million people who were executed or forced into labor for the Nazi war machine during the Holocaust.
April 11, 2006
Center-Left Coalition Wins Slim Victory in Italian Elections
Italy's center-left coalition led by Romano Prodi won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections, official results showed Tuesday, but Conservative Party Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi refused to concede defeat.
April 11, 2006
Suspects Indicted in Madrid Train Attacks
A Spanish judge charged 29 suspects with murder, terrorism and other crimes for their involvement in the March 11, 2004 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,700.
April 7, 2006
U.S. and Europe Halt Payments to Hamas Government
The United States and European Commission halted aid payments to the Hamas-led Palestinian government Friday after the new cabinet refused to renounce violence or recognize Israel's right to exist.
April 4, 2006
French Youth Take To Streets Over Labor Law
The strike against France's new employment law began peacefully Tuesday with more than a million people taking part in marches across the country. But late in the day, young men began throwing stones, tearing street signs, and scuffling with plainclothes police. Margaret Warner reports on the labor protests in France.
March 29, 2006
Christian Convert Flees Afghanistan, Arrives in Italy
Abdul Rahman, the Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting to Christianity from Islam, arrived in Italy Wednesday after the cancellation of his trial, which had gained worldwide notice.
March 28, 2006
French Labor Law Sparks Youth Riots
A nationwide strike in France brought the country to a virtual standstill Tuesday. More than one million people protested a new law that makes it easier to fire young workers. A report on the clashes in the streets of France.
March 27, 2006
Early Election Results Show Ousted Ukraine President Ahead
Early results in Ukraine's parliamentary elections gave the party led by former President Viktor Yanukovich the lead Monday over the party of his former rival Orange Revolution leader President Viktor Yushchenko.
March 24, 2006
Clashes Grow in France Over Labor Law
Police clashed with hundreds of students in Paris Thursday during demonstrations over new laws passed in French parliament last month. Two guests discuss the causes of the latest unrest in France.
March 22, 2006
NATO Secretary-General Discusses Possible Role in Darfur
Pressure has been mounting for the international community to take a larger role in ending the violence in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan that many have labeled a genocide. NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer discusses what actions his organization may take in stabilizing the region.
March 22, 2006
Basque Separatist Group Declares End to Violence
ETA, a Basque separatist movement that has plagued the Spanish government for nearly 40 years, declared a permanent cease-fire Wednesday, ending a bloody campaign that has killed at least 850 people.
March 13, 2006
Milosevic Death Ends Chapter in Troubled Balkans
Retired General Wesley Clark discusses the life of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic who died in the midst of a four-year trial for alleged war crimes in the Balkans.
March 13, 2006
Milosevic Death Precedes War Crimes Verdict
Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic died Saturday at age 64 in the midst of a four-year trial for alleged war crimes that appeared nearing an end this year.
March 3, 2006
Nuclear Watchdog Mulls Action Over Iran Nuclear Program
Negotiations between Iran and the European Union over Tehran's nuclear program appeared to yield little ahead of a meeting of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Monday.
March 2, 2006
Bird Flu Spreads to Europe, Africa
The deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu has infected poultry and wild fowl in Asia, Africa and Europe raising fears that it could spark a global pandemic if it becomes easily transmittable from human to human. Two health officials discuss the recent outbreaks.
March 1, 2006
Museum Displays Charles Darwin's Discoveries
A new exhibit at New York's American Museum of Natural History explores the life of Charles Darwin and how he developed his theories on evolution but repressed them for decades because he may have known how revolutionary they would become.
Feb. 27, 2006
Olympics Ratings Lowest Since 1992
NBC aired hundreds of hours of prime time coverage of this year's Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, but saw the lowest overall ratings since the 1992 games in Albertville, France. Two guests discuss NBC's Olympic coverage and the reasons for low primetime ratings.
Feb. 20, 2006
Drama Marks Tumultuous Weekend at Olympics
After a background report, a discussion on the confrontation, controversy and celebration at the Turin Winter Games.
Feb. 20, 2006
Iran, Russia to Continue Nuclear Talks
The diplomatic effort to ensure Iran's nuclear efforts would not lead to the Islamic republic developing atomic weapons shifted to Moscow Monday where negotiators from Iran and Russia met to discuss ways to end the standoff.
Feb. 17, 2006
Olympics Give Rise to Unexpected Stars
After a background story, a conversation with a sports analyst on the week's competition and the rise of new olympic stars.
Feb. 15, 2006
Scholars Discuss Religious Iconography in Wake of Cartoon Violence
As protests, many of them violent, continue to shake the Muslim world in the wake of depiction of Muhammad in a series of cartoons, two religious scholars discuss the use of religious imagery in public places and in the media.
Feb. 9, 2006
Journalists Debate the Publishing of Offensive Cartoons
After a Shiite march in Lebanon turned into a protest against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, U.S. news organizations differed in their handling the Muslim cartoons. Three journalists debate whether to publish the cartoons in the United States.
Feb. 6, 2006
Violence Erupts over Muhammad Cartoons
Demonstrations continued across the Muslim world against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that were published in several European papers. After a background report, two guests discuss the causes of the controversy and the role of Muslims living in Europe.
Jan. 30, 2006
EU, U.S. to Refer Iran to U.N. Security Council
Despite attempts by Iran to dodge a referral to the U.N. Security Council over its failure to heed warnings from the IAEA to end its bid to enrich uranium for nuclear energy, EU officials said they would seek involvement from the world body.
Jan. 13, 2006
New German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits U.S.
In the first meeting between President Bush and Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel, the two leaders criticized Iran's nuclear research program but disagreed over using prison camps such as Guantanamo Bay.
Jan. 13, 2006
Lab Finds Mutation in Bird Flu Virus; EU Pledges $100 Million in Aid
A British laboratory has found that two victims of Turkey's bird flu outbreak died from a slightly mutated strain of the H5N1 virus, raising fears the virus could start spreading more easily.
Jan. 12, 2006
Europe and the United States Press to Refer Iran to Security Council
Britain, France, Germany and the United States pressed to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council after Iran announced Tuesday that it would resume uranium enrichment efforts.
Jan. 10, 2006
New Human Cases of Bird Flu in Turkey, China, Japan
Turkish health authorities confirmed the 15th human case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu and have said a third child in the same family died from the virus, though the World Health Organization has confirmed only two deaths and four cases.
Jan. 6, 2006
Turkey Confirms Third Human Death From Bird Flu
Turkey announced Friday the third death from bird flu, the deadly virus that experts say is still an animal disease but has proved fatal in over 70 human cases.
Jan. 4, 2006
Turkey Confirms First Human Cases of Bird Flu
Turkey announced Wednesday its first two human cases, one of them fatal, of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu, marking the virus' first occurrence in people outside Southeast Asia and China.
Jan. 2, 2006
Russia and Ukraine Feud Over Natural Gas Pipeline
A dispute between Russia and the Ukraine over natural gas prices and distribution has threatened much of Europe's natural gas supply. After a background report from Independent Television News, two guests discuss the causes of the pipeline dispute and the implications for Western Europe.