On Friday’s NewsHour…


TUNISIA UPHEAVAL | Amid demonstrations unprecedented during his more than two decades in office, authoritarian Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was forced to step down as thousands converged on the interior ministry building in the capital of Tunis. Judy Woodruff talks about the implications of this dramatic events in the North African nation with Mary-Jane Deeb, chief of the African and Middle East Division at the Library of Congress.

CHINA-U.S. RELATIONS | Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said China must assume the responsibilities of being “a world power in the 21st century,” citing the need to address climate change, the global economy, and North Korea. Her remarks came ahead of President Hu Jintao’s visit to the White House next week. Jim Lehrer has details.

TUCSON TRAGEDY | Correspondent Tom Bearden reports on how survivors of last weekend’s shooting in Tucson are coping with the shock and loss of the tragedy — and starting to speak out about their experiences. Members of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ staff have kept her office open, even as the Congresswoman fights to recover from her injuries. U.S. District Judge John Roll was remembered in a private funeral Friday.

HAITI CHOLERA | Jeffrey Brown looks at the battle against an epidemic in Haiti, one year after a devastating earthquake upset an already fragile infrastructure and created conditions for a cholera outbreak that has spread quickly throughout makeshift tent camps.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week’s news, including the president’s address at the Tucson memorial service.

Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown anchor Friday night’s program. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.