After seven and half years of combat and thousands of U.S. troops killed, the American combat mission in Iraq is set to wind down by late August. Gwen Ifill gets two views on the road ahead for Iraq and the U.S. mission there from former Clinton and Bush administration officials. Continue reading
In other news Friday, three more American troops were killed in Afghanistan, bringing the U.S. death toll for June to 48. Also, oil continues to wash onto beaches in Florida and Mississippi as Thad Allen warned that a potential storm could halt oil collection in the Gulf. Continue reading
The 21st Olympic Winter Games kick off Friday in Vancouver with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron and the parade of nations, but hours before the opening ceremonies, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a training run. Jeffrey Brown speaks with USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan in Vancouver. Continue reading
Giving birth holds deadly risks for mothers in Tanzania, where on average one woman and six infants die each hour from preventable, birth-related complications. Continue reading
British conductor Sir Edward Downes ended his life last week at the age of 85, alongside his wife Joan, 74, in Switzerland. He had not been ill (though his daughter reported he was nearly blind and deaf), but Lady Downes had been suffering from terminal cancer. After 54 years of marriage, the couple had decided to die together, in front of their two children, at a Zurich assisted-suicide clinic.
In her latest report from Russia, Margaret Warner takes a look at the health and well-being of the Russian people, including the low life expectancy for adult males. Continue reading