Time magazine named Russian President Vladimir Putin its “Person of the Year” Wednesday — the latest sign of Putin’s rise as a key player on the world stage. A Time editor and a policy expert examine Putin’s leadership and how he may further influence Russian politics. Continue reading
Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf tapped an interim prime minister Thursday who will oversee January parliamentary elections in the country as opposition leader Benazir Bhutto pushed separately to build a national unity interim government. Continue reading
Police in Pakistan halted an opposition protest Tuesday and confined its organizer, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, to her home. Also on Tuesday, Bhutto called for President Pervez Musharraf to resign. Continue reading
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to fire the country’s chief justice has sparked protests in Islamabad, calling into question his leadership as he seeks another term this fall. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri discusses the troubles facing Musharraf and Pakistan’s role in fighting terrorism. Continue reading
Hamas forces encroached on Fatah strongholds in Gaza Wednesday, gaining an advantage in what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called “the first signs of a cruel civil war.” Two regional experts, Ghaith al-Omari and Mark Perry, lend their perspectives on the conflict. Continue reading
Boris Yeltsin, who pushed for democracy and a market economy as the first freely elected president of Russia, died Monday at age 76. A journalist and a professor discuss Yeltsin’s legacy. Continue reading
On Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, NewsHour reports on the plans for a Washington memorial honoring the civil rights leader. Darryl Matthews, president of the group that originated the idea for the memorial, and Bonnie Fisher, a partner from the firm designing the memorial, discuss the plans.
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. Continue reading