Vladimir Putin

  • September 5, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to reach a deal on a cease-fire in Syria, amid an onslaught of Islamic State attacks. Also, the Taliban carried out twin attacks near the defense ministry in Kabul, killing 24 people. Continue reading

  • September 5, 2016  

    It was President Obama’s final official visit to China: a G20 summit with other world leaders in Hangzhou. When it was over, they had made some commitments on climate change, but on issues like China’s steel production or Syria, there was little to show from the weekend. William Brangham talks to The Washington Post’s David Ignatius and Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations. Continue reading

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    HANGZHOU, China — President Barack Obama said Monday the U.S. and Russia have not given up on negotiations that could stem the bloodshed in Syria, but acknowledged that leaders are challenged by “gaps of trust” between the rival powers. Continue reading

  • September 2, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, August job growth was lower than expected, with 151,000 new positions created. As a result, the nation’s unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent for the third consecutive month. Also, the government of Uzbekistan confirmed that its president, Islam Karimov, died of a stroke. Karimov was known for brutal repression of dissent during more than 25 years in power. Continue reading

  • August 19, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the CDC warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to Florida’s Miami Beach in light of the recent Zika outbreak there. Officials say mosquitoes are now transmitting the virus in the tourist destination; five local cases have been reported. Also, 86,500 people have filed for federal aid in the wake of the Louisiana floods, and many remain without power or in shelters. Continue reading

  • August 19, 2016  

    In January, Iran released American hostages in a development coinciding with a U.S. payout of $400 million — money that had been owed for decades. The Obama administration previously denied a connection between the two events, but on Friday, the State Department modified its response, saying the money was used as “leverage.” Judy Woodruff talks to department spokesman Adm. John Kirby for more. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    In battleground Ohio on Monday, Donald Trump revealed his foreign policy plan. It envisions the U.S. becoming more aggressive in the fight against ISIS but generally less involved overseas. Hillary Clinton visited another swing state, Pennsylvania, where she screened an ad criticizing Trump’s lack of foreign policy experience — using his own words. Lisa Desjardins reports. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    Ukraine’s political turmoil has again made its way into the general election dialogue here in the U.S. The New York Times reported on Sunday that the name of Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, appears in a ledger documenting payments from a pro-Russian political group now under investigation for corruption. John Yang speaks with Times reporter Andrew Kramer for details. Continue reading

  • August 12, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a U.S. drone attack has killed a top ISIS leader in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. The designated ‘global terrorist’ Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a strike on July 26. Meanwhile, a series of bombings ripped across southern Thailand on Friday. The coordinated strikes targeted popular tourist destinations and left at least four dead and dozens more wounded. Continue reading

  • August 9, 2016  

    Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg Tuesday, a step toward mending ties ruptured last year when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near Syria’s border. Judy Woodruff discusses the turmoil in Turkey with Kemal Kirişci of the Brookings Institution and Henri Barkey of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Continue reading