In her new short story collection, “The Thing Around Your Neck,” Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moves back and forth between two continents the way she has in real life.
In Iran, the presidential election is turning into a contest with several contenders seeking to unseat the current leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the political mood of Tehran in the lead-up to Friday’s election. Continue reading
A North Korean court convicted two U.S. reporters of entering the country illegally Monday and sentenced them to 12 years in a labor camp. A professor and the former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea discuss the situation. Continue reading
In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court said Monday that FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft can’t face a lawsuit launched by a former terrorism detainee. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal recaps the ruling and other court moves. Continue reading
In other news, officials in Afghanistan said coalition air strikes killed at least 30 civilians on Monday, and police in Turkey arrested 11 people charged with carrying out a massacre at a wedding party. Continue reading
A program that helps Ugandans sell beads in America has brought hundreds of families out of extreme poverty through a woman-to-woman network focused on sales at house parties and a Web store. Spencer Michels reports on the program and the people it helps. Continue reading
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday signed a measure imposing Islamic law in the country’s northwestern Swat Valley as part of a deal to end two years of fighting with pro-Taliban militants in the region. Continue reading