Russia’s central bank hiked a key interest rate nearly 7 points overnight in a dramatic move to stabilize the economy. The ruble has lost 60 percent of its value since January, and Russians have been feeling the economic pinch of inflation. Jeffrey Brown reports how the falling price of oil and Western sanctions have hurt the Russian economy. Continue reading
To examine the roots of Russian economic vulnerability and the potential implications for Russia and other countries, Jeffrey Brown gets analysis from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Eswar Prasad of Cornell University. Continue reading
This year’s Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 6,800 people, according to the World Health Organization. “If you leave a single case untreated and then if you let that transmission continue, it could explode again,” Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, tells the NewsHour. Kim joins Judy Woodruff to discuss challenges of wiping out the disease. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The three teenage girls from Colorado swapped Twitter messages about marriage and religion with recruiters for the Islamic State group, then set out for Syria with passports and thousands of dollars in stolen cash. Authorities intercepted them in Germany, then returned them to their families without criminal charges. Continue reading
Taliban militants entered an army-run school in Peshawar, northwestern Pakistan, on Tuesday morning and shot dozens of students as they tried to flee to safety. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, Palestinian officials announced a decision to make a new bid for statehood at the UN Security Council and to try to force Israel to give up the West Bank. Also, more than 3,000 rescuers searched through the wreckage of mudslide in central Indonesia. The death toll rose to 56, while more than 50 others remain missing. Continue reading
Australian police stormed a cafe in Sydney where a lone gunman had held several hostages for hours, ending the siege with heavy gunfire. Two hostages were killed, in addition to the suspect. Judy Woodruff learns more from Sydney-based journalist Stuart Cohen, and chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner offers a read on how U.S. intelligence officials are interpreting the attack. Continue reading
Shortly after Man Haron Monisa — a Muslim man — was identified as the suspect who held more than a dozen people hostage in a Sydney cafe Monday, the hashtag #illridewithyou started trending in Australia, and soon elsewhere, in solidarity with Muslims.