On June 30, 2009, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. The NewsHour has obtained a document in which for the first time since his release, he describes the excruciating circumstances of his five years in captivity. Continue reading
The last vestiges of Yemen’s government crumbled as Shiite Houthi rebels advanced on the city of Aden, offering $100,000 for the capture of the country’s pro-American President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The U.S. State Department said that Hadi left the presidential palace, but there were conflicting reports of where he went. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
In Yemen, Houthi Shiite rebels now control the capital, have spread south and west, and are making an advance on Aden, driving out President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Who will rise to power and how does the turmoil affect the region? Leslie Campbell of the National Democratic Institute joins Judy Woodruff to offer analysis. Continue reading
he hasty maritime departure of Yemen’s U.S.-backed president Wednesday illustrated how completely one of the most important American counterterrorism efforts has disintegrated, leaving the country wide open for what could be a deeply destabilizing proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Continue reading
What do restaurants, gunpowder and paper money have in common? They were all invented in China. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Iraqi government has asked the U.S. to provide airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in Islamic State force in the northern city of Tikrit, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
Former Taliban captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, military officials said Wednesday, an outcome one of his platoon mates called “bittersweet.” Continue reading
The New York Times reported this week that Facebook will start working with news organizations to publish content directly to the social network. Among those currently in talks are Buzzfeed, National Geographic and the New York Times.
Nigeria will hold presidential elections on Saturday, and some Nigerians have expressed fear over continued bloodshed by the Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram, corruption that has come to define Nigerian politics, and basic human issues such as electricity shortages. Continue reading
One of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s most well-received lines in his speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday was his pledge to have Afghanistan stand on its own two feet. “We are not going to be the lazy Uncle Joe,” he said to laughter and applause. Continue reading