From “American Idol” to “Afghan Star,” art and entertainment can be powerful tools for cultural exchange. That’s the argument in the recent report, “A New Way Forward,” which calls for the utilization of the arts to build a better relationship with the Muslim world.
Iran sidestepped a Friday deadline on a U.N.-drafted agreement that would ship much of the country’s uranium to Russia for enrichment, saying it would prefer instead to buy nuclear fuel from foreign suppliers for a reactor to make medical isotopes. Continue reading
A new U.N. report describes Afghanistan as producing 92 percent of the world’s opium market, feeding 15 million addicts and funding Taliban insurgents and terrorist organizations. Continue reading
A firefight between drug gangs and the downing of a police helicopter in Rio de Janeiro last weekend heightened concerns about the city hosting the Olympic Games in 2016. Seth Kugel of GlobalPost provides an update in this Reporter’s Podcast. Continue reading
A draft deal — up for Iranian approval by Friday — would require Iran to send most of its existing enriched uranium to Russia for processing, in an attempt to delay Tehran’s ability to make a nuclear weapon. Continue reading
PARIS | The complete results of the first vaccine trial to ever show some protection against HIV were released Tuesday, and researchers sought to refute criticism that the study’s results could be weaker than indicated. Continue reading
Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to a runoff election after a U.N. probe determined that the August election was rife with fraud. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
Marcelo Ballve of New America Media has been reporting in Honduras on efforts to resolve political turmoil over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. In this dispatch, he explores the roots of the opposition to Zelaya’s governance. Continue reading