United Nations election monitors certified the landslide victory of long-time resistance leader Xanana Gusmao in East Timor's first presidential election. The vote is one of the final steps towards the full independence of the half-island region.
Despite six days of diplomacy, Secretary of State Colin Powell left the Middle East Wednesday without an agreement on how to end 18 months of bloodshed, however the Bush administration did commit to continue working towards peace in the region.
Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke with reporters before leaving Israel on Wednesday. The following is a transcript of that press conference.
NewsHour historians discuss the American president's challenging role in the Middle East conflict.
Three experts assess Secretary Powell's mission, and the Bush Administration's efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.
Residents of the tiny half-island territory of East Timor voted overwhelmingly last weekend for a popular independence leader to become their first elected president.
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S Supreme Court Tuesday struck down a congressional ban that made it a crime to distribute or possess computer-generated images of minors engaged in sexual acts.
Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed guarded optimism that Israelis and Palestinians might be able to agree on a troop withdrawal and a cessation of violence before he leaves the region on Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Vanessa Leggett, the Houston-based writer who spent 168 days in prison for refusing to turn over her interviews about a Texas murder case to a federal grand jury.
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri discusses the prospects for regional peace in the Middle East on the eve of his meeting with President Bush.
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