The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing for its first free elections since independence in 1960. On Sunday, 33 candidates will be vying for the presidency and another 9,000 for the 500-seat parliament.
President Bush, in St. Petersburg for the G-8 Summit, has recently raised concerns about the direction of Russian democracy.
On the day U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for patience regarding a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq, Democratic senators Biden and Reed discuss possible exit strategies.
In his state of the nation speech Wednesday, President Putin addressed Vice President Cheney's criticisms of Russia's recent record on human rights and democracy as well as other domestic concerns. Two experts discuss the reactions to the exchange of criticisms…
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