January 30, 2009 The global economic downturn is triggering strikes and protests in Europe, including a massive general strike in France and roadblocks by farmers in Greece. Economists say it could happen in the U.S., especially if unemployment worsens.
January 28, 2009 The U.S. is considering sending as many as 30,000 additional service personnel to Afghanistan, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate panel on Tuesday that after more than seven years of war, there still is no clear plan for using them.
January 23, 2009 George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke have built careers as bargainers in politics, business and war. Now they'll try to untangle the barbed wire around two of America's biggest foreign-policy problems: Arab-Israeli relations and issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
January 16, 2009 The U.S. has promised to provide technology and training to help find and destroy tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Israel says the tunnels are used to smuggle weapons and explosives to Palestinian militants.
January 15, 2009 Susan Rice, Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, got a warm reception from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing Thursday. Some committee members were less than warm in their feelings toward the U.N.
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January 14, 2009 The Obama administration is likely to face new challenges in deciding what to do with terrorist suspects held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That's especially true in light of the current chief prosecutor's statement that she refused to prosecute a key suspect in the 9/11 terrorist attacks because he had been tortured.
January 13, 2009 As the conflict in Gaza drags into Day 18, no one, including the combatants themselves, knows whether the war is nearing an end or beginning a new, drawn-out and more deadly phase.
January 13, 2009 In prepared remarks at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hillary Clinton says that the new administration would employ what she calls a "smart power" combination of diplomatic activity and military power, with diplomacy in the vanguard.
January 9, 2009 An international effort to disrupt a surge in pirate attacks in some of the world's busiest shipping lanes has led to the capture of would-be high-seas bandits. Now, governments are faced with the vexing legal problem of what to do with them.
January 7, 2009 Photojournalist David Gilkey spoke with Corey Flintoff via telephone Tuesday from Israel. Gilkey had just returned from a reporting trip to Sderot, one of the Israeli towns near the border with Gaza. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
January 6, 2009 Palestinians and Israelis are telling their stories with text messages and social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. Now the mainstream media and the Israeli government are getting into the act.
December 25, 2008 Pirates have commandeered tankers full of oil and even boarded cruise ships to make a buck. But international police forces are hot in pursuit. From aboard a French frigate, a view of the hunt for pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
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December 24, 2008 An international fleet of warships is patrolling off the Somali coast for pirates, which attack merchant ships with speedboats launched from what look like ordinary fishing vessels. Foreign sailors have learned it's not always easy to tell a pirate from a fisherman.
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December 23, 2008 For a week, NPR joined the French warship Premier Maitre L'Her, which has been protecting merchant ships on the vast seas of the Gulf of Aden. The ship has been searching for suspicious vessels, part of an effort to stem a piracy epidemic.
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December 19, 2008 Somali pirates in the waters off the Horn of Africa nation have hijacked more than 40 ships this year, demanding — and often getting — millions of dollars in ransom. The European Union has launched an effort to protect ships in the area.
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