December 27, 2007 Benazir Bhutto, the woman who took up the mantle of her executed father to twice lead Pakistan as prime minister, was cut down on the campaign trail where she hoped to win leadership again and redeem years in exile. She was 54.
December 22, 2007 Backers of an elected Thai government lead by exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, which was thrown out by a military coup last year, have the chance to surge back into office on a wave of strong voter turnout.
December 20, 2007 Despite revived corruption allegations, Lee Myung-bak scored high in the country's presidential race, largely on the basis of promises to boost the country's sluggish economy.
December 20, 2007 Jacob Zuma, the new head of South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, wore a broad smile recently as he accepted congratulations from his main rival for the job, South African President Thabo Mbeki. But it's unclear whether the civility will continue.
December 18, 2007 Kenya is set to choose its next president and other political leaders Dec. 27. The choice for president may come down to a battle between the incumbent and the main opposition candidate. Here's more on the elections and the issues at stake.
December 14, 2007 The African National Congress is undergoing a fierce power struggle, as veterans of the fight against apartheid vie for control of the party and of the South African government. The group led black resistance to the country's white-minority government throughout much of the 20th century.
December 14, 2007 The Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision to tighten regulations on security contractors abroad, has reached President Bush's desk. Bush's decision on whether to sign the bill will affect companies like Blackwater Worldwide.
December 12, 2007 Aid meant to combat poverty in Africa has been complicated by corruption among political leaders, leading some to question if it hurts more than it helps. Six experts debate the topic in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.
December 11, 2007 Medvedev is seen as presenting a friendlier public face than many of the former security officers in top Kremlin positions — and potentially more susceptible to Putin's control than others once considered contenders for the position.
December 6, 2007 A National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran stopped work on its nuclear bomb project in 2003 — which contradicted an earlier report on the subject — was made public this week. Here's a breakdown of the makeup of an NIE.
December 6, 2007 Even though South Africa isn't scheduled to hold a presidential election until 2009, the results could be decided this month. The ruling African National Congress party is holding its leadership election in December, and the leader of the ANC is virtually guaranteed to win the South African presidency.
December 6, 2007 The former soldier has been a polarizing figure in both domestic and foreign arenas, clashing with business interests at home and with the United States and other leading industrial nations abroad.
December 5, 2007 The new National Intelligence Estimate is raising questions about what the White House knew — and when. The estimate judged that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. President Bush has recently portrayed Iran as a nuclear threat and pressed for international sanctions.
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December 4, 2007 The controversy over Iran's nuclear program is complicated by the fact that, although Iran said it had stopped researching nuclear weapons, it defied the United Nations by resuming an effort to enrich uranium. A timeline highlights key points since 2003.
November 26, 2007 Sharif, who returned to Pakistan this week, joins former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a triangular power struggle with Pakistan's military dictator, President Pervez Musharraf.
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