August 30, 2009 Japanese voters ousted the party that's ruled the country for most of the past half-century. The party that's taking power is signaling that it wants changes in its military and economic relations with the U.S.
August 26, 2009 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening to cut off relations with Colombia over a deal in which Colombia would allow the U.S. military to have access to seven Colombian bases. U.S. officials say it's simply an extension of an established anti-narcotics program. Chavez says it's "an act of war."
August 25, 2009 President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah both have roughly 40 percent of the presidential vote with 10 percent of polling stations counted, Afghanistan's election commission says. Both candidates have accused the other of widespread vote fraud. Experts cautioned that the partial returns offer little to go on to predict a winner.
August 23, 2009 Iran says its atoms are for peace, but much of the world worries that the Islamic republic is using its nuclear program to develop bombs. An NPR series this week explores the issue and its implications for the U.S. and the world.
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Men walk to the animal clinic Thursday to vote in Iskazar in northern Afghanistan.
August 20, 2009 Voting was extended by an hour in Afghanistan's presidential election after Taliban threats and militant attacks curbed turnout at polling stations in the militant south Thursday.
A boy and his donkey carry unused ballots across a stream en route to the remote village of Quali Kuana.
August 19, 2009 Afghanistan's second presidential election takes place Thursday amid threats of violence and voter intimidation by the Taliban. Voters will choose from incumbent Hamid Karzai and 36 other candidates, including two women.
August 18, 2009 More than 400 foreign observers, including many from the United States, will try to keep watch on polling places during Thursday's presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan. In a country at war, it's a complicated and potentially dangerous mission.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is welcomed by Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua at the state house in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.
August 12, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells Nigeria's leaders the problems have "eroded the legitimacy of the government" in Africa's largest nation. The U.S. stance is applauded by the ousted head of Nigeria's anti-corruption watchdog agency.
August 11, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited eastern Congo and denounced the use of rape as a weapon of war. She said the U.S. is offering Congo $17 million to combat sexual violence. But to address the problem, analysts say the U.S. must do more to improve Congo's army.
August 11, 2009 A court finds pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of violating her house arrest. But her sentence of three years at hard labor was commuted to 18 additional months under house arrest — likely in response to international pressure. The U.S. and other countries condemned the verdict.
August 7, 2009 Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, thought to be in his 30s, rose to prominence in 2004, when he succeeded another Pashtun tribal leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike. If confirmed, his death could be a significant blow to the Islamist militants linked under his umbrella group.
August 6, 2009 Two American journalists who were pardoned by North Korea have been reunited with their families. Former President Bill Clinton helped gain their release. Now analysts speculate if Clinton's visit created a new opening for North Korea to return to negotiating talks over its nuclear program.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (right) meets with former U.S. President Bill Clinton (unseen) in Pyonggyang, North Korea, Aug. 4.
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August 5, 2009 Former President Bill Clinton's trip brought back more than two American journalists. Analysts say he gathered insight into North Korean President Kim Jong Il and the posture of his shadowy regime.
August 4, 2009 Former President Clinton's diplomatic mission to North Korea secured the release of two U.S. journalists held by the isolated communist regime. But critics say the trip handed a propaganda coup to Pyongyang and risked undermining broader U.S. efforts against the aspiring nuclear power.
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August 4, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit seven African nations, ranging from some of the continent's most stable countries to active conflict zones. She'll seek to rebuild relationships with some African governments and deliver tough messages to others.
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