April 2, 2008 At the NATO summit, President Bush wanted a bigger commitment of troops and resources to NATO's operation in Afghanistan, and he wanted to bring more former Soviet-bloc nations into the organization, a move that Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly opposed.
April 1, 2008 There's been no love lost between President Robert Mugabe and a succession of American leaders. The election in Zimbabwe could provide an opportunity for improved relations between the African nation and the United States.
March 12, 2008 On the surface, Iran's elections Friday would seem to have little relevance for anyone except the country's ruling clerics. But some observers say that even a flawed election can show the United States a lot about factions in the Iranian government.
March 12, 2008 Former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra was in exile, mostly in Britain, for the past 17 months after being deposed by the Thai military. He received two very different welcomes upon his return — one from adoring supporters, the other from Thai officials who have charged him with corruption and conflict-of-interest.
March 4, 2008 Dmitri Medvedev won Sunday's presidential election in Russia, and is set to take over as Vladimir Putin's sucesssor. Speculation among Kremlin watchers now is focused on what kind of president Medvedev might be, and what the United States can do to engage him.
February 26, 2008 Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on Feb. 17. The United States and Britain are among the nations that support Kosovar independence. Russia and China oppose it. We address some of the questions raised by the prospect of nationhood for Kosovo.
February 21, 2008 The party of major U.S. ally President Pervez Musharraf lost heavily in Pakistan's parliamentary elections. But some observers say the results could give the United States new options in the struggle against extremist groups.
February 19, 2008 Although Fidel Castro has announced he's giving up his role as Cuba's president, the leader has demonstrated that he doesn't necessarily need a title to exert control over the island nation's government.
February 17, 2008 Pakistan is set to hold elections on Monday that could have far-reaching implications for the U.S. and the struggle against terrorism. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf may find himself saddled with a parliament that could challenge his decade-long rule.
January 31, 2008 The American military is trying to improve conditions at Camp Bucca, a prison camp in southern Iraq, including its family visitation program. They see the effort as an opportunity to win over the most disaffected Iraqis and the people closest to them.
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January 29, 2008 Baghdad may be calmer, but in many outlying areas of Iraq, insurgents pose a persistent threat. One Army unit's offensive against al-Qaida fighters in a village along the Tigris River highlights new efforts to secure rural Iraq.
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January 27, 2008 The U.S. military surge in Iraq has brought American soldiers to parts of the country where they haven't operated much in the past — areas that had become sanctuaries for insurgent groups.
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January 25, 2008 Some of the hardest fighting in Iraq is now taking place in rural areas north of Baghdad, where insurgents are trying to regroup after being forced from the capital. Last week, soldiers from an Army unit had to deal with losing three men in a firefight with insurgents there.
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January 16, 2008 One result of the U.S. troop surge in Iraq is an increase in suspected Iraqi insurgents in U.S. custody. They total nearly 24,000. The U.S. military is trying to figure out how to hold those detainees without allowing the detention camps to become recruiting centers for radical militant groups.
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January 10, 2008 Last year, President Bush sent more U.S. troops to Iraq, hoping the move would help Iraq's army and police take over their own security. In September, a report concluded that Iraqi forces were still dysfunctional. Now, some on the ground say the security forces are improving.
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