Yulia Tymoshenko went from being Ukraine's prime minister to a prisoner, convicted of abuse of power last October. But her supporters say she is the victim of a political vendetta, and her daughter came to Washington, where she had access to top government officials as she fights for her mother's release.
Fighting between rebel forces and the Syrian government has been taking place in many areas, including the eastern suburbs of Damascus. The rebels actually took control of some suburbs, but a visit by a journalist found that the government forces had regained control after fighting that caused considerable damage.
Violent protests continued for a second day in Egypt in response to the deadly riot at a soccer match earlier this week. Many of the protesters claim authorities chose not to stop the soccer riots as retaliation against fan groups — known as Ultras — who had a hand in the country's political uprisings last year. Melissa Block talks with Adel Iskandar, Lecturer in media studies at Georgetown University, about the role of the Ultra football fan clubs in Egypt's politics.
Two decades after communist rule ended in Russia, dissatisfaction with Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party is growing. Now, the Communist Party is trying to capitalize on the political ferment, especially among the young. But some say the party's Soviet-era leader is an impediment.
The surprise announcement that the U.S. and the Taliban could soon begin peace talks in Qatar may have increased the chances of a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. But some Afghans wonder whether such talks are about stabilizing Afghanistan — or just helping U.S. troops leave.
NBC News and al-Jazeera are reporting that police in Egypt say two American women and an Egyptian tour guide have been released by gunmen who kidnapped them earlier today near the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
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