Michael McFaul has been a key figure in the Obama administration's attempt to reset relations with Russia. Now he has become the ambassador, but relations with Moscow are still rocky as the countries differ on several big issues.
Poetry and other art forms have been integral to the "Peace with Justice and Dignity" movement. Poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was murdered by members of a drug cartel, says the poet has a moral responsibility to tell these stories.
The case of Wu Ying, a young Chinese woman sentenced to death for defrauding investors of 770 million yuan ($122 million), is headed to China's Supreme Court, after Wu lost her appeal of her sentence late this week.
Colombia's intelligence agency has been accused of widespread wrongdoing, from illegal wiretapping to selling classified information to drug lords. Now it's being shut down. But questions remain about what to do with the intelligence it gathered.
The Israeli and Saudi hackers have picked on stock exchanges and airlines, releasing credit card information. So far, it appears only a small number of hackers have been involved on either side, but there are concerns that the scale of the attacks could escalate.
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