April 7, 2011 Shanghai
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman takes a final spin on a Harley-Davidson before packing his bags for the States. The former Utah governor is resigning his post and may rumble into the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. Huntsman first hinted of his interest in the Oval Office to NEWSWEEK this past winter. “I think we may have one final run left in our bones,” he said. That run would pit the easy rider against his former boss, President Barack Obama, which causes some uneasiness in the White House.
In one of the bloodiest attacks on the United Nations in Afghanistan, thousands of protesters—infuriated over a Florida church’s recent burning of a Quran and energized by a crop of fire-tongued mullahs—stormed the U.N. headquarters in this normally peaceful northern city, killing at least a dozen people. Five Afghans were also killed. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the atrocity “outrageous and cowardly.” The U.N. Mission in Afghanistan has more than 1,500 staffers in the country, some 80 percent of whom are Afghan.
Washington, D.C.— Defendant Betty Dukes stands alone on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after oral arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a challenge to her whopping class-action sex-discrimination suit against the mega-retailer. The case, known by Dukes’s supporters as “Betty v. Goliath,” concerns whether female Wal-Mart employees were unfairly denied promotions. It is being heard by a court that has just seen two landmark female appointments. How will the three female justices influence their male peers? We’ll know next fall, when the court rules.