Microsoft's Russian Spy Was Greasy, Foreign, and Loved Snickers

Alexey Karetnikov, the 23-year-old Russian spy at Microsoft busted last week, was "very oily" and "very Russian," according to a fellow dorm resident who lived near him in Microsoft's corporate housing complex. In an e-mail exchange with NEWSWEEK, the neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said Karetnikov spoke surprisingly poor English, but was "sophisticated" and knew a lot about Microsoft.

Sherrod Firing Shows Federal Overreaction on Race Issues

Less than a day after she was forced to resign from her job as a state-level USDA director following the discovery of a video that purportedly showed her recalling racist behavior toward a white farmer, the tide is already turning for Shirley Sherrod.

Bombs in Uganda Signal the Arrival of Jihad

The Uganda bomb, which killed 74 at World Cup parties, may signal a new theater for Islamist terrorism. African jihadists are planning operations from the confines of the Horn, where their movement is strongest, in those countries they believe to support Somali peacekeeping forces.

Iranian Woman Will Not Be Stoned, May Still Be Killed

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman whose impending execution ignited worldwide outrage this week, will not be stoned to death, the Iranian Embassy in London told reporters on Thursday. She could, however, still face death by other means such as hanging.

How BP and the Oil Industry Got Into Such a Mess

With the release of his new book, investigative journalist Tom Bower gives us a glimpse of what the oil spill debacle must look like from the boardroom. NEWSWEEK chatted with Bower about how the industry got itself into this mess, and where it might be headed next.

Security Council OKs Sanctions Against Iran

The vote represents a long-sought victory for U.S. diplomacy, but don't pop the champagne just yet. Months of heated negotiations watered down the resolution, meaning the new restrictions squeeze Iran only modestly more than the previous round of sanctions.

Korean Joint Exercises: Saber Rattling or Just Diplomacy by Other Means?

In the half-century-old conflict on the Korean peninsula, there have been countless ebbs and flows of tensions. Presently, it's flow time. South Korea and the United States are reportedly set to stage a large-scale naval exercise next week in the Yellow Sea, where North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean warship, Cheonan, about two months ago.

Greetings From Afghanistan: Send More Ammo

Capt. Benjamin Tupper was deployed to the front lines in Afghanistan as part of an Embedded Training Team tasked with training the ramshackle Afghan National Army. He's simultaneously faithful to the mission and critical of its execution.

Pakistan to the Internets: Shut Up!

What happens when the president of Pakistan awkwardly interrupts a stump speech to lean to the side of his podium and sneer "Shut up" at a group of noisy spectators below? The Internet happens, of course; every smart-ass with a Youtube account promptly gets to work setting Zardari's deliciously unfortunate gaffe to pop music, in loop. But then Pakistan's government happens right back,  shutting down the entire video-sharing site for hours to keep news of the gaffe from spreading.Four...

Iran Sanctions Watch: The Morning-After Effect

Yesterday we wondered how much confidence Hillary Clinton really had in her Russian and Chinese support when she announced that all five permanent members of the Security Council were prepared to back a sanctions resolution. Today, we shake off the celebratory adrenaline and reexamine. To begin, we bring you a starter-kit video on the U.N. sanctions process, distilling all the foot-dragging and finger-pointing associated with the multiyear effort to curtail Iran's nukes program into an...

Iran Sanctions Watch: Can't Read Clinton's Poker Face

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall of Hillary Clinton's office over the past 24 hours. Or rather, a bug on her phone. This morning, Clinton announced that the Obama administration had finally struck a deal with the major powers on the U.N. Security Council—Britain, France, Russia, and China—to impose a new round of U.N. sanctions on Iran. Flanked by military brass, she told a Senate committee that today she would be sending a draft resolution to the Security Council for consultations, also...

Thai Protests Escalate in Bangkok "War Zone"

The streets of Bangkok devolved into violence over the weekend as soldiers launched a crackdown on red shirt protesters, bringing the official death toll since Thursday to 35 in Thailand's deadliest conflict in two decades. The Washington Post described conditions in downtown Bangkok as a "war zone."The protests have been ongoing since March, but the new outburst of chaos was prompted by the assassination on Thursday of renegade general Khattiya Sawatdithol, who sided with the mostly rural...

Karzai's Notably Un-Notable Visit to Washington

If Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington has been at all noteworthy, it is only because nothing even remotely notable has happened at all. And for that, everyone involved is probably breathing a sigh of relief.The Afghan president came to Washington to repair ties in a relationship that has seemed to crumble over the course of the year. A quick refresher: the U.S. has criticized Karzai for turning a blind eye to corruption and drug trafficking within his government. Karzai, in turn, has...

Toodles, Gordon: UK's Brown to Step Down in September

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered to resign as the head of the Labour Party today, sweetening Labour's offer to the Liberal Democrats of a forging a "progressive coalition." Both Labour and the Tories are courting the third-party kingmakers, since none of the top three parties earned enough votes in last week's elections to govern on its own. In his speech, Brown said he decided to resign in the interest of "stable and principled government," which he believes can be best...

Gulf Oil Spill: Containment Dome Drops; New Orleanians Stock Up on Seafood

At last, it's here: after more than two weeks of waiting, the eerie pinkish-orange foam mixture of seawater and crude oil that has been creeping ominously closer to has now begun to wash ashore the barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana. It lapped up Thursday onto the Chandeleur Islands and New Harbor Island, both national wildlife refuges, and has now also been spotted at Freemason Island. The gooey substance apparently looks like soggy cornflakes, probably due to the dispersant...

Constitutional Limbo Ends With Nigerian President's Death

The succession drama consuming Nigeria just closed a chapter today: 58-year-old President Umaru Yar'Adua, hospitalized since November due to heart problems, has died. A former chemist and businessman, Yar'Adua entered politics in 1999, then went on to become Nigeria's first university-educated president in a landslide victory in 2007. While he pledged to stamp out corruption and pursue free-market reforms, Yar'Adua's time in office was marked by difficulties. Accusations of...

Why the U.N. Nukes Conference Is Already Bad for Iran

After a week of oil spillage and Times Square terrorism, Barack Obama could probably use a breakthrough. He might have gotten a glimpse of one yesterday at the United Nations.More than 180 countries are convening this month for the eighth review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Cold War agreement that determines the world's nuclear haves and have-nots. Predictably enough, such gatherings are usually rife with friction. Nonnuclear states argue that major powers...

As Oil Spill Worsens, Questions Emerge on Obama Policy

Earlier this week, the working estimate on leakage from the BP rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico was 1,000 barrels of oil each day. That changed Wednesday night, when Coast Guard and BP officials announced they had discovered a brand-new leak, upping the estimate to 5,000 barrels a day gushing into the water off the coast of Louisiana. Depending on the wind patterns, the 100-mile-wide slick could push into the coast as soon as Friday night, hitting the environmentally sensitive Mississippi...

Revamping PEPFAR Causes Concern in Africa

But today, despite treating 32,000 AIDS patients, he does not have a message of success. Instead, he was back in Washington in March, this time to warn that the stagnation of PEPFAR funding is beginning to "result in chaos."

In Western China Earthquake, Ghosts of Sichuan Loom

At least 400 people are dead after six earthquakes struck this morning in western China's Yushu County, a barren and mountainous area of Qinghai province mostly populated by ethnic Tibetans. In Jiegu, the county seat, about 90 percent of houses were destroyed. The Chinese government is rushing coats, blankets, and temporary housing to the region, where nighttime temperatures reach below freezing, but transport of equipment and materials is proving difficult. Under normal circumstances in...

Poland's President Kaczynski: Flying in the Face of Danger?

Russian authorities begin to examine the crash site. (Maxim Malinovsky/ AFP-Getty Images) The Russian-made Tupolev Tu-154 that wiped out Poland's leadership this weekend is hardly the first aircraft of its kind to have wreaked havoc on a nation. It is a creaky old Soviet-era aircraft, designed in the mid-1960s, responsible for a huge raft of crashes, often in bad weather. Usually, this is blamed on the age of the fleet; former Polish prime minister Leszek Miller (a helicopter-crash survivor...

The Beef in Kyrgyzstan, Vol. II: Russian Edition

After a day of bloody riots and chaotic looting, the dust seems to have settled in Kyrgyzstan today. That's not to say the fat lady has sung; ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev told the BBC that he was still in southern Kyrgyzstan and had "no plans" to leave. But even he admits that he doesn't "have any real levers of power." In the meantime, city-service employees in Bishkek are going about the business of cleaning the capital, while residents stroll through the city surveying...

The Multiple Beefs Behind the Kyrgyz Government Overthrow

Protestors overran Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, forcing the country's president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, to evacuate the capital city of Bishkek on his presidential plane. Police fired bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades into the crowds, killing 41 people (opposition leaders say the toll is much higher, perhaps 100). The protesters, for their part, have bloodied the cops by hurling rocks, brandishing sticks, overturning vehicles, and crashing vans through gates. The opposition succeeded in...

The WikiLeaks Report, Civilian Deaths, and 'Indiscriminate' Attacks

WARNING: VIDEO SHOWS GRAPHIC CONTENT. WikiLeaks is out today with footage showing a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 that killed 12 people, including two Reuters staffers, and injured two children. The video, shown above, is graphic and incriminating; U.S. forces can be heard joking and laughing while mowing down men dressed in plain clothing, after seemingly confusing the journalists' cameras for weapons. They later fire upon a van that has come to pick up the wounded. The...

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