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.
Eight Other Pending Executions in Iran
News of the imminent stoning of one Iranian woman for alleged adultery galvanized a global movement to save her. But sadly, her case was not an anomaly.
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.
The World's Greatest Spy Capers
And you thought the Dubai assassination was bad-ass.
Hedge Funds: The Next Big Headache for Obama?
The president is gearing up to revise financial regulations on Wall Street, but he's largely ignoring the less than transparent world of hedge funds.
The U.N.'s Confusion Over Sudan's Omar al-Bashir
On the one hand, the United Nations wants to prosecute Sudan's president for war crimes. On the other, it wants the whole thing just to go away. Why can't Turtle Bay make up its mind?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
What It's Like to Fly Through Volcanic Ash
A veteran pilot talks about what it's like to fly through volcanic ash, and how dangerous the plumes can be for airplanes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The WikiLeaks Attack: Was It Illegal?
Appallingly, a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad killed the wrong people. But was it illegal?
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.