Iran is holding a much-anticipated presidential election on Friday in which the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is being challenged by a more pro-Western reformer. Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discusses the election and what it may mean for the United States.
The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau has agreed to accept 17 Chinese Muslims, members of an ethnic group known as Uighurs, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. may reportedly give Palau up to $200 million dollars in exchange for accepting the detainees.
In Africa, several governments have implemented male circumcision as part of their AIDS prevention strategies. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Cameroon who works to fight HIV/AIDS discusses the dangers of relying extensively on circumcision, given widespread rumors and misinformation.
Worldfocus producer Bryan Myers is currently reporting from Turkey. He writes from Istanbul about the country's love for one of its most famed figures, Kemal Ataturk, who appears on everything from office buildings to lapel pins and souvenirs.
On Friday, tens of thousands of South Koreans lined the streets for the funeral of their former president, Roh Moo-hyun, who committed suicide. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about experiencing the shared grief of the country.
U.S. President Obama's upcoming speech to the Muslim world in Cairo has been highly anticipated and generated controversy over everything from the location to what the president may say about Israel and the Palestinians. But Egyptians are working hard to make their capital picture-perfect, right down to the street level.
Under pressure from the U.S., Israel has begun dismantling small settler outposts built in the West Bank without formal government authorization. Worldfocus partner The Media Line reports on the rising tensions from one tiny settlement outpost, built illegally by a small group of Jews.
By 1990, it was no longer compulsory to learn Russian in Hungary. Students celebrated, no longer forced to learn the "language of oppression." But fast-forward to 2009, and Hungary is facing a foreign language gap, writes a Worldfocus contributing blogger.
On Monday, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian workers in one town on the West Bank as a protest against the removal of several settler squatter camps by the government. Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, discusses how people in his city view the settlement movement in the West Bank and Tel Aviv's efforts to promote coexistence.
Approximately 50 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Mexico writes about facing masked guerillas and tear gas in a survival training session for journalists.