As the battle for Marjah goes on, NATO is making plans for an even larger campaign in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city and a center of the Taliban insurgency. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute about the strategy, and Deutsche Welle reports on the legacy of Russia's war in Afghanistan.
Russians considered fast food items to be delicacies back in 1990, when the cuisine first arrived in Moscow. McDonald's opened in the Russian capital 20 years ago, and the company recently marked the anniversary. Oksana Boyko of Russia Today reports how McDonald's was more than just fast food.
Yesterday the Arab League gave the green light for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in four months of indirect peace talks with Israel. Today, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the talks could begin as early as Sunday. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses developments with Martin Fletcher, former Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News.
Watch the full show from Wednesday, March 3: Suicide bombings just days before national elections leave dozens dead in Iraq; a possible breakthrough in the Middle East, as Arab foreign ministers support new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; Greece tries to sell austerity plan; and, Britain's growing cocaine problem.
Even as Iraq prepares for elections, there were three separate suicide bombings in the northeastern provincial capital of Baqouba today that killed at least 30 people. For more on the violence and the upcoming elections, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation. And Anita McNaught reports for Al Jazeera English.
Linguists predict that over half of the almost 7,000 languages currently spoken will disappear by the end of the century. Look at maps of endangered languages around the world, and watch a video of the last speaker of Berbice Dutch.
Arab foreign ministers from 14 nations meeting in Cairo gave Palestinian President Abbas four months to pursue indirect negotiations with Israel. An Israeli government spokesman welcomed the news, saying he hoped Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would resume soon. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Daniel Levy.
The Greek government has imposed new austerity measures, including raising sales taxes and cutting pay for civil servants, to help fix its budgetary crisis. For more on the impact of this major financial issue in the eurozone, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Peter Coy, the economics editor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. And our German partner Deutsche Welle reports.
Watch the full show from Tuesday, March 2: Chile races to rescue survivors, as food and water finally make it to some of those in need; an investigation into the death of the first female British soldier in Afghanistan; the heartbreaking story of Haiti's homeless children; and, the post-Olympics blame game in Russia.
Chile continues to grapple with the aftermath of the massive earthquake which killed some 800 people. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas for more on Chile's capacity to respond to the disaster. Lucía Newman and Teresa Bo report from Chile for Al Jazeera English.