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.
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.
After the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Russians are asking themselves why they performed so poorly. Russia, which dominated the Winter Olympics throughout the seventies and eighties as the Soviet Union, finished sixth on this year's medal table. Neave Barker of Al Jazeera English reports from Moscow on anger at Russia's Olympics performance.
In addition to brake problems, Toyota announced today that it will be fixing oil hoses in 1.6 million vehicles around the world, most of them in the U.S. A famous American adage states, "As General Motors goes, so goes the nation." In Japan, many are wondering if the same principle applies to Toyota. Our German partner Deutsche Welle reports from Japan.
Two days after a massive earthquake in Chile, there is now a desperate struggle to find people who may have survived. Officials now say at least 723 people died, and 19 others are missing. For more on the earthquake's impact on the Chilean economy, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Susan Segal, and Mariana Sanchez reports from Chile for Al Jazeera English.
In the Hague, the man accused of presiding over one of Europe's worst cases of genocide since World War II began his defense today. Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, is charged with mass murder at Srebrenica and the destruction of Muslim and Croat villages. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Belinda Cooper.
On Friday, a series of deadly attacks rocked Kabul, the Afghan capital. At least 16 people were killed and several dozen wounded in a four-hour assault that involved two suicide attacks and a car bomb. Martin Savidge interviews Rajan Menon of Lehigh University, and Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera English reports from Kabul.
In our weekly wrap-up of the week's top stories, James Rubin, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the implications of the killing in Dubai and the NATO offensive in Afghanistan.
Worldfocus concludes this week's Indigenous Cultures series with a look at the Aboriginal culture of Australia. As we have seen elsewhere, the remnants of an ancient civilization are being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. In Australia, as Deutsche Welle reports, a history written in the land is in danger of being erased.