Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim interviews Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s Ambassador to the U.N. They discuss Yemen's battle against al-Qaeda in light of its own internal difficulties, as well as the failed Christmas day bomb attempt by a Nigerian man who had lived in Yemen.
An aftershock hit Haiti as the country tries to recover from last week's 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Wednesday's aftershock registered a 5.9 magnitude, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince. Reports and blogs are coming from around the world on the crisis in Haiti and the global impact.
Worldfocus spoke to Margaret Aguirre of the International Medical Corps, who is on the ground in Haiti, about the organization's work there. Aid workers are struggling to provide healthcare and safeguard against crippling disease as the aftermath of the disaster drags into its second week.
In Haiti, the highest-ranking U.S. general on the ground, Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, described the destruction as being of "epic proportions." Bill Clinton, U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti, arrived in the capital to help with the relief effort, as local authorities struggled to maintain control. Worldfocus speaks with Dominic MacSorley, who in Port-au-Prince with Concern Worldwide.
In the immediate aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Twitter and other social media sites provided the means for some of the first information about the situation on the ground. Professor Sree Sreenivasan of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and contributing editor at dnainfo.com discusses the impact of new media with Daljit Dhaliwal.
Margaret Aguirre of the International Medical Corps is on the ground in Haiti. In this phone interview, she describes the scene there, as their team works to provide medical care in an environment of extreme hardship that includes piles of corpses 50 feet away from the command post.
One-third of Haiti's population may be in need of help. Port-au-Prince's airport is the hub for humanitarian aid arriving from overseas -- supplies as well as rescue teams. Worldfocus spoke with Laura Blank, who just arrived to work with relief group World Vision. Watch our audio slideshow with Laura's observations about the situation and photos from around the capital.
Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake will exacerbate conditions for residents of Haiti, where around 80 percent of 9 million people live below the poverty line. Buildings in Port-au-Prince have suffered extensive damage, while water and electricity are near collapse. See footage of the collapsed U.N. headquarters, and watch Al Jazeera English analysis of the quake.
In 2009, the U.S. launched at least 50 missile strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives in northwest Pakistan. While drone attacks are more frequent than ever before, there is wide disagreement about civilian deaths. View our interactive map of Pakistan drone attack locations since 2004.
Worldfocus presents highlights from our Blogwatch section, as well as other web feature articles. This year saw many significant events -- ranging from great recession to the post-presidential election protests in Iran. Read our top 10 web articles from 2009, about Dubai, cartoon porn and Ogadeni militants.