While some French cycling professionals welcomed the US Anti-Doping Agency's announcement others feel that this is a sad day for cycling.
Fabrice Jouhaud of L'Equipe, France's largest daily sports newspaper-says the news has not surprised anyone there.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Nasser Weddady of the American Islamic Congress about the recent violence in the Arab world. Through Twitter, Facebook and blogs, Weddady helped train a core group of activists who led last year's Arab Spring.
The World's Marco Werman speaks with staff from the BBC's Persian Service about why the US election is so important for Iran. Pooneh Ghoddoosi is a host at the BBC Persian Service; Amir Azimi, who speaks first, is News Editor.
The civil war in Syria is closing in on the capital, Damascus. There have been a series of bomb attacks in and around the city this week. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with freelance reporter, Mikel Ayestaran, who left Damascus on Thursday.