Last year marked two decades of Vladimir Putin in power in Russia. Here are the events that have shaped — or been shaped — by the former KGB officer.

Inveneo, a San Francisco start-up, is taking an innovative approach to bringing computers and Internet access to the developing world.
The Dalai Lama called for a special meeting of Tibetan exiles after eight rounds of meetings with China have ended in an impasse.
With nearly 40 million diabetics and growing, China faces a raging health epidemic -- the coming impact the disease will have on the country.
A Saudi-owned oil tanker loaded with $100 million dollars worth of crude oil destined for the U.S. was seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Hear from a young singer whose geographic personality is split between Paris, London and New York. But, she can't shake her French-ness.
The Iraqi cabinet has approved a security pact with the U.S. that could mean American troops could leave Iraq by the end of 2011.
Energy analyst Michael Klare says the world's largest oil fields are running out of oil at twice the rate that we'd previously assumed.
Leaders of the world's 20 largest economies will gather in Washington to discuss the global financial crisis.
HealthMap -- a project funded by Google -- scours the web to gather data that could give advance warning of a health crisis.
South African legend Miriam Makeba has died. We revisit Makeba's historic speech to the UN in 1963 in which she pleaded with world leaders to help South Africans defeat apartheid.

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