Global Scan

Vladimir Putin offers an early Christmas present to a man once considered his biggest rival

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has spent a decade in a Russian prison colony, convicted of tax fraud and other malfeasance. But before he went to jail, he was the richest man in Russia — viewed as a legitimate challenger to Vladimir Putin. Some have speculated it was that threat, more than any misdeeds, that sent him to prison. But Friday, Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky and released him from prison. That and more in today's Global Scan.


Conflict & Justice

Update from Cairo

Tahrir Square continues to be the epicenter of the protests in Egypt, with one of the biggest crowds yet converging on the square. For an update, we hear from the BBC's Jon Leyne.

Conflict & Justice

Egypt: Detained for 36 Hours

At least 75 Egyptian activists and about 30 foreign journalists have reportedly been captured since the protests began, including at least seven people who disappeared last Thursday as they were returning from a meeting with Mohammed El Baradei.

Conflict & Justice

Life on Hold in Cairo

As protests continue into a fifteenth day in Egypt, the Egyptian government has again postponed plans to reopen the country's stock exchange. The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Cairo on the country's uncertain future.


Who is Google's Wael Ghonim?

Google executive Wael Ghonim was released yesterday from Egyptian prison. It turns out that he was one of the main forces behind the Facebook and YouTube campaigns that helped drive protests in Cairo. The Economist's Max Rodenbeck has more.

Conflict & Justice

Growing unrest in Yemen

The political opposition in Yemen is growing, and threatening the stability of the country's long-time leader. The BBC's Natalia Antelava tells anchor Lisa Mullins that protesters in Yemen are hampered by a lack of unity and little access to social me

Conflict & Justice

Egypt: What Happens Next?

Joshua Landis from the University of Oklahoma looks ahead to what may transpire in Egypt, where the revolution continues. Max Rodenbeck, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, has an update and analysis from Cairo.