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Pakistan blast kills American soldiers

Three US soldiers were among 10 people killed when a bomb blast hit a convoy near a school in north-west Pakistan. 70 people were injured in the explosion in Lower Dir. Marco Werman gets the latest from the BBC's Mark Dummet in Islamabad.

Politics

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

For decades, the writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was banned in the Soviet Union. She wrote stories about domestic despair and Soviet censors demanded optimism. Today she's a living legend in Russia. Kiera Feldman reports.

Politics

Polish sound postcards

Even during the Communist days of the 1960s and 70s, Poles managed to get their hands on western pop music. A Donna Summer track, for example, would come in the form of a sound postcard. We hear from Mat Schulz, a collector of Polish sound postcards.

Politics

US missiles and Iran

The Pentagon says it's expanding land and sea-based missile defense systems in and around the Persian Gulf. The moves are intended to counter what the U-S considers a growing missile threat from Iran. The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Politics

Iran opposition plans rally

The Iranian opposition is calling for demonstrations against the government on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The regime has begun executing opponents. Anchor Marco Werman discusses Iranian opposition with Nazila Fathi of the New York Times.

Politics

Haiti update

It's been three weeks since the earthquake struck Haiti and residents there are still struggling to find food and shelter. Some aid distribution problems in Haiti have eased. The BBC's Nick Davis gives us an update from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

Conflict & Justice

Ukraine's top woman

Ukraine is used to strong women, but not necessarily powerful ones. Yulia Tymoshenko? who's running in the presidential runoff this weekend is both. Reporter Brigid McCarthy looks at the Tymoshenko phenomenon.

Politics

McDonald's marks 20 years in Russia

Twenty years ago, Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev was still in power. The Berlin wall had come down. A bright new sign came to Moscow; McDonald's Golden Arches. That was 20 years ago this week. Analyst Masha Lipman reports.