Egypt's president has issued a decree that could clear the way for two Al Jazeera journalists to be released to their home countries.
In Myanmar, a journalist opposed to the country's military government was recently shot dead while in army custody. Renee Montagne talks to Ma Thida, a writer, poet and longtime aid to democracy leader Aung San Suii Kyi. Thida is in the U.S. working with the writer's organization PEN to set up a branch in Myanmar.
President Obama is in Myanmar amid U.S. concerns that the country's progress toward true democracy is not running smoothly.
U.S. and China cut major deal to reduce emissions, but Congress isn't likely to play along. And experts who've parsed the numbers offered by the two countries say it's not enough to keep climate from overheating seriously. On the other hand, it's seen as a benchmark by which governments can be held accountable, and also a nod to companies that are eager to capitalize on renewable energy.
A record-breaking auction was held at Christie's International in New York on Wednesday. The event had been hyped for months, and it attracted some of the world's richest collectors.
Despite all the nice words about working together, the new Republican Congress and the president are hurtling toward a huge confrontation — about immigration. The president is planning to use his executive authority to offer temporary deportation relief to certain groups of immigrants. The Republicans say if he does, all bets are off.
While John Boehner has held the speaker's gavel, it often looked like members of his caucus were in control. With a gain of more than a dozen GOP seats, Boehner might have some more maneuvering room.