Friday News Roundup - Hour 2

Guest Host:

Steve Roberts
Friday News Roundup - Hour 2

President Obama declared his opposition to the Palestinian Authority's bid for a U.N. vote on statehood; Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the U.N. a day after the release of two American hikers it had held for two years on spying charges; and thousands of Greek public-transport workers walked off the job Thursday in a 24-hour strike over austerity reforms. A panel of journalists joins guest host Steve Roberts for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The prospect of a Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership put the U.S. between a rock and a hard place; Pakistan reacted angrily to suggestions it supported attacks on the U.S. embassy in Kabul; a former president of Afghanistan was assassinated dashing hopes for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban; two hikers held by Iran for over two years on the suspicion of spying were released; and as Europe’s debt crisis continued, Greece introduced further austerity measures as it struggled to stave off bankruptcy.


Moises Naim

chief international columnist, El Pais.

Courtney Kube

national security producer for NBC News.

Richard McGregor

Washington bureau chief, The Financial Times.

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