Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

The U.S. marks the official end of its nearly nine-year war in Iraq; European banks are under pressure to alleviate the region's financial crisis; and a Russian billionaire plans to challenge Vladimir Putin for president. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Nearly nine years after America attacked Iraq, the Pentagon declares an official end to its mission there. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked the occasion at a ceremony in Baghdad. The euro inches up against the dollar, but its outlook is clouded by a Standard and Poors ratings threat. Russian President Putin’s approval ratings tank as he faces the largest protests in Moscow since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iran rejects a U.S. request to return a drone that Tehran says it brought down earlier this month. And the U.N. reports 5,000 civilians have died in Syrian government crackdowns. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Guests

David Ignatius

columnist, The Washington Post; contributor to “Post Partisan” blog on washingtonpost.com. His latest book is titled "Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage."

Nadia Bilbassy

senior U.S. correspondent, MBC TV -- Middle East Broadcast Centre.

Robin Harding

U.S. economics editor, The Financial Times.

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