Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, center, is greeted by lawyers in Islamabad, Pakistan, after the government announced to reinstate him, on Mar. 16, 2009. Pakistan's longest-serving chief justice challenged the status quo and fought to chart a more assertive and independent course for the country's judiciary.
He defied a military dictator, sacked a prime minister, and persistently called generals and intelligence chiefs to account. He sought to assert the rights of the impoverished multitude. Iftikhar Chaudhry, and his push for a more independent judiciary, changed the balance of power in his turbulent nation.
Ireland has made a concerted effort to grow its tech industry, through tax incentives and development programs. Officials credit the initiative with helping uplift the country's economy. But the country has also faces local and international criticism for its approach.
December 11, 2013 Twenty-four items sold for $530,000 this week in Paris. The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation turned out to be the buyer, and says it stepped in after a French court rejected efforts to halt the auction.
December 11, 2013 Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, calling him "The People's Pope." Francis has called on the Roman Catholic Church leadership to emphasize compassion and prioritize caring for the poor. Host Michel Martin speaks to a panel of Catholic leaders to hear their thoughts on Pope Francis.
December 11, 2013 The U.S. is suspending non-lethal aid because of infighting among the various factions opposed to President Bashar Assad. The rebel Free Syrian Army, which has lost ground in recent days to an Islamist group, criticized the decision. the U.K. also has reportedly decided to halt aid.