George Mitchell is resigning as the Obama administration's point man for Mideast peace talks, after failing to sustain direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement comes just days before the president meets with two Mideast leaders in Washington.
Saturday marks a historic day for Haiti. For the first time in the country's history, presidential power is being handed over peacefully. President Rene Preval will be succeeded by Michel Martelly, a retired-musician-turned-politician. Martelly will also be Haiti's first head of state elected since last year's catastrophic earthquake. Robert Siegel talks with Jacqueline Charles, the Miami Herald's Caribbean correspondent.
The reconciliation agreement between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas is already having an impact in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. After a childhood dominated by misery and war, Yusef Ali is finally daring to hope. The winds of change that came with the Arab spring have swept into the benighted pocket of coastal desert in which he's been trapped for his whole life. Ali's only 27, yet he's spent the last four years living like a pensioner. He's been paid — but he's banned from working, because he's a soldier in the Palestinian Presidential Guard.
A recent gift to Florida State University is once again raising questions about what kinds of strings donors can attach to their gifts. Big donors say they are just trying to ensure that universities expand their research, but many faculty feel that schools strapped for money are agreeing to unacceptable conditions.
Robert Siegel talks to Michael Greenburg about his book, "The Mad Bomber of New York." It's the story of George Metesky who anonymously left many bombs around the city in the post-war era. Between 1940 and 1957, he placed 33 bombs in busy areas of the city — phone booths, restrooms, movie theaters. The NYPD called the search for the perp "the greatest manhunt in the history of the police department." In the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, we recall this earlier episode of a man who brought chaos and anger to the Big Apple.
Back in December, international soccer's governing body, FIFA chose Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, respectively. And along with FIFA's decisions came allegations of bribery and other misconduct. This week, the accusations against FIFA rose to a new level. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about the latest.
On college campuses, the outlook for new grads is better than it's been for the past couple of years — with starting salaries averaging about $50,000. Still, for many students — especially those without technical skills or a business background — landing a good job remains tough.