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For airline passengers bound for the US, it was a holiday season of delays, cancellations and military-jet escorts. At airports, there were armed guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, and body searches. Starting today, foreign visitors--who account for only 24 million of 500 million annual entries--will be fingerprinted and photographed in an attempt to stifle the terrorist threats to commercial aviation that appear to be likely for years to come. Is intelligence information good enough to justify all the disruption? Will the counter-measures work? What will fear of attack and inconvenience mean for the airlines, already struggling economically to keep their planes in the air? Can the airline industry survive the war on terror? We speak with journalists and airline management experts.
  • Making News: Leaders of India, Pakistan Break Two-Year Deadlock and Talk
    For the first time in two years, the leaders of India and Pakistan have met face to face. It-s the latest indication that relations are improving between nuclear powers that were on the brink of another war just months ago. George Perkovich, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of India-s Nuclear Bomb, assesses the potential significance of the ice-breaking meeting.
  • Reporter's Notebook: A 'Spirited' Mars Landing
    After a series of disappointments, NASA-s latest expedition to Mars is beginning in textbook fashion. On its first full day on the Red Planet, the robot called Spirit has locked in on Earth with its most powerful antenna. Dan McCleese, chief scientist of the Mars Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, says scientists are eager to begin studying images and data from "another perfect day on Mars."

Associated Press article on India-Pakistan meeting

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International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Transportation Security Administration

US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology System (US-VISIT)

Mars Exploration Project

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