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Katty Kay, BBC World News

Katty Kay Presenter, BBC World News

This is the place for my take on what's happening in the corridors of power in Washington and beyond

Monopoly's hidden history: invented by a woman?

  • 23 February 2015
  • From the section Magazine

Like millions of people around the world, I grew up addicted to Monopoly - vying with my siblings to buy Park Avenue and avoid being sent to jail. My story is familiar to many. Not so familiar is the origin of the game.

The tale many of us heard was that an unemployed salesman struck it rich when he invented Monopoly during the Great Depression,

In fact, the real genius behind this much-beloved past time was a woman - who invented decades earlier - as author Mary Pilon reveals in her new book.

Pilon, author of the Monopolists, spoke to me on the set of World News America about the board game we both grew up playing.

Read full article Monopoly's hidden history: invented by a woman?

Ukraine crisis: How to 'sweet-talk' Putin

It's high time the Ukrainians got better military advice - that's the advice of Bill Richardson, America's former Ambassador to the UN and uber global negotiator.

Mr Richardson doesn't think there's much chance we'll see UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine because Russia would veto such a move in the Security Council. But he does think monitors of some sort, maybe from the OSCE, would be a good idea.

Read full article Ukraine crisis: How to 'sweet-talk' Putin

Ukraine crisis: Senator encourages more US support

If you needed further evidence of the pressure that US President Barack Obama is under to send arms to the Ukrainian government, just listen to my interview with Senator Joe Manchin.

He spoke to me as Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders were meeting in Minsk to discuss a truce between Russia and Ukraine.

Read full article Ukraine crisis: Senator encourages more US support

Is an American university degree worth the cost?

Nowhere in the world does it cost as much to go to university as it does in the US. Some private universities here cost more than $50,000 (£38,000) per year just for tuition, and that doesn't cover accommodation, food, or even books (remember those?).

I wanted to find whether an American degree is worth it. What do those exorbitant fees actually buy you?

Read full article Is an American university degree worth the cost?

Syria conflict: The twin challenge of IS and Assad

Syria's President Assad seemed calm and confident in his interview with the BBC - that was the conclusion of Richard Haass, former State Department official and President of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Assad does not look like a man who fears he's about to lose his position. But as long as he's there, Mr Haass told me, it's a real problem for the coalition because several coalition members see Mr Assad almost as a big a problem as Islamic State.

Read full article Syria conflict: The twin challenge of IS and Assad

Jordan pilot death 'will be avenged'

Jordan is likely to retaliate - and soon - for the horrendous murder of its pilot by IS.

The country's former foreign minister, Marwan Muasher, told me he wouldn't be surprised if convicted IS terrorists being held by Jordan would be put to death in the next few days.

Read full article Jordan pilot death 'will be avenged'

US 'should change position' on arming Ukraine

A group of senior foreign policy experts is pushing the White House to arm Ukrainian forces with lethal weapons because of the recent surge in fighting in the east of the country.

This would be a significant policy shift for the White House which has so far opposed sending what's known as "lethal aid" (read weapons) to Kiev because it didn't want to risk escalating the situation there.

Read full article US 'should change position' on arming Ukraine

Obama in India: Why president's visit is also about China

Obama and Modi

America's former Ambassador to India says China is watching President Obama's visit to Delhi "through a microscope".

Tim Roemer believes that with a bit more foreign policy confidence, India can play a useful role in balancing power in Asia. Translated, that means America is keen to have a counter to China's clout and is wooing India to play that role.

Read full article Obama in India: Why president's visit is also about China

US political process 'not working'

The United States is a country founded on the ideal of freedom and equality, values later underlined by key historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.

But democracy needs structure to work, in the form of laws and policies.

Read full article US political process 'not working'

CDC boss: Zero Ebola cases possible in West Africa

America's top infectious diseases official says he thinks we can get to "zero cases" of Ebola in West Africa.

In our interview today, Dr Tom Frieden was keen to stress to me that he was optimistic, not confident, that this could be achieved - saying on a recent trip to the region he saw a lot of improvement.

Read full article CDC boss: Zero Ebola cases possible in West Africa

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About Katty

Katty's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she filed radio reports for the Africa Service of BBC World Service radio.

She went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo.

She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out of broadcast journalism to join The Times Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Katty has covered sex scandals in the Clinton administration, three Presidential elections as well as wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

She was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked plane flew into the building on 11 September 2001 - one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

She is the co-author of the New York Times best seller Womenomics.

Katty grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat.

She studied modern languages at Oxford and is a fluent French and Italian speaker with some "rusty Japanese".

Katty juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant.

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