Charges against the 12 soldiers also include drug use and conspiring to cover up the alleged Afghanistan war crimes.
The controversial settlement opens the door for the US to pressure the United Nations to end sanctions imposed during Saddam Hussein's rule, which were never fully lifted.
In addition to facing outside pressures on nuclear initiatives and human rights issues such as the US hikers, Iranian officials still fear the opposition Green Movement at home.
More than 10 countries have now condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Koran in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of nine years ago. As noted in the Monitor article Why the planned Koran burning causes outrage and alarm, "Muslims see it as the uninterrupted, unchangeable, and eternal word of God. Burning the Koran is akin to directly burning the word of God." Here is what leaders are saying worldwide.
The planned Florida Koran burning has compelled outcry from President Obama, Pakistani President Zardari, and others. Those messages appear to be muting wider Muslim reaction to the planned Koran burning.
A suicide bomber killed 17 people at a market in Russia's North Ossetia on Thursday, the latest evidence of a resurgent Islamist insurgency in the area.
In India, a former orphan teaches traditional Indian art to the underprivileged and those with physical and learning disabilities.
A protest to stop road-building in the formerly protected Khimki forest near Moscow is gaining traction. Russian analysts say there's more to it than simple environmental concerns.
The planned Koran burning in Florida could provoke a response in the Muslim world like that in 2006 to a Danish cartoon of the prophet Mohammad. A correspondent remembers the scene in Kabul at that time.
US troops rely on local Afghan interpreters in the mission to win hearts and minds in the Afghanistan war. But many learn crucial languages on the job, resulting in deadly mishaps.
Kim Jong-il is widely reported to be hosting a rare political conference in North Korea – but what is really happening remains a secret.
Four recommendations for how the United Nations peacekeeping force in Congo can better protect civilians from abuses committed by rebel groups.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comparison of the Mexico drug war to an 'insurgency' comes as the US is deciding if it will increase assistance to Mexico to combat the drug trade.
China's Chen Guangcheng helped a budding civil rights movement before his arrest four years ago. His example may have inspired others, despite sharp crackdowns from the Chinese government.
Deployments in Afghanistan have tested the Army's limits and bolstered arguments to scrap the draft and build a smaller, more professional volunteer force.
To devout Muslims, the Sept. 11 Koran burning proposed by the Florida preacher Terry Jones is akin to burning the word of God. Muslim leaders and US military and civilian officials have asked Jones to reconsider his plan.
QS released its annual World University Rankings list of the top 200 universities Wednesday. The UK's University of Cambridge overtook former No. 1 Harvard University, the first time the leading US university was not in the No. 1 spot. Click right arrow to see school's ranked in ascending order.
The annual QS survey of the world's Top 200 universities says the best picks are in the US and the UK. But Asian schools are on the rise.
In what appears to be the first attack on US soldiers after the official end of combat operations, a man thought to be an Iraqi Army soldier killed two American soldiers and wounded nine others.