The US, Poland status of forces pact signed Friday allows deployment of a missile defense system to go forward. An earlier proposal for a more robust missile system had drawn the ire of Russia.
A draft pact for a global warming treaty released Friday in Copenhagen would commit the US to significant emissions cuts by 2020 and draw developing nations into an agreement for the first time.
In Khan Neshin, near the Pakistan border, recruitment of locals for the Afghanistan war effort is an often frustrating process. Obstacles include candidates' drug use, illiteracy, and fear of the Taliban.
Rights activist Aminatou Haidar, who is pushing for Western Sahara's independence from Morocco, has been on a hunger strike in Spain, prompting Spanish pressure for her to be let back into the country. But some Moroccans see a double standard.
Israel told the Supreme Court that it would be too busy enforcing the new 10-month settlement freeze to enforce a long standing order to dismantle the illegal outposts of ideologically driven settlers.
In Afghanistan, the number of kids in school has grown more than six times since the Taliban were in power. But millions of children still wait, and classrooms and qualified teachers are lacking.
The development of two huge Iraq oil fields will significantly increase production and help the country recover from war.
Embedding anthropologists with US military in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is both praised and derided by academics as violating a social scientist's basic pledge: to do no harm.
A sponsor of the US Olympic team is offering a free trip to the 2010 Vancouver Games for an office worker who triumphs amid high cubicle barriers, empty toner cartridges, and meetings that never end.
While Egypt is not immune to the effects of Dubai's economic bust, it stands to gain in foreign investments after years of reforms – a boon that could lend stability to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, a key US ally in the region.
The central government in India announced Wednesday it would move to create a new state, Telangana, within the state Andhra Pradesh. Telangana is likely to serve as a precedent for other statehood movements.
North Korea rights advocates in South Korea turned to international courts for aid in challenging abuses. They are trying to keep the issue in the public eye as a tough winter and a drastic currency revaluation raise the prospect of more crackdowns.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking in Iraq, said additional sanctions could be imposed for Iran nuclear program if Iran does not fulfill October agreements.
Canada's volunteer approach to finding a place to store spent nuclear waste, which is radioactive for 10,000 years, contrasts the US.
A budding historical preservation movement takes off in Hong Kong, where many residents are recent immigrants and half the population lives in subsidized public housing.
US envoy Bosworth says North Korea talks in Pyongyang were 'useful.' But the North has not committed to returning to six-party talks on its nuclear program.
Pakistan police chief says the five Americans arrested were trying to link up with a jihadi group, possibly Al Qaeda, for a "big attack."
As Nobel prize winner Obama heads to Oslo to accept his Peace Prize on Thursday, opponents of his escalation of the Afghanistan war promise to demonstrate against him.
In his Nobel Prize acceptance in Oslo, Obama said that we will not eradicate violence in our lifetimes. Some 5,000 people were expected to protest the Afghan war and other issues.
A new Amnesty International report offers the most detailed account of Iranian abuse – and official coversups – during postelection protests.