He's been critical of monetary policy and has named human rights defenders to key posts.
Israeli forces struck two United Nations schools in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing at least 34 people, as international call for an immediate cease-fire grew.
Absent more forceful US role, others make frantic bid to halt fighting.
UN allows antipiracy forces to chase them onto land, attack them by air. But Security Council seems unprepared to address the instability that makes Somalia a 'failed state.'
A Bush administration proposal to allow foreign forces to go ashore in Somalia to hunt the country's notorious pirates is getting a cool reception from US military leaders, regional analysts, and some Somali officials.
With Bush set to leave, the administration tries to nudge forward the process it started in 2007.
Pakistan agreed Tuesday to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa – a charity considered a front for the militant group tied to the Mumbai attacks – if the United Nations requests it.
The Iraqi premier is increasingly at risk as cracks in his Shiite-Kurdish coalition grow in the waning days of the Bush administration, his other main ally.