But critics say the US should go slowly on a deal that would help a crucial trading partner for Iran.
Wealthy countries seek land in Cambodia, Madagascar, and Brazil.
In Afghanistan, US and NATO reassess their strategy amid concerns that their efforts are failing.
From an oil rig in the Indian Ocean, a seafaring dad offers practical math and tales of pirates as lessons over a Web connection with his kids’ classroom back home.
TV and newspaper ads created by a Saudi firm depict abuse of Asian maids in an effort to stem the widespread practice.
The global credit crunch and falling oil prices are taking a toll on the superrich Gulf emirate as developers mothball high-profile projects and lay off workers.
The jewelry could belong to the treasures of Nimrud, officials say.
Western forces target the Taliban, but for many Afghans the biggest threat comes from criminals and complicitous police.