Mexico, host of the Cancún climate talks that began Monday, enforced tougher environmental standards in its notoriously dirty capital and vastly improved air quality.
The two Germans who were arrested Sunday while talking to the lawyer and son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to death for adultery.
The US and its NATO allies are moving toward a fund to encourage Taliban members to lay down their arms and work with the Afghanistan government in Kabul. Hamid Karzai is hopeful ahead Thursday's London conference.
Officials from Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council met in Frankfurt Wednesday.
The German chancellor, who visits the White House Friday, has criticized Obama's fiscal policies and refused to substantially increase troop levels in Afghanistan.
Members of MEK in Iraq find it difficult to find a place to live outside Camp Ashraf
The camp is the last place belonging to the MEK Iranian opposition group, and concerns are growing over potential violence if Iraq moves forcefully to shut it down.
Yemeni officials pointed to Shiite rebels that have clashed with the government, but the operation is a marked departure from their style of hostage-taking.
Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke's visit.