The USS Fort McHenry is traveling the coast – training soldiers and providing relief.
The focus of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is largely security, but will include humanitarian work.
European objections keep Georgia, Ukraine off membership track, but US plans for missile-defense program in Europe gets an endorsement.
The case involves classified Taiwan weapons data and follows admissions about an errant shipment of nuclear fuses to Taiwan.
High-level talks on contentious issues such as missile defense had a markedly different tone from past rhetoric.
Adm. William Fallon stepped down after an article in Esquire magazine portrayed his views on Iran as being at odds with those of President Bush.
President Bush wants a limit to the Turkish campaign against rebels, but Turkey says no to a timetable.