Presidents, generals, and Supreme Court justices are there. But mostly, it's ordinary servicemen and women who served their country without public acclaim.
A new strategy in Afghanistan to combat the opium trade draws on US experience curbing cocaine shipments in Latin America.
The impoverished country's battles against Shiite rebels and a growing Al Qaeda threat have heightened tensions between Sunni and Shiite neighbors in the region.
Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's most powerful man, says he's not convinced by show trials that June election protesters are tools of foreign powers.
It will increase its number of bomb disposal teams by half. It is also upping its order of bomb-resistant troop carriers, called M-ATVs.
Though many Afghan citizens and politicians are alleging fraud, analysts say getting to the bottom of what happened is a difficult exercise.
Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman will share control, but analysts say infighting could erupt again.
Top candidates Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah stand nearly tied at 40 percent. But 90 percent of polling stations remain to be counted and a rising number of fraud complaints adjudicated.
The Afghan, who said tortured into falsely confessing that he attacked US troops, has spent nearly one third of his life in the detention center.