US backs Costa Rica's Arias to mediate the crisis, wary of being seen as interfering in the region – as it has in the past.
In a spectacle befitting the ultimate entertainer, friends and fans pay tribute to a man whose music touched millions worldwide.
World leaders can't agree on whether to tackle debt or recession first, look ahead to G-20 meeting in September.
NATO forces meet light resistance in Helmand Province, but Afghan insurgents hit back in other parts of the country. Are more US troops needed?
Its support base dropped to 19 percent after the war; many blame the Hamas-Fatah standoff for their plight. Egypt hosts the rivals for a final round of reconciliation talks July 25.
In talks in London Monday, Israel's defense minister said the two sides had made progress, but still had 'a way to go.'