A UN agency reports that as the global economy began to recover from the recession, carbon emissions surged to a new record, imperiling measures to contain global warming.
Even before Osama bin Laden's killing, the Taliban were softening their image while the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan set the stage for talks. Now the US must decide if it's worth years of further military and diplomatic effort to hammer out an agreement.
As its economic clout rises, Germany sheds its postwar identity, becoming more assertive in Europe and the world.
Obama is feeling pressure to take his shirt off and show the world that the Gulf Coast is safe for swimming after the April 20 BP oil spill.
Negotiators seeking to lay the groundwork for a global warming summit in Mexico in November appear to be moving further from consensus.
Daniel Schorr passed away Friday in Washington, DC. Daniel Schorr was a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and worked at NPR after a long career at CBS News.
Cancellations rates have reached 80 percent at vacation properties along some parts of the Gulf Coast, including Pensacola Beach, due to the BP oil spill. Summer just isn't the same if you can't go in the water, tourists say.
Afghan warlord Hekmatyar has sent delegates to Kabul for more preliminary peace talks. But his Hizb-e-Islami group lacks teeth on the battlefield and is unlikely to sway more powerful insurgent factions, the Taliban and the Haqqani network.
From a 2005 baseline, a 17 percent emissions cut would fall short of what's needed to keep global warming to 3.6 degrees F. But it may reflect most that US Senate would OK from climate talks.