Senate confirms Rajiv Shah, a food security expert, to head USAID, a key development agency. One task: help devise a strategy for infusion of new foreign aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
12/24/2009 04:25 pm
Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/24
Big winter storm galloping across the US has been blamed in three road deaths. Conditions are grounding flights in Minneapolis, other cities.
12/24/2009 02:23 pm
'These are big reforms,' Obama said of the Senate health care bill approved Thursday, before fleeing snow-encased Washington for Hawaii.
12/24/2009 12:04 pm
The first of 5,000 new off-road US Army vehicles arrived in Afghanistan this week. Custom made for the mountainous terrain, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle is lighter, and considered safer, than Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) used in Iraq.
12/24/2009 12:00 pm
Seldom, if ever, in US history has the partisan divide on such a big legislative step been so stark. The 60-to-39 Senate health care vote along party lines may make it far more difficult for the Senate to work on issues that lie ahead.
12/24/2009 09:04 am
The Gaza Christians allowed to travel to Bethlehem starting Thursday make up less than half of the 750 who applied for permits, with Israel strictly limiting travel out of the Hamas-run territory.
12/24/2009 08:29 am
I joined a Christmas-story boycott group on Facebook. But here I am, standing in Bethlehem's Manger Square with loudspeakers blaring an Arabic disco version of 'Silent Night.' Let me explain.
12/24/2009 07:43 am
Stores in China have embraced Christmas with music and decorations to celebrate what has become a major shopping holiday.
12/24/2009 05:44 am
In Pictures Got your red hat?