As US troops draw down, Iraqi forces are taking the lead. Reviews so far are mixed.
US general in Baghdad says bringing basic services to Sadr City to weaken Sadr and his militia can work this time.
Critics say the Bush administration is relying too heavily on the military.
The summit of Arab neighbors Tuesday is the third attempt to gain more support for Iraq's reconstruction from Sunni states. Baghdad's crackdown on Shiite militias may help.
Secretary of State Rice arrived in Baghdad on Sunday as Iraqi, US, and British forces continued to clash with the Mahdi Army.
The MDC is now forced to mend rifts with smaller parties in a bid to unite against President Robert Mugabe's alleged effort to rig the March 29 elections.
Sixty roadblocks have been removed in the Palestinian territory, but critics say that isn't enough to improve life in the West Bank.