In The Hague this week, Iranian officials offered to cooperate with the US. Iran has pursued an ambitious redevelopment effort in Afghanistan since 2001.
The country has put steep tariffs on an array of goods. Seventeen of the world's 20 largest economies have broken recent promises not to take protectionist measures.
The Obama-Hu exchange seemed to go well, while dinner Wednesday night gave Obama and Germany's Merkel a chance to reach greater détente.
The global crisis has led to political upheaval in many countries, unseating three prime ministers in Europe alone.
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While he is popular, American policies are not. He will be hard-pressed to win concessions on his plans for the economy or Afghanistan.
Readers write about parental participation in education, making the case for women as leaders, why many countries should be concerned about cyber attacks from China, and why Muslims, too, should be careful in their speech to others.
At least 50 were killed in the suicide attack on the Sunni mosque in Khyber Agency.
The President's plan for the increasingly troubled region is ambitious, although his goals are more limited than Bush's.