NATO's mandate in Libya is to protect civilians, and with rebels now promising to attack cities loyal to Qaddafi, the alliance could be called on to protect civilians there. It is one complication that has NATO pressing for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
Speculation that the Arctic Sea cargo ship seized in the Baltic in July was carrying weapons or other illicit cargo continues to swirl.
The move shows a willingness to act on common goals despite deteriorating relations.
The Bush administration announces $1 billion in aid but no military assistance.
Presidential candidates cite intent to improve US stature, but retooling policies is complicated.