Thailand will charge detained crew members with crimes related to trafficking the 35-ton arms shipment in violation of sanctions slapped on North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests.
It will be months before the 30,000 new troops will have gone to war in Afghanistan. But President Obama already has increased attacks by pilotless Predator drone aircraft against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal areas.
Consumer sentiment in December rebounded to its highest level since September.
Gunmen in the Philippines took dozens hostage from a school in Mindanao, but soon released the children. Hostages may be from a rival family that allegedly targeted gunmen's relatives.
The Tungurahua volcano spews ash and rocks during an eruption in Banos, Ecuador, in June 2010. Tungurahua has been classed as active since 1999 and had a strong eruption in 2008. It is one of eight active volcanoes in the country.
Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the Iran nuclear program could produce its own higher enriched nuclear fuel. But some analysts cast doubt on Iran's capacity to do so.
Mileposts in Iran's quest to harness nuclear power.