Proposal to extend America's military role years into the future meets lawmaker resistance, from Washington to Baghdad.
Secretary Gates is likely to nominate a new civilian chief in days.
Cyclone victims are rebuilding homes and collecting rainwater as foreign aid workers slowly spread out.
As Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads to Singapore, the Pentagon sees a turnaround in the Chinese security forces.
A critical IAEA report could spur a new round of sanctions. Iran maintains its enrichment program is peaceful.
Recent events suggest both Tehran and Washington may be willing to engage in dialogue.
Britain and the Netherlands agree to longer tours, delaying a bigger US role in the mission.
Readers write about aid discrimination in Burma, President Bush's Mideast trip, and Jimmy Carter's Hamas talks.
His plan is at odds with a bipartisan bill backed by Clinton and Obama.