This week, Obama addresses the nation on Iraq and Afghanistan and restarts direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. His challenge is to show enough progress to inspire support on these long-term commitments, from the American public and the players themselves.
China and India have overlapping ambitions in the Indian Ocean. So as China flexes its naval reach, India is left debating how to assume leadership in the Indian Ocean.
Seven US soldiers were killed amid rising violence in the Afghanistan war, as well as a parliamentary candidate and five campaign workers. President Karzai's chief of staff also said the US must alter its strategy to defeat the Taliban.
Kim Jong-il reportedly met top Chinese leaders on Friday in an apparent bid for Beijing's diplomatic and financial support for a succession plan involving his third and youngest son, who is said to be traveling with him.
Lisa Murkowski and Joe Miller will have to wait until next month to find out who has won the Senate race in Alaska. That's when state elections workers will begin to count absentee ballots. They have until Sept. 8 to deliver a final tally.
Pakistan flood foreign aid groups appear to be unfazed by Taliban threats that their presence is 'unacceptable.' Foreign aid workers note that they are always working in a 'high security context.'
Iran's proposal to jointly produce fuel with Russia for the Bushehr nuclear power plant is bound to raise even more opposition to its nuclear pursuits.
Kim Jong-il's visit to China comes as Jimmy Carter visits Pyongyang to seek the release of an imprisoned American.
The Supreme Court had ordered a special hearing to determine whether Troy Davis is innocent. A federal judge held the hearing and concluded Tuesday that the death row inmate is guilty.