Afghan president says those who disagree with his offer of safety for the Taliban to attend talks can unseat him or leave the country.
A new pact that faces final approval from parliament will keep US troops in Iraq for up to three more years. By June 2009 US forces will pull back to major bases.
A 2004 classified order authorized the military to attack Al Qaeda operatives around the globe. As many as a dozen raids occurred under this mandate.
Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela push back on US operations.
The blasts took place in Azamiyah – once a hotbed of Sunni-Shiite violence – and may have been an attempt to reignite sectarian conflict.
Some Arabs see him as more of an 'honest broker' in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But that conflict may not be a priority.