The kidnapping of an Iraqi-American working with the US military in Iraq appears to have been sparked by a faltering reconciliation effort to bring a militant Shiite group into the political process, US officials say.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has notes reading 'Eggs, Milk, Bread (crossed out), Hope, and Change,' written on his hand as he briefs reporters after President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Feb. 9. Former Vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin generated interest in her recent public appearances by having notes on her hands.
With the rainy season set to arrive in Haiti, aid organizers say the top priority is to bring in shelter that can withstand rain and even hurricanes. Some 750,000 people still do not have basic shelter or are crowded in with relatives and friends.
The US offensive against the town of Marjah illustrates the link between the Taliban insurgency and the narcotics trade. The Taliban promote and tax the opium business and are allies with the drug lords who organize the distribution and export.
US soldiers in the Afghanistan war are battling to clear the 'heart of darkness' in Kandahar Province where Taliban chief Mullah Omar used to preach. It's one of many operations gearing up in southern Afghanistan as more foreign troops arrive.
Small groups have taken it upon themselves to establish security, organize aid deliveries, and maintain a minimum of sanitation in the sprawling 'tent cities' that cropped up in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake.
In Afghanistan, US soldiers on second or third tours are returning to the same areas, where they already know key tribal leaders and the terrain. The new strategy aims to cultivate relationships within the tribal culture.
American troops in Port-au-Prince secure the delivery of tents to the victims of the earthquake that shook the country on Jan. 12.
A Christian Science perspective.