Yukio Hatoyama comes from four generations of politicians from the ruling LDP, which his DPJ party just ousted from power.
The US has pledged more than $300 million in development over the next year in Helmand Province. Success could sway farmers at the center of both the insurgency and the opium trade.
Former British ambassador to Iran suggests ways to negotiate over nuclear policy.
The top commander in Afghanistan reportedly likens the US military to a bull charging at a matador and getting weaker with each cut.
In local German elections, the successor to East Germany's Communist Party makes major inroads, a potential challenge for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of national elections in September.
Edward Kennedy's wife or nephew would be instant front-runners in any bid to replace him in the US Senate.