The tests will be the first clear look at which banks are doing better than others, for example, but they won't be the last word.
Congress holds the key to billions in new assistance, but some lawmakers are skeptical it would diminish the terrorist threat.
Washington has been increasingly critical of the Afghan president. But with Karzai likely to win reelection this year, both sides will want to dial back the recriminations.
The handsets are already banned, but a proposed law would make it a crime for prisoners to possess them.
Fed up with growling tailpipes, one more city cracks down on the world's largest Harley rally.
The small number of successful pirate attacks, an increase in military patrols, and legal concerns have kept many firms from hiring security.
Readers write about the Doha Debates and how taxpayers are supporting private companies.