With the Obama administration facing Republican pressure to cut the budget, the government's $50 billion overseas programs could be on the table.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered blunt condemnation of strict Internet censorship in China and pledged to help Chinese citizens jump the 'Great Fire Wall.'
The UN is expected to vote on a controversial proposal for members to be able to punish religious "defamation." A 20-nation poll finds support among Muslim countries, but little elsewhere.
After Uganda briefly threatens to carry out war crimes warrant against Bashir, a new poll shows broad public support in Africa for such a move.
Views of the US and its role in the world remain about as negative as before Obama's election, according to new poll that represents nearly two-thirds of the world's population.
His speech should aim to launch a new dialogue between two estranged communities of the world, some regional experts say.
Many cite economic woes as campaigning for the Feb. 18 election picks up Friday.