Six-Party talks

Obama and Congress agree debt deal – plan is long-term but no new taxes; Markets respond positively, but downgrade still predicted (+ analysis); Deal a victory for smaller government; Assad storms Hama, at least 80 dead; North Korea agrees to resume six-party talks; Ethnic violence in China pre-Ramadan; and more

Top of the Agenda: Obama and Congress Agree to Debt Deal

Obama accepts Nobel amid controversy; China attempts to cool its real estate market; North Korea and US agree that Six-Party talks should resume; Iraq reshuffles security forces; France and UK agree on bank reform; and more

Top of the Agenda: Obama Accepts Nobel Prize

Pentagon to teach US troops Afghan culture; Kim Jong-Il willing to rejoin Six-Party talks; Taliban: international aid not in "the interests of muslims"; Israeli leader cancels UK trip fearing arrest; and more

Top of the Agenda: New U.S. Units in Afghanistan

Easing traffic woes in Baghdad could pave way for terrorists; US troop withdrawl from Iraq; pressure on North Korea to re-enter Six-Party Talks; Clinton to meet Somali president; and more

Top of the Agenda: Baghdad's Barriers


US withdrawal from Iraq could be accelerated; China to reduce use of death penalty; more violence in Nigeria; IMF to lend more to poor countries; and more

Top of the Agenda: Possible Acceleration of Withdrawal