Waste management is a thriving industry in the United States. And it's no wonder. Americans produce more than 225,000 tons of garbage every year.
The three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia all received invitations to join the NATO alliance last week. They are also working toward joining the European Union in the next few years.
China's president and five other top leaders are stepping down from their Communist Party posts, as a new generation steps in to take their place. The announcement comes during the closing session of the 16th Communist Party Congress. Delegates also amended China's constitution to officially invite entrepreneurs to become party members.
Russia's upper house of parliament today overwhelmingly approved amendments to the country's media law that would put restrictions on news coverage of antiterrorism operations.
In California's agriculture-intensive Central Valley, controlling weeds is a top priority. But chemical herbicides can't always be applied safely, especially near lakes, streams or irrigation canals. Now, the government and farmers are studying an environmentally friendly and decidedly low-tech way to clear unwanted foliage from private and public lands.
Drug violence is nothing new to the communities that are strung out along Mexico's border with the United States, but a recent increase in murders in the lower Rio Grande valley has authorities concerned. A war over drug profits is seen as the probable cause.
The United States hopes to disarm Iraq without use of force. But as United Nations weapons inspectors prepare to return to Baghdad, U.S. leaders are already busy waging a different kind of "war" on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
It's a Tuesday afternoon at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. One by one, students are filing into Maysam al Faruqi's introductory class on Islam. Professor Faruqi is a part of the university's theology department, and her course approaches the religion from that perspective. She's here to teach her students about Islam's core beliefs. She is not here to talk about terrorism.
There is growing concern in the United States about China's efforts to censor Internet access for Chinese users. This concern has translated into legislation introduced in Congress that calls for the creation of a Global Internet Freedom office to fight Web censors - in China and other countries, where access to the Internet is controlled.