Leaders of several African nations are meeting in Togo to talk about efforts to end the four-month-old rebel conflict in Ivory Coast. The leaders gathering in Togo are from countries that make up a West African contact group that has been working to broker peace in Ivory Coast.
Iraq said it will comply with U.N. demands to be more active in proving that it does not possess weapons of mass destruction. Senior Iraqi and U.N. officials agreed on a new 10-point plan, but U.N. inspectors say more issues need to be addressed.
Guatemala is facing a possible suspension of U.S. aid for failing to cooperate in the war on drugs. The country risks being included on a U.S. list of "decertified" nations that do not cooperate in the drug war.
The Indonesian cabinet said it will rescind some price hikes in fuel and electricity after facing weeks of angry street protests. The move is likely to please public opinion, but may be less popular with international aid donors, who have long been pushing for the structural reforms to the Indonesian economy.
A top U.S. envoy to Asia has held talks with Japan's foreign minister about ways defuse the stand-off over North Korea's nuclear program.
North Korea has rejected efforts to resolve the crisis over its nuclear program through international diplomacy, insisting that only direct negotiations with the United States can settle the dispute.
Americans have been captivated by a new kind of entertainment called "reality television." More than two dozen reality shows are on the air so far, and more are in the works.
Libya is poised to assume the chairmanship of the world's leading body on human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Commission. This has angered the United States and human rights groups. U.S. officials point out that Libya is still under UN sanctions for its role in the airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Rights groups say Libya has failed to uphold its own citizens' rights and is unlikely to prove a persuasive role model for others.
A respected oil industry analyst in Washington says if there is a war in Iraq oil prices will continue to rise and could even double from their current two year highs. But, the analyst believes prices will quickly fall back once the situation in Iraq is resolved.
While diplomats around the world worry about the prospect of North Korea building nuclear arms, some analysts say the biggest immediate danger from the Stalinist state is its conventional weapons.