Even before the invasion of Iraq, a triangle of interests have developed in the region; the pro-Israel lobby, the Arab oil states lobby and the United States increasing economical interest in the region.
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry urged President Bush Thursday to ask other nations to share in the responsibility of rebuilding Iraq as one response to the upsurge in violence there. During a campaign appearance in Wisconsin, Senator Kerry continued his criticism of the president's handling of the situation in Iraq.
Human rights activists held a rally in front of the United Nations in New York on Thursday. They are calling on the world body to support a U.S. draft resolution urging China to allow investigations of reports that it is repressing freedom of expression and religion.
A new economic study done by a private firm in Washington suggests that ending the disparity in prices that consumers pay in rich countries could boost global output by as much as two percent.
New York's first electric underground train was an instant hit. The subway opened in Manhattan a century ago. The number of routes quickly grew, as did the number of riders. Not only did the subway help New Yorkers get around, but it also allowed communities to form along its route.
At least 300 so-called "critically endangered" animal species have absolutely no protection against extinction in their environments. Similarly, nearly 500 less endangered animals have no safety net to protect them from disappearing off the face of the earth. Environmentalists say the endangerment is the result of a "global gap" that urgently needs closing.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration understood the importance of the terrorist threat from al-Qaida before the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Ms. Rice made her comments before the independent commission investigating the attacks.
Rwanda is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the country's genocide. A somber burial ceremony in the capital, Kigali, launched a nationwide day of commemoration to remember the estimated 800,000 people killed during 100 days of slaughter.
The upsurge in violence in Iraq could have important ramifications for the U.S. presidential election campaign. The new fighting has reignited a debate in Washington over the Bush administration's handling of the situation in Iraq.
Voters in the California city of Inglewood have dealt a blow to the retail giant Wal-Mart, which had planned to build a super-store in their city. The world's largest retailer still has aggressive plans to expand in the region.