Sectarian Tensions Stain Progress in Diyala
It has been a hard slog for U.S. troops trying to bring security to the Iraqi province of Diyala, northeast of the capital. U.S. troops continue to face insurgent attacks despite a fragile agreement among Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders in the province to cooperate with the U.S. military.
Bush, Iraqi Leader Sign 'Declaration of Principles'
President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday signed a "declaration of principles" that underlines how the U.S. and Iraq are considering their future relationship once the U.S. significantly reduces its military presence.
Photographer Held by U.S. Military Faces Charges
Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi national, worked as a photographer for the Associated Press in Iraq until he was taken into custody by the U.S. 19 months ago. The U.S. military says the photographer is a terrorist. The AP expects to hear Thursday what specific charges Hussein is being held on.
Pot 'Grow Houses' Flourish in Pacific Northwest
So-called "grow houses," in which marijuana is grown indoors, are becoming increasingly common in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the suburbs of Seattle. Authorities say the trend got a boost from loose mortgage-lending practices.
Bush Bound for Success in Mideast Summit
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the Annapolis, Md., summit on the Middle East will be a moderate success for Bush, even if nothing concrete comes out of it. Expectations are low, and just getting all of the players together is an accomplishment.
Nobel Prize Brings Gore Back to White House
President Bush and Al Gore met Monday for the first time since the president won the office in 2000. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was at the White House for a photo opportunity with the American recipients of this year's Nobels. Gore and Bush also met privately in the Oval Office.
Mayors Take Action as Texas Slacks on Climate
Texas is the country's largest emitter of global warming gases. But the state's political leaders say climate change isn't a problem and have blocked even minor efforts to address the issue. Now mayors of some of the biggest cities are taking the issue into their own hands.
FDA's Behind-the-Counter Drug Plan Riles Docs
The Food and Drug Administration is considering creating a new class of drugs that would sit on shelves behind the register, and pharmacists could help people decide whether the drugs are right for them. But some doctors say pharmacists don't have the qualifications to give out medical advice.
Colombian Singer Juanes Is a Savvy Businessman
Juanes, the Colombian singer and songwriter, was one of the early proponents of what was called Latin Alternative, mixing rock with Colombian melodies and rhythms. Today, he is a Latin pop star who has sold more than 9 million records worldwide.
Leaders Hopeful on Eve of Annapolis Summit
In advance of Tuesday's international conference on the Middle East, President Bush meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the White House. All express hope that peace can be achieved, but hint at divisions over the best way to achieve it.