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Rice to Meet with Syrian Foreign Minister
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Thursday in Egypt with Syria's foreign minister. The first high-level talks between the nations in two years will take place on the sidelines of a regional conference on the future of Iraq.
West Point Classes Focus on War Ethics
In the aftermath of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and other wartime events that have raised ethical questions, West Point is putting new emphasis on teaching what's right and wrong on the battlefield.
L.A. Mayor Seeks Gang Solutions in El Salvador
Concerns about gang culture prompt Antonio Villaraigosa to visit San Salvador. Both cities must deal with gangs that have strong ties in both nations. In San Salvador, felons deported from the U.S. have taken L.A.'s gang culture back to the homeland.
Jamestown's Early Days Were Brutish and Short
This month marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in North America. Many historians see Jamestown as the birthplace of modern America. Was the original colony really a success?
Media Dynasties Seek to Stay in Control
The families who control such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times face pressure to cede power to shareholders. But those families say maintaining majority ownership protects journalistic integrity.
Doctors Question Rise in Skin Cancer Biopsies
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is diagnosed at more than twice the rate it was just 20 years ago. But some doctors worry this isn't a signal of melanoma epidemic. Instead, it could be an epidemic of skin biopsies.
Saudis Seek to Adapt to Biofuel Threat
Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, said it may slow investment in petroleum as consumers eye alternative fuels. Asian and Middle Eastern energy ministers are meeting in Riyadh to discuss the world's changing energy demands.
California Company Works to Cut, Adapt to Warming
More companies are looking for ways to reduce their greenhouse gases, either because their customers want them to or because of government regulation. Patagonia, the outdoor clothing maker is trying to curb global warming — and adapt to it.
Queen Seeks to Fly 'Green' on U.S. Visit
As Queen Elizabeth II begins her state visit to the United States, she will pay $20,000 for a "carbon offset." That's a fee paid to compensate for the carbon that her flights across the Atlantic and around America will spew into the air. The money will go towards a project to reduce greenhouse gases.
French Presidential Candidates Hold TV Debate
France's top presidential candidates, socialist Segolene Royal and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, touch on their plans for employment, retirement accounts. Voters go to the polls Sunday.