WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s budget this week will set out big goals: to rescue the economy from freefall, expand U.S. health care coverage and move within a few years to slash huge deficits.
JERUSALEM – Israel’s political rivals Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni met yesterday for the first time since an indecisive Feb. 10 election to talk about a future government.
BEIJING – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her visit to China yesterday by attending services at a state-sanctioned church, having a conversation with women’s rights activists and doing a brief Web chat.
BEIJING – An explosion in a mine belonging to China’s biggest coking coal producer killed 74 miners in Shanxi province yesterday and scores more were rescued after being trapped underground for hours.
MOSUL, Iraq – U.S. and Iraqi forces have launched a new military campaign they hope will put an end to a stubborn insurgency in restive Nineveh province, seen as a final holdout for Sunni Islamist militants, officials said yesterday.