Kim said after landing in New York Tuesday that he was " optimistic" the six-party talks could resume and that relations with the US might improve.
House Republicans are pressing ahead with a vote on a quickly revised plan to stave off an unprecedented government default next week
The Pew poll released Thursday showed 41 percent of registered voters would like to see Obama re-elected while 40 percent prefer a Republican to win the race.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is close to a decision to bid for the presidency in an election next year, senior political sources say.
Walls of mud barreling down a hill buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul.
North Korea on Wednesday renewed calls for a peace treaty with the United States to officially end the Korean War.
Dancers hang from ropes as they perform "Elements", by Spanish company Bocasdanza, during the Burgos-New York International Choreography Competition in Burgos, northern Spain early July 28, 2011.
Federal officials seized roughly a tonne of ivory in one of the largest US seizures on record and arrested the owner of an African art store accused of smuggling carved elephant tusks into the US.
The Obama administration says that it has imposed travel restrictions on 60 Russian officials suspected of involvement in the killing of a lawyer.
At least nine people were killed as a landslide hit a mountain resort in Gangwon Province, 100 kilometers east of Seoul, due to heavy downpour.
China and Japan agreed to maintain stability in the East China Sea and promote the early establishment of a maritime liaison system.
Japanese lawmakers have approved nearly 2 trillion yen ($25.5 billion) in extra funds to pay for reconstruction.