Libyan representatives are ready to hold more talks with the United States and with rebels.
Obama formally signed off on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the US military.
The Chinese press is devoting pages and pages to the phone hacking scandal that is unfolding half a world away.
The strongest impression Wendi Deng left on my colleague was her height: "She is really tall and stands out," I was told.
Writer Yang Jiang spent her centennial birthday on July 17 with self-effacing mo-desty.
Crowds flocked to waterfronts and swimming pools on the US East Coast and in the Midwest on Thursday to try to cope with a massive heat wave that has killed at least 22 people this week.
Iceland's volcanoes gained notoriety last year for their ash-spewing ability to ground airlines and make a mess.
The space shuttle Atlantis glided home through a clear moonlit sky to complete a 13-day cargo run to the International Space Station.
Australia moved to introduce a legal right to privacy after the phone-hacking scandal in Britain, paving the way for people to sue media.
France suggested that a possible way out of Libya's civil war would be to allow Gadhafi to stay in the country if he relinquishes power.
Russian Foreign Minister and his Libyan counterpart met in Moscow Wednesday to discuss a political solution to the crisis.
The United Nations is set to declare famine in parts of southern Somalia, aid officials said on Tuesday.