President Barack Obama is expected to make an announcement about the next phase of military operations in Afghanistan later today.
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Peter Feaver is the director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. He was special advisor for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council staff at the White House from 2005-2007.
NATO's secretary general says since defense budgets are being cut as governments struggle with deficits, one answer is to have more bilateral cooperation among member states. The British are trying to patch up the holes created by their 8 percent military spending cuts by working more closely with the French.
Former Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has been tried in absentia on charges he embezzled large sums of cash and jewelry. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in January and the kingdom has refused to extradite him. Steve Inskeep talks to David Gauthier-Villars, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, who has been covering Tunisia.
Given the high price of petroleum-based fertilizers, more farmers are considering sludge from sewage treatment plants. It’s free, but, many local governments worry about the safety of so-called biosolids. And, as Sandy Hausman reports from Virgina, it also makes some farm neighbors uneasy
A demonstrator plays drum in front of riot police outside the Greek Parliament in Athens. The protesters aren't the usual leftists and trade unionists with red banners. They're mostly middle-class Greeks waving the white and blue national flag.
Greece's embattled prime minister survived a vote of confidence in Parliament early Wednesday. Next week, he faces an even tougher vote for further painful austerity measures to secure a fresh bailout from international lenders.
But the government has lost the people's confidence as tens of thousands of Greeks continue daily protests against devastating measures that have led to growing joblessness, homelessness and anxiety.
President Obama will announce his decision on how many American troops to withdraw from Afghanistan Wednesday night. In late 2009, the president had approved a "surge" force of 30,00 troops. At the time, he promised to begin bringing them home in July 2011. With that deadline approaching, a debate has emerged inside the White House about how many troops to pull out.