Hillary Clinton in Liberia with Johnson-SirleafNearing the end of her 11-day tour of Africa, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the Liberian capital of Monrovia on August 13 and was greeted under pouring rain by hundreds of Liberians waving U.S. and Liberian flags.

U.S. Marine in AfghanistanA joint U.S.-Afghan military assault began against Dahaneh, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on August 12. Associated Press journalists traveling with the forces reported that militants fired small arms, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades after helicopters dropped the troops over Taliban lines. The forces were supported by British-made Harrier jets, which are used by both the British military and U.S. Marines.

China's Foreign Minister Yang JiechiBuilding on a February 2008 proposal by the governments of China and Russia, the communist regime in the People’s Republic of China is now pushing for a ban on weapons in space.

Riots in France. Car BurningNearly four years after their first car-burning spasm of mayhem, vandalism, and violence, those "restive youths" in Paris are at it again.

North American Leaders SummitThe so-called “Three Amigos” summit among the executive leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico in Guadalajara last weekend ended August 10 with nothing being accomplished more than a three-day photo-op and press releases containing vague platitudes.