GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded - a jailhouse so protected that its very location is top secret.
LONDON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the fight in Afghanistan won't be won quickly and Defense Secretary Robert Gates scolded NATO countries who haven't committed combat troops ''willing to fight and die'' to defeat a resurgent Taliban.
JERUSALEM - Hamas militants fired a rocket into an Israeli border village, wounding two young sisters as they played outside their home. The attack followed Israel airstrikes against Gaza militants and threats of an ''all-front'' war on the Islamic group.
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot columns of ash miles into the air on Wednesday, as officials ordered the evacuation of 3,000 villagers living near its slopes.
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is facing its worst food shortage in years, yet its rich southern neighbor has yet to hear the usual cry for help.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Hundreds of rebels charged into Chad's capital aboard pickup trucks Saturday, clashing with government troops around the presidential palace in the most forceful attempt yet to oust President Idriss Deby. The rebels claimed to gain strength from defecting soldiers in the oil-rich Central African nation.
PARIS - They had a glitzy, jet-setting courtship, but when it came time for the wedding, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni opted for a simple, classic ceremony - and the bride wore white.
BAGHDAD - Weeping relatives loaded simple wood coffins atop minivans Saturday in Baghdad as the city buried dozens of victims of the deadliest bombings since the U.S. flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.
EDITOR'S NOTE - A generation back, conservationists warned of a ''well-hidden time bomb'' in the destruction of rain forests. Today even more trees fall. This is the first in a three-part global series on deforestation, its threat to climate, and what may be done about it.
HULHUMALE, Maldives - Running out of space in its crowded capital, this republic of 1,200 islands thought it had a can't-miss solution: build another island.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The mother of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway said that she's now convinced her daughter is dead after watching hidden camera footage of a Dutch student allegedly acknowledging involvement, according to an interview published Saturday.
GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas militants on Friday hauled away metal spikes that Egyptian soldiers had placed at sections of the Gaza-Egypt border, defying attempts to reseal the frontier and stop the influx of blockade-weary Gazans.
BAGHDAD - Two mentally retarded women strapped with remote-control explosives - and possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers - brought carnage Friday to two pet bazaars, killing at 73 people in the deadliest day since Washington flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.
RICHMOND, Va. - A state lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenage employee won it back during a special election Tuesday.
VALLEY, Ala. - An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense.
NEW YORK - Americans want to cut back on soda, and they're willing to pay more to do it.
WASHINGTON - A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.
WASHINGTON - Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recommitted to supporting criminal justice changes and alternatives to public schools on Monday as he was sworn in for a second term in office, and said his mission for the next four years is "building upon the foundation we have laid."
Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.
DETROIT - The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17.
PARIS - The man whose amateur video of a Paris police officer's cold-blooded murder shocked the world now regrets sharing the footage online, saying he never expected it to be broadcast so widely.
DETROIT - Americans are ready to let their tops down and feel the wind blow through their hair.
MIAMI - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.
WASHINGTON - In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House.
PARIS - French police on Saturday were hunting the widow of one of the slain suspects in a wave of attacks around Paris, considered dangerous herself and the possible key to helping authorities dismantle what could be a terrorist network.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.