Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Washington, D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama and propose the establishment of a supervisory committee to ensure Israel and the Palestinians comply with commitments as Israel rebuffs a U.S. call for a freeze on West Bank settlements.
Amid new bomb blasts in Pakistan, the U.S. says it may expand its embassy in Islamabad to include about 400 apartments in a project similar to its massive embassy in Baghdad. UNICEF says it has almost run out of funds to provide relief to people fleeing fighting in the Northwest Frontier Province.
Two more Conservative MPs in Britain say they will step down following outrage over their use of taxpayer money, including one who spent £22,500 to treat dry rot at her home. Eleven other lawmakers have quit since a scandal over expenses erupted, including the House of Commons Speaker.