The House yesterday apologized to black Americans, more than 140 years after slavery was abolished, for the "fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow" segregation.
The United States is shirking its duty to provide the world with moral leadership and China is letting its business interests trump human rights concerns in Myanmar and Sudan, a human rights group said Wednesday.
New Orleans evacuees scattered across the country were eager to return home after their city was largely spared by Hurricane Gustav, but Mayor Ray Nagin warned they may have to wait in shelters and motels a few days longer.
The new UN General Assembly president, a Nicaraguan Roman Catholic priest, strongly attacked western dominance and the power of the UN Security Council over the world body as the UN General Assembly opened Tuesday.
US President George W Bush called Republican presidential hopeful John McCain the candidate who "understands the lessons" of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in an address by satellite to the Republican Party's nominating convention on Tuesday.
A UN summit on Africa's development wrapped up with a call on rich countries to honor their pledge to double their annual aid to the continent, which is struggling to meet poverty reduction goals by 2015.
Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden sparred over taxes, energy policy and the Iraq war in a high-profile debate in which Palin sought to reclaim her identity as a feisty reformer and Biden tried to undercut the maverick image of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain.