Kiyotaka Akasaka has taken over as Under-Secy-Gen for Communications.
Senator Barack Obama piled pressure on Hillary Clinton over Iraq conflict.
The Venezuelan president says he misses the verbal attacks on him by the US secy of state.
The Democrat warned President Bush not to take any military action against Iran.
The Al-Qaeda has set up a band of training camps near Afghan border, say US officials.
The country's struggle for independence was led by George Washington years ago.
Chief US negotiator Nicholas Burns says the final Indo-US civil nuclear deal may well become a reality by 2008.
Menon on Wednesday held three-hour-long discussions with Burns, who is the key negotiator for the deal.
The Quinnipiac University poll found the former New York mayor ahead of fellow senator Hillary Clinton.
The US secretary of state says Washingon has no desire to lock horns with Iran.
Sergeant Paul Cortez has been sentenced to 100 years in jail for his role in the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl.
Clinton has refused to apologise for her Senate vote authorising use of force in Iraq.
The US vice president says his country will persuade Iran to give up N-arms.
The US presidential hopeful accused Bush of pursuing a strategy for war on Iran.
The White House says Musharraf has failed to deliver on war on terror front.