WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called on China Friday to quickly release imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, lauding the dissident as an "eloquent and courageous" supporter of human rights and democracy.

WASHINGTON - Two new members have been installed on the Federal Reserve, which has enormous power over Americans' pocketbooks.

NEW DELHI - Fears about unhealthy conditions at the athletes' village have abated and the venue preparation appears to be going smoothly, leaving athletes a few days to actually concentrate on their sports before the Commonwealth Games open on Sunday.

The 2010 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine: ENGINEERING: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron for developing a method to collect whale snot using a remote control helicopter.

JERUSALEM - Washington's special Mideast envoy on Wednesday was trying to wring an agreement out of Israel to bar new West Bank settlement construction and put foundering peace talks back on track.
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