Freed American plans exam:
MUSCAT, Oman -- American Sarah Shourd planned a medical exam Wednesday for the first appraisal of her health after more than 13 months in an Iranian prison, Omani officials said. Her mother said her 32-year-old daughter has serious medical problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells.
BP's Hayward defends safety:
LONDON -- Testifying before a British parliamentary committee, outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward said Wednesday he understood anger directed at the energy giant in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill but insisted his company had a strong safety record and was not solely to blame for the disaster.
Al-Qaida criticizes Pakistan:
CAIRO -- Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader on Wednesday made a thinly veiled call on Pakistanis to rise up against their government over what he said was the "failure" of authorities there to provide relief to flood victims. In a video posted on militant websites, Ayman al-Zawahri also accused the government of corruption.
Cuba criticizes Obama policy:
HAVANA -- Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Wednesday that President Barack Obama has missed a golden opportunity to improve relations, lamenting that nearly two years after he offered an olive branch to America's traditional foes, the U.S. leader has "not lived up to expectations."
U.S.-led troops advance:
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. and Afghan forces began advancing slowly Wednesday through the insurgent-filled district in southern Afghanistan that gave birth to the Taliban, treading ground where guerrilla fighters have roamed freely for years, the British general in charge of NATO troops here said.
U.S. warns of threat in Jordan:
AMMAN, Jordan -- The U.S. embassies in Jordan and Israel warned Americans Wednesday of a "possible imminent threat" in the Red Sea port of Aqaba and recommended avoiding the Jordanian resort city for the next 48 hours. Jordan tried to dampen fears of a terrorist threat, saying its own assessment differed.
Russia, Norway set border:
MOSCOW -- Russia and Norway agreed Wednesday on their maritime border in the energy-rich Barents Sea, ending a decades-long dispute. The nation's two leaders said after signing the deal it would strengthen stability in the region and enhance economic cooperation between the two neighbors.
Ahmadinejad rebukes threat:
TEHRAN, Iran -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized the threat of new sanctions against …