A decade after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, wartime assumptions about the extent of American influence in Iraq have waned. Now, as Iraq struggles in a fledgling democracy, some former U.S. officials say the country still needs American help. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.
Japan's decision to join ongoing trade talks between Asia and North and South America leaves only China among the region's large economies outside the deal to expand markets. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.