* U.S. willing to leave 10,000 troops in Iraq past year's end, officials say The White House is prepared to keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of the year.
* US and Russia stir up political tensions over Arctic The seventh ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in May looked set be a mundane affair.
* Security Council to Discuss 'Palestine' This Month The UN Security Council plans to discuss this month the possibility of Palestine becoming a United Nations member state.
* Russia to Spend $730 Billion on New Weapons Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced his government plans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons modernization by 2020.
* Opposition: Muslim Brotherhood helping military suppress unrest in Egypt Muslim Brotherhood operatives have been recruited to attack pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt.
* Triangle of hunger batters millions Africa's Horn Thousands of families are walking for days in search of food in a triangle of hunger where the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia meet.
* Amnesty accuses Syria of crimes against humanity Amnesty International has called for a UN-backed investigation into the violence in Syria.
* Half of TVs to Have Internet Connectivity by 2015 About 47 percent of total flat-panel televisions shipped in four years will have Internet connectivity.
* Qaddafi Seeks Exit Guarantees: Russian Envoy Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi will have to receive security guarantees to relinquish his four decades of rule over the North African nation.
* Greece faces 'massive' loss of sovereignty Eurozone finance ministers over the weekend staved off looming bankruptcy in Greece by agreeing to release the next tranche of aid to the country.