• President Obama's nominee for defense secretary held up over fresh concerns about his paid speeches and business dealings.

    In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo Republican Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services committee.
    LAST UPDATE : Feb 06, 2013, 8:29 PM EST
  • In this July 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    First trip to Israel as president not expected to produce a breakthrough on reviving the Palestinian peace process.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 07, 2013, 12:31 AM EST
  • Syrian man carries his sister who was wounded in a government airstrike hit the neighborhood of Ansari, in Aleppo, Syria.

    Despite vows to retaliate, precarious military position of crumbling regime makes a muscular response next to impossible.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 04, 2013, 3:25 PM EST
  • Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., center, flanked by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left.

    Despise a disasterous start to confirmation hearings, Obama administration seems to think former GOP senator can be confirmed as defense secretary.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 01, 2013, 5:57 PM EST
  • The two leaders -- who are known for their mutual distrust and generally pained relationship -- spoke by phone Monday.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 28, 2013, 6:17 PM EST