The Obama administration kicked off a new program Wednesday that's designed to help up to 9 million borrowers stay in their homes through refinanced mortgages or loans that are modified to lower monthly payments.
Hoping to vault over the frozen credit markets and directly reach consumers and businesses, the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled a $200 billion plan they hope will spur up to $1 trillion in new lending.
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Health and Human Services Department has a history of bucking the insurance industry, which faces the biggest hit under Obama's initial health care reform plan. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius gets her introduction to the reform debate at a White House summit Obama will call to order on Thursday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will embark on a wide-ranging African tour next week in a bid to shore up Congo's struggling peacekeeping mission, show support for victims of war in Congo and Rwanda and press for progress on climate change.
Zimbabwe tried to combat the world's highest inflation by widening the use of foreign currency Wednesday, the first act of a coalition government that gave the longtime opposition control of much economic policy.