Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says the death of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi was as tragic as that of US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
Obama's decision meets a pledge he made on a visit to Afghanistan to upgrade Kabul to a security status given to only a limited number of US partners.
Israel and the United States oppose full UN membership for Palestine, saying the only way to create a state is through negotiations.
The US called on countries to stop buying Syrian oil and gas to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Japanese, South Korean and United States foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy towards an increasingly provocative North Korea.
The US government said on Monday it deeply regretted the release of any classified information and would tighten security.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday offered North Korea a peace treaty, normal ties and aid if it eliminates its nuclear arms programme.
The United States will defend its allies against Iranian aggression, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a flying viisit to Beirut, said on Monday she wanted to back Lebanon's democratic institutions.
Contract workers for the United States State Department improperly viewed Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama's passport records three times this year in what his campaign called "an outrageous breach" of his privacy. The incidents, which occurred on January 9, February 21 and March 14, were quickly reported to lower-level State Department officials.