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Only at The Washington Times: Nicholas Kralev discusses diplomacy around the world.

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Americans text $31,000 in donations to Pakistan

On the day of the "American Idol" finale last month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked Americans to send donations via text messaging to Pakistani refugees fleeing heavy fighting between government and Taliban forces in the country's Swat Valley.

U.S. seeks seat on U.N. human rights body

The Obama administration on Tuesday reversed yet another Bush administration policy by deciding to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has been criticized repeatedly for being too hard on Israel while ignoring abuses in Sudan, Syria, Iran, Cuba and other countries.