Ahmadinejad sworn in as Iran president

TEHRAN, Iran - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in to a second presidential term Wednesday with a call for the divided nation to 'join hands,' but it was greeted by protests in the streets and snubs inside Iran's parliament.

The oath-taking ceremony capped a cycle of outrage over claims of massive fraud in the June 12 elections and moved Iran into a new phase: A weakened leadership facing a wider opposition that includes powerful clerics and internal splits among conservatives.

The political fissures raise serious questions about Iran's ability to make policy decisions on looming issues such as offers for talks with Washington and efforts to mend ties with European trade partners.

New head tells Afghans that NATO will 'finish the job'

KABUL - NATO's new secretary-general pledged Wednesday that the alliance would remain in Afghanistan despite flagging support in many nations from voters anxious over rising deaths among civilians and Western forces.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen flew to Kabul to meet with politicians and military leaders two days after taking control of an alliance that is struggling to maintain its cohesion and relevance as it battles Taliban insurgents thousands of miles from Europe.

'I can assure you and the Afghan people that we will stay and support you for as long as it takes to finish our job,' the former Danish prime minister told Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a joint press conference in the capital, Kabul.

Officials: Taliban chief's wife killed by missile strike

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A suspected U.S. missile strike killed a wife of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud at his father-in-law's house Wednesday, Pakistani intelligence and military officials said.

Mehsud associates acknowledged a woman was killed but would not confirm her identity. They said Mehsud was not at the South Waziristan home during the attack, which authorities said also killed a second person.

The missile strike could indicate that American intelligence aimed at tracking down the notorious Taliban leader is getting sharper, and that those hunting him are getting closer.