The US State Department released its annual human rights survey, spotlighting dire conditions in North Korea, China, Zimbabwe, and the former USSR. The US vowed to heed international concerns about its own record.
In an address to Congress on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama pledged to act "swiftly and aggressively" to restore the flow of credit to US households and businesses, calling it the "lifeblood" of the nation's economy.
President Barack Obama nominated Gary Locke (pictured), the first Chinese-American US governor, as commerce secretary. Two earlier candidates for the post were forced to withdraw from consideration amid controversy.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that big banks could survive the financial crisis without being nationalised. He expressed optimism for a relatively swift recovery, causing markets to jump slightly on Tuesday.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso (pictured) will be the first foreign leader to meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington as the men at the helm of the world's two largest economies seek out solutions to the global financial crisis.