U.S. military says more troops needed in Afghanistan, or “failure.” (WaPo)

Shadowed by the West’s presence in the country, Afghan women see tougher times ahead — even with a fallen Taliban. (Al Jazeera)

Obama will switch gears from healthcare to climate change before the U.N. today, and at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh later in the week. Deep breath. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, the president tackles another ambitious front: deep cuts in the U.S.’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. (Guardian)

New York Governor Paterson plans to run in 2010, despite popularity concerns from the White House and, erm, everyone else. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE WATCH: Scientists warn that most of the world’s river deltas — like the Colorado, Nile, Pearl, Rhone and Yangtze — are seen sinking over the next 40 years, threatening millions of lives. (BBC)

To further complicate things, oil giant Total warns that the economic downturn may lead to global oil shortages due to a lack of investment in reserves. (BBC)

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