Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sits down with President Obama at the White House Tuesday after a year of personal efforts by President Obama to address the issue of NSA spying on US friends and allies.
Under such an authorization, EU countries could destroy the boats that smugglers are using to ferry thousands of migrants to southern Europe. EU officials have said only vessels with no passengers would be targeted.
This weekend, the G7 meets in Germany, with Ukraine and Russia’s behavior expected to figure prominently on the agenda. Also, EU countries will be deciding whether sanctions imposed on Russia over actions in Ukraine should be renewed.
Such steps will be necessary to reduce the appeal of Islamic State in Sunni-majority areas, many say. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will present his plan for retaking Anbar province at a Paris meeting Tuesday.
The Sunni-Shiite divide has hardened as Shiites have consolidated power – creating the conditions for Islamic State to seize Ramadi earlier this month. A US strategy from 2006 might point to one way of narrowing the gap.
The increasingly acrimonious standoff between the world’s major nuclear-weapons powers and dozens of non-weapons states has been playing out at the monthlong NPT review conference winding up at the UN this week.
Shiite militias are moving in with the blessing of some Sunnis – raising the prospect that a combination of Shiite militiamen, Sunni tribesmen, and government forces could retake Ramadi from the Islamic State.