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.
The announcement follows a six-month review prompted by sharp criticism of the Obama Administration by some victims' relatives, who said they had been threatened with prosecution if they tried to raise money to pay a ransom.
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US President Barack Obama smiles after being asked whether the events of the past few days constituted his 'best week,' as he and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday.
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.
Some regional analysts heard President Obama’s comment as a warning to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that greater international assistance in the fight against Islamic State depends on steps to build a more inclusive government.
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.