The flood of Syrian refugees entering Turkey – as many as 5,000 a day for the last 10 days – has ratcheted up the pressure for a safe zone’s creation. But a safe zone is complicated and carries many risks.
The natural gas trade is both Brussels' biggest weapon and biggest vulnerability. But a trade war with Moscow would be costly in other ways too.
European officials say the two sides are nearing an agreement that would include reduced presidential powers and early elections in December.
While the EU's first joint operation in six years is modest – neither Britain nor Germany is likely to join – it is a potential milestone for European military coordination.
France says its hard-line stance on Iran led to a tougher deal it could accept, but there was also likely too much momentum toward a deal for France to object.
But while Russia put the blame for the nuclear talks' failure on an unnamed Western nation, its experts say a diplomatic solution for Iran's nuclear ambitions remains likely.
If anything, Congress wants to ramp up sanctions against Iran, not soften them, asserting that only more economic hardship can persuade Tehran to dismantle its nuclear program.
French objections helped block talks that appeared close to a preliminary deal. Kerry warned each day of delay meant 'Iran will continue to enrich, and Iran will continue to put centrifuges in.'
France stalled a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program. France is concerned that a draft of a first-step deal was too favorable to Iran. Talks continued in Geneva Saturday. .
A few days after celebrating the release of four hostages seized in Niger, France – and its president – are now mourning two journalists killed by militants in Mali.
On Sunday, divers began again recovering the bodies of hundreds of African migrants who drowned last week when a boat packed with 500 people caught fire and capsized near Sicily.