New York City's big-soda ban was championed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his successor Mayor Bill de Blasio, who vowed to fight a lower court's decision to overturn it while campaigning last year.
Mariam Ibrahim was sentenced to death in Sudan, then released, but detained again Tuesday as she attempted to fly from Sudan to the US. On Thursday, a lawyer confirmed Ibrahim had been released from police custody.
This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses President Obama's speech at West Point, the controversial remarks made by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Singapore, and Washington's 'hypocritical' complaints that Canada lacks a strategy to address environmental issues.
On Wednesday, the West warned Russia may face further punitive measures if it does not stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine. On Friday, Ukraine will sign a sweeping trade pack binding the country more closely to the EU.