This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses Canada's relations with the US, why Pakistan wants Hillary Clinton to be the next president, the role of the US in Iraq, the relations between the US and China over North Korea, and the politics surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
In a move that seemed to set back US-brokered Middle East peace talks further, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his cabinet ministers and their ministry directors to cut off contact with their Palestinian counterparts. Some lower level contact will continue.
Endorsing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's postion, the Arab League on Sunday rejected the concept of Israel as 'Jewish State.' The US is asking Abbas to concede this point as part of a framework agreement to extend Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
A UN human rights report sharply criticized the Vatican for allowing policies that allowed tens of thousands of children to be abused by priests. No Catholic bishop has ever been sanctioned by the Vatican for sheltering an abusive priest, the report noted.