Claimed by Lebanon and occupied by Israel, it will get new attention as the two countries' last remaining major dispute if a Hezbollah-Israeli prisoner swap is successful.
Russia says that the proposed US defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, an initial agreement for which was inked this week, is targeting Russia, not rogue states.
The 20-month-old channel expands its global audience but barely penetrates US market.
Its support for halving emissions by 2050 is seen as useful for future negotiations.
Millions in aid money intended to help war refugees is also helping improve Jordan's beleaguered infrastructure.
Optimistic comments from the Iranian foreign minister suggest that an accord with West may yet be reached.