Muamar Orabi can tell Secretary of State John Kerry how hard it is to make progress in the Holy Land. The top U.S. diplomat has been pushing since February to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Orabi is just trying to broadcast news reports in the Palestinian territories.
Talks between the presidents of Vietnam and China, their first meeting since China’s leadership change, will focus on bolstering economic ties even as tensions rise over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
A lawyer for a son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi asked the International Criminal Court for “an urgent ruling” on a Libyan government appeal to try Saif al-Islam Qaddafi in Libya instead of the Hague.
The British and Irish Lions lost to provincial opposition for the first time since 1997 as their perfect rugby tour record ended with a 14-12 defeat to the ACT Brumbies four days before the series opener against Australia.
Ever since Standard & Poor’s stripped the U.S. of its AAA credit rating almost two years ago, the unemployment rate has fallen, household wealth has reached a record and the budget deficit is shrinking. More downgrades may be coming, anyway.
President Barack Obama campaigned for Democrat Edward Markey in the U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts, telling supporters in Boston that the veteran lawmaker will continue the state’s legacy of sending “tough” and “smart” leaders to Washington.
Lawmakers demanded the prosecution of a former contractor who revealed details of government surveillance, as officials braced for possible further disclosures of U.S. intelligence secrets and Congress prepared for hearings about the program and breaches of security.