Karen DeYoung and Mike DeBonis / The Washington Post
A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to give Congress the power to review a potential Iran nuclear deal after a June 30 negotiating deadline, in a compromise with the White House that allows President Obama to avoid possible legislative disapproval of the pact before it can be completed.
Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari / The Hill
The Iraqi people need tremendous amount of help, the goodwill and positive role by the Western world along with International guarantees can help impose and affect real political solutions. Changes that will allow millions of Iraqis to rally behind it, peace and stability will then start flowing into Iraqi veins, the standard of living increases, national unity may actually become a reality. This offers the best chance to bring rapid demise to ISIS and to the Iranian backed terror militias.
Mark Magnier / The Wall Street Journal
China’s economy started the year on a downbeat note with its slowest quarterly growth rate since 2009, pointing to a further loss of momentum for the world’s second-largest economy.
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Karen DeYoung / The Washington Post
President Obama has decided to lift the U.S. designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, a decision that removes a principal impediment to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and accepts that Havana’s role as an agent of revolution has long since slipped into history.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday that the United States must play an important role in helping to solve the crisis in Ukraine while European resolve to come to a non-military solution remains strong.
The Straits Times
Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as “groundless” Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s warning that the Asian giant’s actions in the South China Sea should “engender fear for the rest of the world”.
British fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday in response to the sighting of two Russian military aircraft near UK airspace, hours after three Russian ships were monitored as they entered the English Channel.
Stew Magnuson / National Defense
Special Operations Command in 2013 introduced the world to its tactical assault light operator suit concept via a widely disseminated YouTube animated video of a hulking human figure bursting through a door as bullets pinged off its metallic skin.
The Associated Press / Asahi Shimbun
Japanese government said April 15 that the number of scrambles by the country’s warplanes has surged in recent years to levels nearly matching the Cold War era amid growing activity by China and Russia in the region.
Louisa Loveluck / The Telegraph
Yemen’s top Al Qaeda cleric, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee with a $5 million bounty on his head, has been killed.
Mohamed Mukashaf / Reuters
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo targeting the Iran-allied Houthi rebels who now control most of Yemen as battles in the south of the country intensified.
Rod Nordland / The New York Times
Iraq’s army looked good on paper when the Americans left, after one of the biggest training missions carried out under wartime conditions. But after that, senior Iraqi officers began buying their own commissions, paying for them out of the supply, food and payroll money of their troops. Corruption ran up and down the ranks; desertion was rife…
Sinan Salaheddin / The Huffington Post
The Islamic State group launched an offensive in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Wednesday, capturing three villages near the provincial capital of Ramadi and forcing villagers to flee from their homes as fierce clashes were underway between the extremists and government troops, residents said.
Sudarsan Raghavan / The Washington Post
Hundreds of foreign militants are fleeing a months-long Pakistani military offensive and seeking sanctuary in Afghanistan, bolstering the ranks of Taliban factions and triggering one of the bloodiest starts to the spring fighting season in years, according to Afghan officials and analysts.
Rebels fighting in southern Syria will not cooperate militarily with Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Timothy Cama / The Hill
Regulations at the center of President Obama’s climate change initiative face a crucial test this week when opponents will attempt to block them before they’re even made final.
Magdalena Mis / Reuters Africa
There will be enough water to produce food for 10 billion people in 2050, but over-consumption and the impact of climate change threaten food security and water supplies in many regions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.
Daniel J. Graeber / UPI
Russian oil company Lukoil said Wednesday it reopened its offices in Iran in anticipation of the full removal of economic sanctions.
Brazilian police arrested another four people in the political kickback investigation engulfing state-run oil company Petrobras on Wednesday and local media said they included Joao Vaccari, the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party.
Summer Said / The Wall Street Journal
The prospect of Iranian crude oil flooding the market and Saudi Arabia pumping at near-record levels could delay a recovery in an oil market slammed by a historic price collapse, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.
Dan Molinski / The Wall Street Journal
Roughnecks feel brunt of cuts as tumble in price of crude ripples through energy industry.
Frank Jordans / The Washington Post
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he is confident that the U.S. administration can conclude a nuclear deal with Iran after President Barack Obama agreed to sign legislation giving Congress the right to reject an agreement.
Parisa Hafezi and Sam Wilkin / Reuters
Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.
Karen DeYoung, Mike DeBonis, and Daniela Deane / The Washington Post
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran was negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, not the U.S. Congress, and called a Senate committee’s vote to give Congress the power to review any potential deal a domestic U.S. matter.
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