Brad Lendon / CNN
The U.S. Air Force could be sending some of its most advanced warplanes to Europe in a show of force against Russian actions in Ukraine and elsewhere around the continent, the service’s top civilian said Monday
Nasser al-Wuhayshi was a major global figure among jihadists – even supporters of al-Qaeda’s rival Islamic State viewed Wuhayshi with respect. His death is no doubt a big blow for AQAP – but it seems to have been prepared for this moment, swiftly naming another highly influential figure, Qasim al-Raymi, to succeed him.
Michael Muskal / LA Times
The Obama administration this week will continue to wrestle with reluctant congressional Democrats seeking a compromise to advance the president’s hoped-for legacy of expanding trading relations with Asia.
Lefteris Papadimas and Erik Kirschbaum / Reuters
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lashed out at Greece’s creditors on Tuesday, accusing them of trying to “humiliate” Greeks, as he defied a drumbeat of warnings that Europe is preparing for his country to leave the euro.
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Chun Han Wong / The Wall Street Journal
China said it is shifting work on disputed South China Sea islets from the dredging of land to the construction of military and other facilities as it pushes forward with a program that has aggravated tensions with the U.S. and neighbors.
Madison Park / CNN
The newspaper described the rockets as “highly intelligent” that detected and hit “enemy” warships in the drill. And it reported that Kim “appreciated their high concentrated firing” and apparently remarked that “shells seemed to have eyes.”
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters
Turkey accused Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Tuesday of driving out civilians in areas it occupies and said it saw signs of “a kind of ethnic cleansing”.
David Leonhardt / New York Times
The financial crisis and recession made Americans more worried about the immediate condition of the economy, rather than about the long-term condition of the planet. About 69 percent of adults say that global warming is either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, according to a new Pew Research Center poll, up from 63 percent in 2010.
Gregory Korte / USA Today
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says many investors see the risks associated with climate change are using their investments in clean energy “as a way to reduce risk in other parts of their portfolio.”
Laura Rozen / U.S. News & World Report
With negotiators from Iran and six world powers locked down in Vienna, almost continuously trying to meet the June 30 deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has started holding a series of classified briefings and open hearings to prepare members to evaluate a prospective deal next month.
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