Turkey should close its border to ISIS
US President Barack Obama is reviewing a range of options to deal with the takeover of Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). One option is Turkey closing its “jihadist highway,” which has provided ISIS and other armed groups a lifeline in Syria.
U.N. climate talks fracture over future of carbon markets
Ben Garside / Reuters
The use of carbon markets to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions was dealt a blow on Sunday after two weeks of United Nations talks on designing and reforming the mechanisms ended in deadlock in Bonn, Germany.
Ukraine crisis: Russia halts gas supplies to Kiev
Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies to Kiev, in a major escalation of a dispute between the two nations. Both Gazprom and Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz company filed lawsuits against each other in the Stockholm arbitration institute.
Kerry: US open to working with Iran against extremists in Iraq
Olivier Knox / Yahoo News
Secretary of State John Kerry cautiously signalled on Monday that the United States would be open to cooperating with Iran militarily in Iraq to beat back al Qaida-inspired fighters who pose an “existential” danger to that war-torn country and may look to target Europe and the United States.
Moon Power: China’s Pursuit of Lunar Helium-3
Fabrizio Bozzato / The Diplomat
Powering an economy the size of China’s, especially by mid-century, solely by burning massive quantities of finite fossil fuels and relying on conventional nuclear power is not a viable option. For this reason, China is devoting considerable resources to the most futuristic and elusive of unconventional energies: nuclear fusion.
Dozens Killed as Militants Attack Kenyan Town
Isma’il Kushkush and Dan Bilefsky / The New York Times
In Nairobi, Kenya, at least 48 people were killed after dozens of militants attacked a Kenyan coastal town overnight, targeting a police station and two hotels. The government blamed a Somali extremist group, the Shabab.
Religious Riots Kill 3 Muslims in Sri Lanka
Voice of America
Authorities say clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have killed three Muslims, and wounded at least 75 people in southern Sri Lanka.
Pakistan Military Wages Assault Against Militants
Ismail Khan and Declan Walsh / The New York Times
Ending years of hesitation, Pakistan’s military on Sunday said it was launching a major military operation against the Pakistani Taliban and allied foreign militants at their main base in the tribal belt along the Afghan border.
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