Amidst rising civil unrest in Nigeria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry flew there this weekend to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his challenger in the upcoming Nigerian presidential election to discuss the vote and discourage violence from each party’s supporters, and also to enhance cooperation in the fight against Islamist terrorism.
President Obama held out hope Sunday for a political solution to the burgeoning crisis in Yemen, where Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels have overrun the capital of Sanaa and upset U.S. operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a particularly dangerous wing of the Sunni terrorist group.
The U.S. will not pay ransoms or swap prisoners to satisfy the Islamic State and spring hostages from their grip in Iraq and Syria, President Obama’s chief of staff said Sunday, as Japan mourned the apparent beheading of one of its citizens at the hands of the terrorist group.
Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said.
President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India’s prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.
The White House condemned Saturday a video purportedly showing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State.
Japanese officials early on Sunday condemned a new video showing the execution of one of its citizens held captive by the Islamic State group. They demanded the immediate release of another captive shown in the video.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support.
President Obama will cut short his trip to India, traveling instead to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the new king, the White House said Saturday.
Secretary of State John Kerry will said Friday he plans to visit Nigeria “in a couple of days” ahead of the nation’s upcoming elections.