The US Pentagon is to announce it will lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat. The policy change will open up thousands of jobs to women who have been kept out from frontline positions and elite commandos.
China's arrest and imprisonment of five women fighting for greater equality - and its threat to put them on trial - is disproportionate, writes DW columnist Frank Sieren.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in Washington to discuss America's future military presence. The talks come as a suspected CIA drone strike killed nine along the Pakistani border.
Saudi-led warplanes have launched more airstrikes in Yemen, as both sides call for talks but press on with military action. The World Health Organization has said the death toll since March has topped 1,000.
Beijing has planned a 10 percent increase to its military budget. The rise in funding is to facilitate the modernization of China's defense capabilities.