In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
What will happen to Edward Snowden after a year of asylum in Russia? He is apparently negotiating his return. But the Ukraine crisis is decreasing Obama's room to maneuver while US media interest is waning.
Central American leaders have pledged to support Washington in efforts to stem the flow of migrants, particularly children, into the US. The White House has said minors with no proper claim to stay will be repatriated.
Promising growth, investments and jobs, Narendra Modi's government has presented its inaugural budget. But experts say it provided little in the way of specifics on a number of key issues.
Despite being knocked out of the World Cup, Brazil is still in the spotlight. The country is about to host the BRICS summit, where it wants to change global monetary policy with Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
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