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.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has addressed both houses of the US Congress, making him the first Japanese prime minister in history to do so. In his speech he offered "eternal condolences" for Japan's actions in World War II.
Saudi King Salman's last-minute cancellation has overshadowed US President Barack Obama's summit with the Gulf states. The Saudis are responding to Obama's rapprochement with Iran. Gero Schliess reports from Washington.
The pope will be stopping by Cuba en route to the United States, where he will address Congress and the United Nations. The pontiff's visit may serve as a diplomatic push for progress between Washington and Havana.
Only the ruling monarchs of Kuwait and Qatar are to attend this week's Gulf Summit at Camp David with President Barack Obama. Saudi Arabia and three other GCC members are sending lesser delegates.