Sunday Headlines

Radicalized Groups Make Gains In Iraq, Eye Jordan As Next Front
As Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to the Middle East, the terrorist group ISIS captured three towns in western Iraq on Saturday. Their military success, however, overshadowed a threat made by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that it had its eyes on Jordan.

The National reports that the former Al Qaeda affiliate announced it would “soon bring the Islamic state” to “brothers in Jordan” and has invested more than $3 million into the country in the past month for “recruitment” purposes.

“The situation in Iraq and in particular on our eastern border with this country is a source of concern for everyone,” said Jordanian MP Bassam Manaseer in response to reports that ISIL has opened a clandestine office in Jordan.

Britain Raises Concerns About Jihadists Returning Home Cressida Dick, London’s Metropolitan Police’s assistant commissioner, cautioned that Britain could be dealing with the repercussions of the Syrian war for many years.

She told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “I’m afraid I believe that we will be living with the consequences of Syria – from a terrorist point of view, let alone the world, geopolitical consequences – for many, many, many years to come.”

According to London’s Daily Telegraph, British police have made 65 Syria-related arrests over the last 18 months, and it also has been learned that approximately 500 Britons had travelled to Syria and Iraq this year.

Is A Piecemeal Approach Better In Confronting Climate?
After failing to achieve any progress in enacting a global plan to tackle environmental concerns, international negotiators are planning a new approach – encourage individual nations to design their own initiatives.

“Architects of the new pact are looking for ways to set the world’s economies on a path toward zero net greenhouse-gas emissions in the second half of this century. Their approach this time: no mandates for economy-wide emissions cuts; no torturous, drawn-out ratification processes; and peer pressure – at least initially – as a key enforcer,” reports The Christian Science Monitor.

However, the key challenge to any comprehensive plan is that few of the world’s major polluters have expressed no desire to participate.

Canada recently withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol and presently, the countries with binding targets account for only about 13 to 14 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions.

Is Foreign Educational Exchange Impacting US-China Relations?
Anthony Chang of The Diplomat looks at whether US-China relations can be bolstered by students in both nations studying abroad.

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