Iraqi PM wants US weapons; North Korea accused of "gross human rights violations"; Assad regime reportedly using starvation as tactic; Obama orders NSA to curb spying on UN headqurters; and more 

Top of the Agenda: Iraqi PM Maliki Seeks U.S.

US and Russia work on deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons programme; North Korea may have restarted nuclear reactor; Japan raises sales tax to ease country's debt; suicide bomber kills 35 in Iraq; teachers clash with police in Mexico; and more

Top of the Agenda: U.S., Russia Seek Deal on Syrian Weapons

The disastrous American led invasion of Iraq is exactly why the West should intervene now in Syria. Those who protested against the illegal war in Iraq should be calling on the UN and civilized countries to take action under international law

The Iraq invasion and subsequent fiasco is what happens when you do nothing for too long. 

If the West had intervened in 1988 when Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds at Halabja, the 1991 war and the 2003 invasion of Iraq may never have happened. 

Iraq could plunge into sectarian war; Chinese president Xi Jinping meets with Obama; seven Muslims sentenced to jail for killing Buddhist monk in Burma; Pakistan's new PM wants to have talks with Taliban; Ireland denies helping Apple save billions in taxes; and more

Top of the Agenda: Iraq Sectarian Violence Escalates

The Republican attack on Obama's pick for Secretary of Defence is a particularly blatant example of why the outcome of the 2012 US election was so important for the world. Second term Obama will not be perfect, but the alternative would have been catastrophic.  

Having watched the US Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for America’s next Secretary of Defence, and having watched the political spinning on the weekend talk shows that followed, it is clear that a core of the Republican Party cares more about its own vanity than the direction - politically, fiscally or militarily - of the United States, let alnoe the rest of us.