After the G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland, President Obama travels to Germany to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Renee Montagne talks to Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, about the magazine's upcoming cover story on Germany and its failure to take a leadership role in the European Union.
Syria's civil war is expected to be a central issue as the U.S. president meets with the world's other major powers. Obama's decision last week to send weapons to the Syrian rebels is supported by Britain and France, but not by Russia.
Hasan Rowhani, a midranking cleric, has been a politician since the 1979 revolution. He backed a violent crackdown against the pro-democracy student movement in 1999. But during the campaign, he appeared as the most charismatic and pragmatic of all the candidates.
There is no more graphic example of the daunting challenges facing Pakistan's new prime minister than the bloody events playing out in the west of his nation. The fractured country is as threatened as ever by forces committed to its destruction.
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