While the president has the authority to strike Syria even if Congress disagrees, it is "neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him," White House national security adviser Tony Blinken tells NPR.
President Obama is trying to win congressional support for a limited military strike on Syria. Democrat Rep. Joe Manchin of W. Va. says Washington must "exhaust all diplomatic options" before it acts. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken tells Steve Inskeep he believes all options have been exhausted.
Iran has told militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and other American interests if the U.S. hits military targets in Syria, The Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, President Obama continues to lobby world leaders for support of taking action against the Assad regime.
The new chairman of the Reserve Bank of India infused a sense of much-needed optimism this week, but analysts say the exuberance is unlikely to last. India's economic growth has crashed, its currency has plunged and prices are up. After a decade of high growth rates, India is now the sick man of Asia.
Some G-20 members are worried the Federal Reserve will soon scale back the quantitative easing measures that helped to stimulate the U.S. economy during the Great Recession. An end to those policies might have a severe impact on countries such as Indonesia, which have benefited from the global economic growth that quantitative easing caused.
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