The top commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, said in a report leaked to the Washington Post that he needs more troops or the war will "likely result in failure." But as pressure to end the war builds, President Obama appears reluctant to commit to raising troop levels and is reportedly exploring other options.
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted June 28, returned his country Monday and took up residence with some supporters at the Brazilian Embassy in the capital. Roberto Micheletti, who has occupied the presidency since the military coup, declared a round-the-clock curfew.
A new agreement expected to be announced today at the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh will make the G-20 the new permanent council on international economic cooperation, replacing the G8. This move highlights the growing economic importance of countries in Asia and Latin America.
The 64th session of the UN General Assembly saw 192 leaders from all over the world come together this week. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the need for global cooperation and the global threat of climate change. President Obama spoke for the first time at the Assembly, stating that the "world must move in a new direction". MADRE Executive Director Vivian Stromberg responded with an open letter to President Obama, stating that the success of his policies hinge on the integration of women's human rights.