Top news: In a speech at the National Defense University, U.S. President Barack Obama attempted to address criticism of his administration's antiterrorist efforts, announcing that he would cut back on the use of armed drones and again attempt to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Obama also called on Congress to pass a new Authorization to Use Military Force against al Qaeda. "Unless we discipline our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don't need to fight, or continue to grant Presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states."
Obama was at one point heckled by Madea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, who called on Obama to close Guantanamo Bay immediately and criticized the 2011 killing of U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki by a U.S. drone in Yemen.
"The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to," Obama said in response. "Obviously I do not agree with much of what she said, and obviously she wasn't listening to me and much of what I said. But these are tough issues, and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong."
Breaking: Britain has deployed fighter jets to escort a Pakistani passenger plane that was diverted from Manchester.
- The British government is reviewing security procedures in the wake of Wednesday's killing of a soldier in southeast London.
- The European parliament passed a resolution limiting the scope of an eventual trade deal with the United States.
- IMF chief Christine Lagarde was back in court for another round of interrogation over a 2008 business dispute.
- Pumping stopped at Yemen's main oil pipeline after an attack by militants.
- Secretary of State John Kerry held a round of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
- Russia's foreign ministry says that Syria has agreed to participate in a round of international peace talks.
- Several large explosions were reported in central Kabul.
- A North Korean envoy visiting China has reportedly agreed to a new round of talks.
- At least 13 police officers were killed in a bombing near Quetta, Pakistan.
- Dozens of people were killed in two suicide bombings in Niger.
- At least four were killed at an opposition protest in Guinea.
- The African Union has reportedly backed a request for the International Criminal Court to drop charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
- The Farc has denied taking part in the kidnapping of two Spanish tourists in Colombia.
- Ecuador's only space satellite has apparently crashed into debris.
- A Canadian businessman went on trial for corruption in Cuba.
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