Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

President Barack Obama cancels talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yemen claims it foiled a terror plot. And the U.S. extends embassy closures in the Middle East and North Africa. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The Obama administration is stepping up drone strikes on Yemeni al-Qaida operatives. The White House warned some U.S. embassies could remain closed for another month as the al-Qaida terror threat escalates. President Barack Obama canceled a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin following tensions over NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham visited Egypt and urged its military to release opposition leaders. McCain called the ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a “coup,” a move that contradicts the White House. And Syrian President Bashar al-Assad escaped injury as rebels attacked his convoy. A panel of journalists join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Thom Shanker

Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times and co-author of "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda."

Courtney Kube

national security producer for NBC News.

Hisham Melhem

Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya News Channel.

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