Obama Administration Eases Sanctions on Sudan

Families displaced by fighting in South Sudan / AP

The Obama administration’s decision to loosen certain sanctions on Sudan’s government—which is accused of genocide and supporting terrorism—is drawing sharp criticism from some who say that the sale of communications hardware and software to the country will enable government surveillance of citizens.

China to Increase Defense Spending

Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to announce a boost in defense spending next month, even as funding for the U.S. military remains a low priority for the Obama administration.