Following up on a promise by then President Barack Obama in 2009 that he wanted to close the prison at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, President Joe Biden has ordered a review with the same intent. Obama’s plan was thwarted by domestic political opposition and Biden’s announcement drew some immediate criticism.


A proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to legally designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups is on hold at the behest of his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “We thank President Trump for respecting our decisions and for choosing to maintain a policy of good neighbourliness, a policy of cooperation with us,” the Mexican leader says. Trump says he would step up “joint efforts to deal decisively” with the cartels.


On the eve of the NATO Summit in London this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for closer ties with Russia. After talks in Paris with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Macron says new talks with the Kremlin are vital to European security and he is pushing for European involvement in U.S.-Russia talks about a replacement for the U.S.-Russia Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.