U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to safeguard the U.S. and other nations from North Korea's nuclear threats. He asked the country "to end the kind of belligerent approach that they've been taking and to try to lower temperatures." Separately, U.S. intelligence reports suggest that North Korea can launch nuclear-armed missiles.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday to discuss Syria and North Korea. Ban thanked Obama for "his government's generous support on this humanitarian assistance" in Syria.
The Group of Eight ministers declared using sexual violence and rape as weapons of war to be "one of the greatest and most persistent injustices in the world," says U.K. Foreign Minister William Hague. The G8 is allotting $35.5 million in funding to combat rape.
Ghana's economic progress is being put at risk by lack of water, writes Moses Mozart Dzawu. "Although water shortages have long plagued parts of the continent, they've become the potential killer of Africa's economic takeoff," Dzawu writes.
Group of Eight ministers are meeting this week in London to discuss Iran's nuclear program, the war in Syria and North Korea's nuclear threats, write Natalie Huet and Arshad Mohammed. The U.K. is particularly interested in finding a political solution for Syria.