– North Korea is preparing for a long-range rocket launch in the next week and, according to the South Korean government, may be “on its way to another grave provocation” by conducting a third nuclear test in the near future.
– The U.S. agreed to hand over control of special operations missions to Afghan forces, including night raids, resolving one of the most contentious issues as the U.S. and Afghanistan move forward with a comprehensive partnership agreement that will establish the role of America support for the Afghan government after the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline.
– Iran’s official English-language news service Press TV reported that Iranian officials have agreed to begin talks with the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany over its nuclear program in Istanbul, Turkey this Friday.
– Iran’s nuclear chief signaled Tehran may offer a compromise at nuclear talks later this week in which Iran would cease the production of its most highly enriched uranium but not abandon its ability to make nuclear fuel.
– The U.N.-brokered peace plan for Syria appeared close to collapse on Sunday as Syrian authorities demanded a written guarantee from rebels that they will lay down their arms before the government withdraws its troops from cities and towns.
– Syrian government forces fired across the Turkish border on Sunday night, wounding three people near one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and further lowering expectations for a cease-fire scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday.
– Homelessness and economic struggles are escalating among female veterans, whose numbers have grown during the past decade of U.S. wars while resources for them haven’t kept up.