The United Nations launched its largest humanitarian aid request ever today, asking for $12.9 billion on behalf of 500 organizations - $6.5 billion of which would address problems from the Syrian conflict. The UN is trying to persuade China, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to contribute more (especially as the United States and Europe have been struggling with domestic economic crises), but its fundraising goals are rarely met.
Six countries negotiated last week on a short-term deal with Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program. The P5+1 group is expected to reconvene next week to discuss it's implementation.
Calls changes "no big deal;" no timetable set.
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