Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:
-Ahead of Obama’s visit, Africans feel he hasn’t lived up to promises--Four years later, as Obama heads back to the continent Wednesday for a week-long trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, he can expect a welcome that is still warm and enthusiastic — but tinged with an unmistakable sense of disappointment after a first term that many Africans believe did not live up to Obama’s lofty promises, report David Nakamura and Sudarsan Raghavan.
-VIDEO: A new picture of Iraq
-After Snowden leak, critics of U.S. spy a chance to return rhetorical fire--It may be years before the full cost of Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks can be measured. But his disclosures about top-secret surveillance programs have already come at a price for the U.S. government: America’s foes have been handed an immensely powerful tool for portraying Washington as a hypocritical proponent of democratic values that it doesn’t abide by at home, reports Colum Lynch.
-WorldViews: Here’s what happens to asylum-seekers who stay in airport limbo indefinitely--We don’t know where in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport “transit zone” Edward Snowden is hiding out or what exactly his plans are. But if he intends to stay in the airport for a while – a former official with Russia’s immigration service suggested that he could stick around “indefinitely” – he’ll join a short but prominent list of politicized activists and refugees who have found themselves stranded in legal limbo between the arrival gate and customs, reports Caitlin Dewey.
-Saudi minister pledges aid for Syrian rebels facing ‘genocide’; Kerry more circumspect--Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said Tuesday that his country will help Syrian rebels “the most effective way we can” in response to what he called “genocide” perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Saud’s passionate language contrasted with Kerry’s restrained description of both the crisis and the potential remedy, reports Karen DeYoung.
-Taliban militants, wearing foreign uniforms, attack Afghan presidential compound--Insurgents launched a bold assault on the presidential palace compound in Afghanistan’s capital Tuesday morning, threatening to derail a critical stage in the country’s fragile peace process. All the militants, who were disguised in foreign military uniforms and carried fake documents, were killed in the attack, the Taliban said in a statement, some when they detonated explosives and others in a gun battle with security forces, report Sayed Salahuddin and Kevin Sieff.
OTHER TOP NEWS
-Donor bought Rolex watch for Virginia Gov. McDonnell, people familiar with gift say--A prominent political donor purchased a Rolex watch for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, according to two people with knowledge of the gift, and the governor did not disclose it in his annual financial filings. The $6,500 luxury watch was provided by wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the people said, report Carol Leonnig and Rosalind Helderman.
-Feinstein, NSA’S top congressional defender, has built respect over decades of service--A five-term California Democrat who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, Feinstein hardly needs to flex her muscles these days to command deference. On Sunday talk shows and from podiums around the Capitol, she’s playing the role of chief congressional defender of the surveillance program to skeptical colleagues and critics who say it’s Big Brother run amok. She is also one of the most senior members of the powerful Judiciary and Appropriations panels. Just as she is playing such high-profile roles, Feinstein, who turned 80 on Saturday, is blazing a new political trail as a symbol — an unwilling one — of the changing workplace, reports Emily Heil.
-Supreme Court says law doesn’t require custody for Indian father--For now, at least. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not command that custody of “Baby Veronica,” as she has become known, must remain with her birth father, Dusten Brown, with whom she has lived for the last 18 months of her life. The court sent the case back to lower courts and, as has been the case for all her young life, more judges will determine which of the adults who love Veronica will be allowed to care for her, reports Robert Barnes.
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-Small business lobbyists raise concerns as immigration bill nears approval in Senate--Quiet on the issue to this point, the National Federation of Independent Business has sent a letter to Senate leaders, urging them to address several “red flags” for small business owners in the chamber’s nearly finalized immigration package. The group took particular issue with the creation of a new Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research, which would measure worker shortages and adjust caps on employment-based visas, reports J.D. Harrison.