Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov, now president of the Russian International Affairs Council, has joined his American counterparts at the Council on Foreign Relations in calling for political and economic "convergence" between Russia and the EU.
Separate leaders of the M23 rebels issued contradictory statements indicating that they would either withdraw from the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), or fight to hold the city. M23 took control of Goma, which has a population of one million, on November 20.
In a statement released Monday, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) offered a solution to the violence in Gaza and Israel.
At a meeting last week in Cambodia chaired by President Obama, leaders from all the countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) approved a motion to set the end of 2013 as an informal deadline for the completion of the TPP in preparation for the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).
On November 7, 2012, the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to approve a final round of talks on the arms trade treaty, and an arms-ban treaty moved forward despite supposed reservations by Hillary Clinton.