FROM Shivam Vij
Dispute over Indian Diplomat Continues The US Embassy in New Delhi is under siege by protesters over the handcuffing and strip-search of Indian consular official Devyani Khobragade when she was arrested in New York City on charges of underpaying her housekeeper and lying about it on a visa application. US officials are divided about the case, and it's turned into an international incident. Secretary of State John Kerry has conceded that "certain courtesies were not extended." But the US Attorney in New York, Preet Bharara, says he's sworn to uphold the law even against what he called the "powerful, rich or connected." The Indian government says the real dispute is between the consular official and the housekeeper.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."