The president had previously said he hopes gay Americans win medals in Sochi.
The European Union asked Israel on Tuesday to refrain from announcing any new plans for settlements on the West Bank, warning it could be responsible for failed peace talks.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declined Tuesday to commit to a vote on a tougher Iran sanctions bill in January when Congress returns from its Christmas recess.
Americans in South Sudan are advised to “depart immediately."
India acted out of revenge for the arrest of a diplomat in New York last week.
The Pentagon is considering whether to begin a large-scale training mission with Libya, in an effort to help stabilize the security situation in the country.
The plan under consideration by the White House would have U.S. forces train nearly 8,000 Libyan troops, molding them into a "general purpose" force designed to tackle missions ranging from counter terrorism to basic security operations.
This designation does not “generally target the Government of Burma,” the department said.
Snowden said he is willing to help Brazil investigate NSA spying, but needs asylum to do so.
The Senate voted 78-16 Monday to confirm Anne Patterson to be assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
The Senate is also expected to confirm the nomination of Jeh Johnson to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security later Monday.
The Defense secretary stressed that U.S. missile defense efforts “pose no threat to Russia.”