Tuesday's global agenda: US shifts gears in Mexican drug fight

Separately, Burma's leaders announced they had released 514 prisoners ahead of President Thein Sein's visit to the United Nations this month. [Wall Street Journal].

In other news

U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been ordered to significantly scale back on-the-ground operations with Afghan military and police forces after a spike in insider attacks. [The Washington Post]

Relations between the United States and China are coming under renewed strain. [The Wall Street Journal]

France has opened an investigation to identify the organizers of a protest outside the U.S. Embassy over the weekend. [The New York Times]

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