Monday's global agenda: State Department to unveil plans for DR Congo

In other news

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world with his decision to step down, the first pope to do so in 600 years. [The New York Times]

Iran and Hezbollah are building a network of militias in Syria for the day Bashar Assad falls. [The Washington Post]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPoll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger Russian attacks on America require bipartisan response from Congress Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case MORE (D-N.J.) urged the Department of Homeland Security last month to reject plans to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic. [The New York Times]

Lobbying and regulations:

The State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation has imposed sanctions on TM Services Limited and Scientific and Industrial Republic Unitary Enterprise of Belarus; BST Technology and Trade Company, China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, Dalian Sunny Industries, Karl Lee, Poly Technologies Incorporated of China; Iran Electronics Industries, Marine Industries Organization, and Milad Jafari of Iran; Al-Zargaa Engineering Complex and SMT Engineering of Sudan; Army Supply Bureau of Syria; and Venezuelan Military Industry Company of Venezuela for violation of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act.

Dalian Sunny Industries and Li Fangwei (Karl Lee) of China and the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group and Shahid Sattari Ground Equipment Industries of Iran are being sanctioned for engaging in proliferation activities.

And the State Department is imposing missile sanctions on Dalian Sunny Industries and Li Fangwei of China for violating the Arms Export Control Act.

VisitDenmark is working for the Danish Tourist Board on: “A taste of Denmark campaign with Saveur Magazine promoting Denmark as a great gourmet food destination; BIKE campaign promoting Denmark as a bicycle friendly country with bike lanes all over the cities and countrysides; Orbitz and Expedia campaigns with focus on Denmark as a green, friendly place to visit with great food and shopping; Here Media campaign also focusing on mainly Copenhagen as a great getaway with restaurants, shopping, design and old world charm.”

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