US President Barack Obama has been meeting with leading lawmakers to push for Congressional support of military action against Syria.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
In a surprising escalation of tensions over an ongoing political crisis, Trump has raised the prospect of military action in Venezuela. The Pentagon has said the White House has not issued any orders to the military.
Former US diplomat Daniel Fried, who coordinated sanctions in the Obama administration, talked to DW about the US Congress' decision to impose tougher sanctions on Russia and Europe's undue concerns.
With the European Commission deciding to take legal action against Poland for its efforts to take control of courts, DW takes a look at the decision-making process behind sanctions - and whether they're effective.
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