1) EU and US agreed to talks about a comprehensive trans-Atlantic free trade deal; 27 countries would be involved.
2) Russia vows to continue supply Syria with arms, despite the continued civil war in the county and Russia’s requests through the UN for peace efforts.
3) Obama calls Al-Qaeda just a shadow of its former self during the State of the Union last night. While Al-Qaeda may not have the global group dynamics in place that it once did, a number of countries (Mali, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, etc.) are suffering from a splinter group effect which may be possibly even more dangerous.