Weeks of NSA spying revelations have put pressure on US diplomatic relations with its allies, so it is no surprise that Secretary of State John Kerry this week set out to ease some of the tension. Kerry has been visiting a number of countries in the Middle East and Europe after acknowledging that US surveillance may have gone too far. One country not on the itinerary is Brazil, whose president recently canceled diplomatic visits to Washington and condemned the US at the UN General Assembly.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, however, may now be in a slightly awkward position after Brazilian officials this week confirmed a Sao Paulo newspaper report that the country's intelligence agency had also spied on the US, Russia, Iran and Iraq.
Syria peace negotiations, set to take place this month, have been delayed, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the M23 has declared it will set down its arms and engage in political talks with the government.
Here’s what to keep an eye on: