Obama to speak on the US-led airstrikes against Islamic State
The White House says President Barack Obama will make a statement shortly on the first round of airstrikes by the US-led coalition against Islamic State militants in Syria.
The US and a group of five Arab countries conducted 14 bombings that damaged or destroyed targets in eastern Syria, including in the Islamic State group's main stronghold of Raqqa.
Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates either participated in or supported the attacks, which hit training compounds, militant headquarters and a finance center.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the airstrikes killed or wounding tens of militants.
Obama to sign executive order on climate change
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order requiring federal agencies to take climate change into consideration when investing in development programs overseas.
The White House said in a statement the programs and investments will be designed to help communities deal with the effects of climate change.
The measures will be officially announced during the climate change summit at the U.N. General Assembly.
More than 120 world leaders are expected to meet and discuss ways to reduce their carbon emissions, part of a goal set in 2009 to prevent Earth's temperature from rising more than 1.1 degrees Celsius from where it is now.
But leaders from China and India, some of the top emitters of greenhouse gases, will not be in attendance.