Mon Jul 3, 2017 8:2AM
Rep. Barbara Lee
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These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Law on wars

A powerful committee in the US House of Representatives has voted unexpectedly to require Congress to debate and approve US military action in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other far-flung countries. This has been described as a surprise victory for a longtime Democratic critic of the nearly two-decade-old war on terrorism: Representative Barbara Lee of California. The amendment to the Authorization for Use of Military Force which was approved in the wake of the 2001 attacks in the US is only a modest first step in getting Congress to update the authorization of military force. But Thursday's voice vote in the GOP-controlled Appropriations Committee is seen by many as a symbolic move forward.



Sino-Indian dispute 

While all eyes are on other more serious crises around the world,  some media outlets cover developments in a small region along the Chinese-Indian border which risk turning into a full-blown crisis between two nuclear-armed nations: China and India. The bone of contention: the Sikkim sector over which China and India's ally, Bhutan, are locked in a territorial dispute. The alliance between Bhutan and India is so strong that they say India is Bhutan and Bhutan is India. New Delhi has issued a stern warning to Beijing demanding that china stop construction of a road near their common border, saying this would have serious security implications. It has also urged china to note that India of 2017 is different from India of 1962.