There's plenty of criticism in the American press of Barack Obama's meeting with Nuri al-Maliki yesterday; saying he's putting too positive a spin on a still pretty bleak situation. We also look at rumours Russia's new presidential candidate could be a Kremlin stooge.
The Washington Post says Obama's claim the war in Iraq is over just isn't realistic while attacks continue on the ground - while the New York Times says Nuri al-Maliki might be a very questionable ally.
The Independent says new Russian presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov is suspected of being set up by the Kremlin - to allow a outlet for protest that Putin can manipulate.
The Huffington Post accuses the Canadian government of being corrupted by the lure of tar sands wealth - while the Guardian has better news for nature lovers, as Edinburgh zoo's pandas go on public view.