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Iranian president-elect holds first post-election press conference.

Raisi Takes the Reins in Tehran

Although deferential to the supreme leader, the new president has the chance to shape Iran’s approach to the West.

An Afghan militia fighter keeps watch at an outpost against Taliban insurgents.

Taliban Advance Marks Turning Point in Afghanistan

The Taliban’s actions in Helmand province could be decisive in the Afghan war.

Indonesian foreign minister speaks.

Blinken Welcomes Indonesia’s Foreign Minister in ASEAN Push

The two meet after a rocky start to their relationship and as Indonesia reels from a COVID-19 wave.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken bids farewell as he boards his plane at the New Delhi airport to depart for Kuwait on July 28.

Blinken Blames Iran for Cargo Ship Attack

The latest attack appears part of a low-level conflict between Iran and Israel going back years.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gives a speech as President Hassan Rouhani listens

Tehran and Washington Signal Slow Going for Nuclear Deal

As Iran prepares to inaugurate a new president, the diplomacy seen during Hassan Rouhani’s term may be consigned to history.

The South Korean president speaks at the White House.

North and South Korea Are Talking Again

Pyongyang’s food crisis may have spurred the latest diplomatic opening.

Newly Elected President of Peru Pedro Castillo waves supporters during a celebration after being confirmed as new president of Peru at the campaign headquarters on July 19, 2021 in Lima, Peru.

A Divided Peru Inaugurates a New President

The acrimonious vote count that eventually led to Pedro Castillo’s victory is only a taste of the opposition the novice leader will face as president.

Tunisian President Kais Saied

Global Powers Shrug as Opponents Denounce ‘Coup’ in Tunisia

World powers have reacted cautiously to President Saied’s power grab, with only Turkey voicing strong opposition.

Iraqi prime minister speaks in Berlin.

Kadhimi Visits the White House

The impending announcement should give Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi some breathing room ahead of October elections.

Flood damage in China

China’s Floods Have Long-Term Consequences

Historic flooding in China’s Henan province could disrupt already rattled global supply chains.

John Kerry speaks to U.K. politicians.

G-20 Environment Ministers Meet Amid Summer of Climate Turmoil

In a speech on Wednesday, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry urged countries to come together to break “mutual suicide pact” of climate inaction.

The French president looks at his phone during a U.N. meeting.

Can Pegasus Be Tamed?

The phone of French President Emmanuel Macron may have been hacked using private spyware software, according to a new investigation.

A man wearing a face mask walks past the Olympic Rings ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 19, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan’s Unwanted Olympics

Public opinion, consistently against the games, has soured for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, too.

A couple hugs after German floods.

Germany’s Floods Provide Test for Merkel’s Potential Successors

Rivals may have a chance to catch up in polls after Merkel’s apparent heir, Armin Laschet, committed a widely panned gaffe.

A technician installs the final phase of a domestic oxygen plant at Metropolitan Hospital in Nairobi.

COVID-19 Deaths Surge in Africa

Coronavirus deaths on the continent jumped 43 percent this week, as hospitals lacking oxygen and vaccines face a rising caseload.

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