Morning Brief

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed lawmakers on the Iran threat, May 21, 2019.

United States Sticks to Iran Deterrence

Plus: Theresa May's "new deal," Sudan's protesters on strike, and the other stories we're following today.

Investors watch market figures in Nanjing, China, at a stock exchange hall on May 20.

Fear of Prolonged U.S.-China Trade War Rattles Markets

Some financial analysts warned that if trade talks between the countries collapse—and tariffs remain high—the global economy could move toward recession.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters during an election rally on April 16.

Indian Exit Polls Predict Modi Win

India’s Narendra Modi appears set for second term, Austria’s ruling coalition collapses ahead of the EU elections, and what to watch in the world this week.

People check their mobile phones next to Huawei advertising in Shanghai, China, on May 10.

Huawei Ban Takes Effect

The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.

Sudanese protesters wave flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on May 15.

Sudan’s Transition Talks Suspended

The transition in Sudan is put on hold amid violence, Europe balks at the U.S. military response to Iran, and the United States hits Chinese firm Huawei with sanctions.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on April 24 in Auckland.

A Global Call to End Online Extremism

Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition continues.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing London Stansted Airport on May 9, 2019.

Pompeo Goes to Russia

Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.

Iranian demonstrators raise placards as they chant anti-US slogans during a rally in Tehran on May 10.

Iran’s Rhetoric Heats Up

Iran responds to U.S. military presence in the Gulf, China and the United States reach a deadlock in the trade war, and what to watch in the world this week.

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