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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.

Merkel and Biden talk at G-7 summit.

Merkel’s Washington Visit Hints at Challenges Ahead

A divergence between U.S. and EU thinking on China is set to follow Merkel out of office.

A police officer guards a group of suspected looters who were apprehended at a shopping center in Vosloorus, Johannesburg.

Dozens Killed as South Africa Erupts

More than 1,200 people have been arrested in the riots and looting that have followed the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.

Riot police patrol Havana, Cuba, after a demonstration.

Biden Backs Cuba Protests as Crackdown Begins

U.S. lawmakers are eager to condemn Cuba’s government after Sunday’s protests—just don’t mention the embargo.

Lavrov and Kerry answer questions.

Kerry Heads to Moscow to Press Climate Agenda

Kerry faces a Russia dependent on oil and gas exports that is wary of coercion wrapped up as regulation.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 8.

Biden Defends Troop Withdrawal as Taliban Forces Advance

As U.S. focus moves elsewhere, regional powers are closely watching Afghanistan’s fate.

A Haitian police officer stands guard.

Haitian Police Claim Arrest of President’s Assassins

The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse by an unknown group raises fears that an already broken country could slip into chaos.

Saudi Vice Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman waits for the beginning of a bilateral meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Saudi Arabia’s Hushed Washington Visit

The visit of Khalid bin Salman has been met with little fanfare and proves Saudi Arabia is far from the “pariah” of Biden’s campaign pledge.

Workers call for humanitarian aid to Syria.

Western Powers Face Russia in Syrian Aid Clash

The U.N. Security Council discusses a draft resolution today ahead of a key deadline on aid access.

EU, World Bank, and IMF representatives pose with G-7 finance ministers ahead of a meeting to decide on the path forward for a global minimum tax rate in London.

130 Countries Sign On to Historic Corporate Tax Deal

African nations have warned that the minimum rate of 15 percent is too low, while three EU nations have yet to sign on.

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