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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi speaks at Iran nuclear talks.

Iran Talks Enter Fourth Round in Vienna

A U.S. official has downplayed the idea that this is the final round of talks as differences over sanctions relief and Iran’s nuclear program remain.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before the Senate.

U.S. Backs Vaccine Waiver

The Biden administration appears to have sided with low- and middle-income countries, but other rich nations could still hold up a deal.

An employee holds COVID-19 vaccines.

U.S. Mulls Vaccine IP Waiver as WTO Meets

The White House has yet to lay out its position on the waiver. Anthony Fauci says he’s “agnostic.”

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the Likud party.

Netanyahu’s Time Is Running Out

With an extension unlikely, the consummate political survivor has less than 24 hours to form a government.

A supporter of All India Trinamool Congress party celebrates his party’s electoral lead.

Modi’s BJP Rejected in Key State Election

BJP leaders had talked up the prospect of a comfortable majority after weeks of campaigning. Instead, the party suffered a heavy defeat.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Iran and Saudi Arabia Move Toward Normalization

Iran has welcomed warm comments from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) look on after he addressed a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2021.

Biden Speech Pairs Nationalism With Optimism

Biden drew on fears of a rising China to make the case for a dramatic increase in government spending.

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington.

Biden Makes Pitch to Congress as 100 Day-Mark Approaches

Tonight’s speech caps a frenzied beginning on the domestic front, but foreign-policy efforts still have room for improvement.

A medical worker handles an empty vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

U.S. Announces Plans to Export Its AstraZeneca Vaccine Stockpile

Facing accusations of vaccine hoarding, the United States will soon offload vaccines it has little use for.

Police personnel escort a truck carrying medical liquid oxygen in India.

U.S. Sends Equipment—but Not Vaccine Doses—to India

The United States will lift a ban on exporting vaccine raw materials and provide financing to boost domestic production.

A worker arranges transport of medical oxygen cylinders.

India’s Coronavirus Crisis Grows Even Darker

Hospitals in New Delhi have begun refusing patients as oxygen supplies dwindle.

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry listens to President Joe Biden speak on tackling climate change at the White House in Washington on Jan. 27.

Biden to Proclaim U.S. Climate Ambitions at White House Summit

Biden is expected to announce a 50 percent reduction in U.S. emissions by 2030. Will that encourage other countries to do the same?

Attendees listen to the Russian national anthem.

The State of Putin’s Nation

Today’s speech comes as Western nations warily eye a military buildup on the Ukrainian border and as pro-Navalny protests reignite.

Goalkeeper Illan Meslier wears a T-shirt with a slogan against the European Super League.

European Football Faces Mutiny of the Mega Rich

Political leaders across the spectrum have vowed to stop plans for a European Super League, but the law and the money aren’t on their side.

Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, the co-leaders of the German Greens Party, pose for photos after a digital press conference in Berlin on March 19.

Merkel’s Replacement Is One Step Closer

As the Greens announce their first chancellor candidate, Merkel’s party must overcome internal turmoil to decide on theirs.

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