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The Schloss Elmau luxury hotel
The Schloss Elmau luxury hotel

Bruised Leaders Prepare for the G-7 Summit

The group may make progress on Ukraine commitments, but more ambitious programs—especially on climate change—are likely out of reach.

From left: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave to press during the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasília, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.
From left: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave to press during the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasília, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.

India’s BRICS Balancing Act

India has been pulled into the Quad (and now I2-U2), so can it continue playing nice with Russia and China, too?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman disembarks in Jordan.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman disembarks in Jordan.

Erdogan Hosts MBS in Ankara

Both sides are determined to put the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi behind them as they seek deeper ties.

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid
Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid

Israel’s Government Collapse Complicates Biden’s Visit

The end of Naftali Bennett’s government gives an opportunity to Yair Lapid, who will become the caretaker prime minister.

A person prepares to vote in Colombia.
A person prepares to vote in Colombia.

Colombia Decides

Both candidates vow to bring the country in a new direction—away from its traditional political establishment.

Customers stand in a queue to get in the Russian version of a former McDonald’s.
Customers stand in a queue to get in the Russian version of a former McDonald’s.

Is This How Sanctions Are Supposed to Work?

Bruised but not yet broken, Russia’s economy sputters along as global energy and food prices soar.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attends a bilateral meeting.
Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attends a bilateral meeting.

Biden Needs the Saudis. Do They Need Him?

Soaring oil prices benefit the kingdom financially, so why would it agree to bring them down?

People protest against the U.K. deportation flights to Rwanda outside the Home Office in London on June 14.
People protest against the U.K. deportation flights to Rwanda outside the Home Office in London on June 14.

U.K. Prepares Its First Rwanda Deportation Flight

Britain’s new hard-line policy fits in with countries across the West who prefer to keep refugees out of sight and out of mind.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 12.
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 12.

U.S. and China Trade Taiwan Barbs in Singapore

Calling a Taiwanese declaration of independence a “path to death,” China’s defense chief made waves in Singapore.

Phil Mickelson at the LIV Golf Invitational
Phil Mickelson at the LIV Golf Invitational

Saudi Arabia’s Golf Gambit

Having made inroads in soccer and Formula 1 racing, Saudi Arabia is now making an ambitious play for the world of golf.

A traffic officer walks past billboards denouncing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
A traffic officer walks past billboards denouncing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Biden Meets Bolsonaro

The two leaders have little in common other than a desire to look busy at the Summit of the Americas.

A banner for the ninth Summit of the Americas hangs.
A banner for the ninth Summit of the Americas hangs.

Biden Welcomes (Some) Leaders to the Summit of the Americas

The Mexican president is the most high-profile absentee from today’s Los Angeles gathering.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves No. 10 Downing St.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves No. 10 Downing St.

A Bruised Boris Johnson Wins Confidence Vote

Johnson remains Britain’s prime minister but faces a restive Conservative Party as more than 40 percent of his party’s members of Parliament voted against his leadership.

Rafael Grossi addresses the media.
Rafael Grossi addresses the media.

Iran Faces Censure From U.N. Nuclear Watchdog

The IAEA’s Board of Governors held off from a formal rebuke last year, so what’s changed?

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her family
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her family

The British Empire’s Remnants Consider Moving On

As Britons celebrate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth, other countries are questioning her position as their head of state.

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