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Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day parade.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day parade.

Putin Wants to Keep Fighting. Who Will Fill the Ranks?

Moscow has to figure out how to replenish unprecedented losses in just under three months of fighting.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is displayed on a screen.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is displayed on a screen.

Ukraine’s Other Front Line

Russia has flailed on the battlefield. But the damage inflicted on Ukraine’s economy could prove existential without Western support.

Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)

China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.

French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia
French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia

Baltic States Are Pushing NATO for More Than Just a Tripwire Against Russia

Moscow’s neighbors in NATO want larger troop deployments that could deter any more land grabs by Putin.

A Ukrainian service member wears a headlamp in the dark
A Ukrainian service member wears a headlamp in the dark
The U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department

U.S. Diplomats Abroad ‘Routinely Denied Access’ to Reproductive Care

A letter alleges the State Department put diplomats facing reproductive health emergencies in “life-threatening situations.”

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson address a news conference in Stockholm on May 16.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson address a news conference in Stockholm on May 16.

NATO Countries Begin Ushering Finland and Sweden Into the Fold

The U.K. and several Nordic countries have offered security guarantees to what could be NATO’s newest members.

Somali troops graduate from U.S. training
Somali troops graduate from U.S. training
Screengrabs from several Chinese Tiktok accounts show a sparkly, shirtless, bear-riding Daddy Putin version of the Russian president.
Screengrabs from several Chinese Tiktok accounts show a sparkly, shirtless, bear-riding Daddy Putin version of the Russian president.

Chinese TikTok Users Are in Love With ‘Daddy Putin’

Popular videos paint the Russian president as a widely admired figure.

Ukrainian soldiers ride on a moving truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher
Ukrainian soldiers ride on a moving truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher

Ukraine Still Wants More Help to Win the War

Kyiv pleads for advanced gear as the Donbas fighting drags on, but advocates fear there’s “not enough political will.”

This photograph taken on April 2, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank in Dmytrivka village, west of Kyiv, as Ukraine says Russian forces are making a "rapid retreat" from northern areas around Kyiv and the city of Chernigiv.
This photograph taken on April 2, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank in Dmytrivka village, west of Kyiv, as Ukraine says Russian forces are making a "rapid retreat" from northern areas around Kyiv and the city of Chernigiv.

Western Sanctions Are ‘Beginning to Bite’ Into Russia’s Military

But not quite enough to check Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

A resident receives a coronavirus vaccine in China
A resident receives a coronavirus vaccine in China

Older Chinese Are Demanding Money to Get Vaccinated

A government push has created a strange market in some rural areas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk by a row of troops
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk by a row of troops

U.K.: China Views Russia’s War as ‘Bad for Business’

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Beijing views Moscow as an increasingly “inconvenient friend” as the war in Ukraine is further bogged down.

A satellite image shows the the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Isa port in Yemen on June 17, 2020.
A satellite image shows the the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Isa port in Yemen on June 17, 2020.

Yemen Is Sitting on a Time Bomb Bigger Than the Exxon Valdez

An abandoned oil tanker with more than 1 million barrels of crude is rusting off the coast.

Julieta Valls Noyes introduces U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Julieta Valls Noyes introduces U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Biden’s Refugee Envoy Looks to Reform Damaged System

Washington has been slow to meet expanded targets for refugee admissions due to the last administration’s policies.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

U.S. Diplomats Tiptoe Back Into Ukraine—Weeks After Their European Counterparts

Lawmakers push the U.S. State Department to overcome its “bunker mentality,” but in Ukraine, that’s complicated.

A tunnel under London is built to accommodate those sheltering from air raids.
A tunnel under London is built to accommodate those sheltering from air raids.

What Happened to Europe’s Public Bunkers?

As bombs fall on Ukraine, many European governments are waking up to the sorry state of their own civil defenses.

MiG-29 fighter jets fly over downtown Moscow during a rehearsal for Russia's World War II Victory Day parade.
MiG-29 fighter jets fly over downtown Moscow during a rehearsal for Russia's World War II Victory Day parade.

Putin’s Next Power Play Is a Parade

The Russian leader is expected to use his country’s upcoming World War II Victory Day celebration to stir up support for the bungled war in Ukraine.

The families of American hostages detained abroad hold a rally in front of the White House.
The families of American hostages detained abroad hold a rally in front of the White House.

Families of American Hostages Abroad Find Power—and Solace—in Numbers

Biden faces pressure to secure release of Americans wrongfully detained abroad.

A carnival float featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko
A carnival float featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Belarus Is the Other Loser in Putin’s War

Minsk enabled Moscow in its Ukraine war. Now, Belarusians are paying the price.

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