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U.S. President Joe Biden meets Russian President Vladimir Putin.

How the U.S.-Russia Relationship Got So Bad

And why its problems will outlast both presidents.

French President Emmanuel Macron at a G5 Sahel summit.

Washington Scrambles France’s Mali Exit Strategy

Paris wants out of the quagmire. Biden’s not offering any lifelines.

Peace activists wear presidential masks.

Putin and Biden Curb Their Enthusiasm

A “cold peace” is the best-case scenario coming out of this week’s summit.

Medical personnel receive the Moderna vaccine in Taiwan.

U.S.-China Spat Over Taiwan Extends to Vaccine Diplomacy

The United States is providing hundreds of thousands of vaccines right in China’s front yard.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Munich.

No European Honeymoon in Biden’s First Overseas Trip

The United States wants to mend fences with NATO—and revamp the defense alliance to face new threats like China.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak.

Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief

Russia’s blockage of aid deliveries threatens to make Syria’s humanitarian disaster the worst it’s been since the war began.

Lebanese mourn the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Lebanon’s Economic Woes Threaten Terrorism Tribunal

Without new funding, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will close next month with little to show for more than a decade of work.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks.

Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador

As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.

A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in Hong Kong

Pentagon Faces Tense Fight Over Pacific Pivot

The Defense Department is in an internal tug of war over the practicality of putting more U.S. troops in the range of Chinese missiles.

Anti-Amazon activists gather for a rally in Fournès, France.

Big Tech and Other Multinationals Are About to Pay a Lot More in Taxes

Biden and the Europeans are close to agreement on a virtual revolution in international corporate tax policies.

Myanmar nationals hold a vigil in Thailand

Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations

The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner.

Biden Jump-Starts Fight Against Kleptocracy

New memorandum puts anti-corruption efforts at the heart of national security strategy.

Lloyd Austin testifies to become next U.S. defense secretary.

Congress Draws Battle Lines for Pentagon Budget Fight

Biden’s move to slash dozens of older planes and drones is being met with resistance on Capitol Hill.

The Department of State

State Rolls Out Medical Pilot Program to Find Causes of ‘Havana Syndrome’

U.S. still grappling with how to respond five years after first reports of suspected microwave attacks in Havana.

At Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on August 1, 2008, SunPower Corporation has built North America's largest solar farm, where over 72,000 solar panels now supply upwards of 14 megawatts of clean electricity to meet about 25 percent of the base's needs and save a million dollars annually.

Pentagon Looks to Brits to Face Climate ‘Danger Zone’

Britain is eyeing ambitious targets to green its military as the Pentagon faces a budget fight.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting in Iceland.

Are Special Envoys All That Special Anymore?

New envoys are cropping up even as ambassador posts sit empty.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Defense Department.

Biden Looks to the Future in First Defense Budget

But Biden’s planned cuts to current generation U.S. jets and ships and his makeover of the nuclear arsenal are likely to meet criticism in Congress.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kremlin-Backed Hackers Target U.S. Aid Agency Before Biden-Putin Summit

Email phishing attacks aren’t unusual, but the new breach shows Russia isn’t letting up.

An Air France Boeing 777

Russia Blocks 2 Airlines Over Belarus Spat

Not all airlines have been affected, but Air France and Austrian Airlines have been forced to cancel flights.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Osan Air Base.

The Glitch That Ruined Blinken’s ASEAN Debut

The top U.S. diplomat’s first meeting with Southeast Asian ministers was thwarted for a very relatable reason.