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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on June 30.

What to Make of Trump and Kim’s Surprise Meeting

Plus: Protests in Sudan, violence at a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong, and what to watch in the world this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a group photo at the G-20 Summit in Osaka on June 28.

G-20 Kicks Off in Osaka

Plus: Iran talks continue in Vienna, the aftermath of Ethiopia's attempted coup, and the other stories we're following today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, tour the Kremlin in Moscow on June 5.

Xi and Putin, Best Friends Forever?

A transcript of the two leaders’ remarks in Moscow.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honor at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018.

Trump Arrives in London

Plus: Mexico prepares to meet U.S. officials over trade, a threat to Merkel's ruling coalition, and what to watch in the world this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during the awarding ceremony of the Order of Parental Glory at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on May 30.

Pentagon Wary of Russia-Iran Cooperation

Top Defense Department official warns Middle East allies that Moscow is not a reliable partner.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in Moscow on May 8.

Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms

U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in August 2011.

Spooks in the Kremlin

The dangers of Putin’s unhealthy reliance on Russian intelligence.

A pro-European Union demonstrator holds a placard bearing an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in central London on June 11, 2018. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty)

The Great Brexit Distraction

Attempts to blame Russia for the EU’s mess will only get in the way of addressing the union’s real problems.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu points to photos of Likud party members as he delivers a speech during the launch of the Likud party election campaign in Ramat Gan, Israel, on March 4. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

5 Factors That Will Make or Break Bibi’s Re-Election Chances

The Israeli leader is vying for a fifth term amid corruption allegations.

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard aboard the military vessel "Dondass" moored in Mariupol, the Sea of Azov port on Nov. 27, 2018, after three Ukrainian navy vessels were forcibly seized off the coast of Crimea by Russian forces.

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.

Don’t Believe the Russian Hype

Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

A Russian man pauses on a street in central Moscow on March 10, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Russians Lower Their Standards

Life may be getting harder in Russia, but Putin doesn’t care.

Vladimir Putin walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Russia's presidential election in Moscow on March 18, 2018. (Yuri Kodobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants to Dissolve the Russian People and Elect Another

The Russian president was a man of the common people—until the common people started making demands.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on July 16, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened.

The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), and Syrian Armed Forces' chief of staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (L) inspecting a military parade in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia.

What Putin Really Wants in Syria

Russia never sought to be a small-time fixer in the Middle East. Its goal was to reclaim its status as a global power broker.

Members of Russian and Syrian forces stand guard near posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on Aug. 20, 2018. (George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)

The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Syria

It has already empowered Russia and Iran while undermining the Kurds.

Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin wait for his arrival in front of Belgrade's Saint Sava Church on January 17, 2019.

There’s One Country in Europe Where Putin Is a Rock Star

The Russian president’s visit to Serbia was a lovefest—but beyond the odes to Orthodox brotherhood, the two authoritarian leaders are using one another to advance a geopolitical agenda.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images.)

The True Mystery Man in the Trump Probe: Putin

Even if Trump is impeached, U.S. investigators are unlikely to find the Russian president’s fingerprints.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

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