By Helene Cooper | The New York Times (free)
The United States has detected what it says is a Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the northwestern United States, the Pentagon said Thursday, a discovery that comes days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Beijing.
By Constance Malleret | The Guardian (free)
A close ally of Jair Bolsonaro has turned against Brazil’s former president, claiming that an aide to the far-right leader tried to “coerce” him into joining a conspiracy to annul the October elections and keep Bolsonaro in power.
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By Dov Lieber | The Wall Street Journal
Israel and Sudan agreed to sign a peace agreement later this year, after earlier attempts by the African nation to normalize relations with Israel failed, Israel’s foreign minister said Thursday.
By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times (free)
Antony Blinken is expected to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing, making him the first U.S. secretary of state to sit down with the Chinese leader in nearly six years and the first of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet secretaries to visit China.
By Missy Ryan | The Washington Post
A former al-Qaida courier who endured dehumanizing treatment at CIA black sites before spending more than 15 years in Guantanamo Bay was released in Belize on Thursday, a milestone in President Biden’s push to close the high-profile prison but one that underscores he difficulties he will face in doing so.
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