By Isabelle Khurshudyan, Robyn Dixon, Siobhán O’Grady & Kostiantyn Khudov | The Washington Post
Kremlin proxy authorities in occupied, war-torn Ukraine on Friday declared that “voting” had begun in staged referendums, and that Moscow’s desired outcome—a claim of public support for the annexation of Ukrainian territory—was assured.
By Humeyra Pamuk | Reuters
Senior diplomats from the United States and China will meet Friday with tensions high after a visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and an explicit pledge by U.S. President Joe Biden to defend the Chinese-claimed island.
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By Paul Sonne & John Hudson | The Washington Post
The United States for several months has been sending private communications to Moscow warning Russia’s leadership of the grave consequences that would follow the use of a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. officials, who said the messages underscore what President Biden and his aides have articulated publicly.
By Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)
Executive directors of the Inter-American Development Bank voted unanimously Thursday to recommend firing a former Trump official as president of the Washington-based institution, a person familiar with the vote said.
By Kim Tong-Hyung & Lee Jin-Man | Associated Press (free)
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Friday ahead of the two countries’ joint military exercise that aims to show their strength against growing North Korean threats.
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