By Ellen Francis, Louisa Loveluck, Adela Suliman & Erin Cunningham | The Washington Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin is moving to annex four regions of Ukraine, after staging referendums that were widely denounced as illegal under international law. In a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday, he said Russia would gain four new regions—Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia—and said people living there would “be our citizens forever.”
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By Ana Ionova | The New York Times
Brazilians are heading to the polls Sunday in a polarizing national vote poised to usher in a new president, who will be forced to grapple with an economic crisis, surging Amazon deforestation and lingering questions over the health of Latin America’s largest democracy.
By Damien Cave | The New York Times
The United States and 14 Pacific Island nations signed a broad partnership agreement on Thursday at a summit in Washington, putting climate change, economic growth and stronger security ties at the center of an American push to counter Chinese influence in the region.
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By Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The Pentagon is preparing to overhaul how the United States and its allies train and equip the Ukrainian military, reflecting what officials say is the Biden administration’s long-term commitment to support Ukraine in its war with Russia.
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By Michael Crowley | The New York Times
The Biden administration announced Thursday that it would impose sanctions on two Chinese companies that transport and store Iranian oil, a shift to a tougher stance on Tehran amid signs that efforts to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have failed.
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