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Senate Overwhelmingly Votes to Add Sweden and Finland to NATO

By Catie Edmondson | The New York Times

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a treaty that would expand NATO to include Finland and Sweden, with Republicans and Democrats linking arms to pave the way for one of the most significant expansions of the alliance in decades amid Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine.

More from WPR: NATO Finds a New Sense of Purpose in an Old Mission

White House Scrambles to Avoid Crisis Amid Pelosi Visit to Taiwan

By Yasmeen Abutaleb & Lily Kuo | The Washington Post (free)

The White House worked urgently to deescalate tensions with China as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met Wednesday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and other officials during a high-profile visit to the self-governing island against the administration’s wishes, hoping to head off a geopolitical crisis amid threats and military maneuvers by Beijing.

U.S. Hits Russian Oligarchs and Companies With New Sanctions

The New York Times

The latest round of economic punishments are aimed at business figures close to the Kremlin, technology institutions with ties to the military and a woman believed to be President Vladimir Putin’s romantic partner.

U.S. Seeks Possession of Venezuelan 747 Grounded in Argentina

By Daniel Politi & Eric Tucker | Associated Press (free)

The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday it is seeking possession of a Venezuelan cargo jet that has been grounded in Argentina since early June because it was previously owned by an Iranian airline that allegedly has ties to terror groups.

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Ayman al-Zawahri, Top Al-Qaida Leader

By Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, Julian E. Barnes & Eric Schmitt | The New York Times

An American drone strike killed Ayman al-Zawahri, a key plotter of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks who took over as the leader of Al-Qaida after Osama bin Laden’s death, at an urban safe house in Afghanistan, President Biden announced Monday night.

Pelosi Is Expected to Go to Taiwan, Biden Administration Officials Say

By David E. Sanger & Vivian Wang | The New York Times (free)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a fraught tour of Asia on Sunday that administration officials say they now expect will include a stop in Taiwan, despite China’s increasingly sharp warnings in recent days that a visit to the self-governing island would provoke a response, perhaps a military one.

More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

U.S. Will Send Another $550 Million in Arms to Ukraine

By Peter Baker | The New York Times

The United States will send another $550 million in arms to Ukraine to help it fend off Russia, the White House said Monday, increasing the total American investment in the fighting there to more than $8 billion since the invasion began in February.

U.S. Targets Chinese, UAE Firms in New Iran Oil Sanctions

By Daphne Psaledakis & Arshad Mohammed | Reuters

A U.S. warship sailed through the strait separating Taiwan and China on Tuesday, the navy said, the first such passage since leaders from the two rival superpowers held a video summit.

Why Designating Russia a State Sponsor of Terrorism Is a Bad Idea

By Ingrid Brunk Wuerth | The Washington Post

Russia has done many terrible things in Ukraine and beyond. It is thus understandable that President Volodymyr Zelensky, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, members of the Senate and many others have called on the Biden administration to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. That designation (currently applied only to Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria) may seem like a good way to further punish Russia, help the Ukrainians and give more concrete form to our outrage. But it is not.

Pelosi Goes to Singapore, but Is Silent on Taiwan

By David E. Sanger & Vivian Wang | The New York Times

Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a fraught tour of Asia on Sunday that administration officials say they now expect will include a stop in Taiwan, despite China’s increasingly sharp warnings in recent days that a visit to the self-governing island would provoke a response, perhaps a military one.

More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

By Michael Schwirtz, Michael Crowley & Richard Pérez-Peña | The New York Times

The top Russian and American diplomats spoke on Friday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, to discuss a possible prisoner swap involving the American basketball star Brittney Griner. Although no breakthrough was reported, it marked a resumption of direct communication between Washington and Moscow.

U.S. Eyes Sanctions Against Global Network It Believes Is Shipping Iranian Oil

By Ian Talley | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. is considering sanctions that would target a United Arab Emirates-based businessman and a network of companies suspected of helping export Iran’s oil, part of a broader effort to escalate diplomatic pressure on Tehran as U.S. officials push to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

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