During his presidency, Lula da Silva was known for prioritizing diplomatic relations with Latin American countries, as well as forging partnerships with global powers such as Russia and China, while maintaining a complex relationship with the US.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s agenda for Brazil’s G-20 presidency prioritizes issues important to many Global South countries, including global governance reform, reducing hunger and addressing climate change.

The coup in Niger has affected France's security strategy in West Africa and partnership with ECOWAS.

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS said this past weekend it was lifting sanctions it had imposed on Niger, Mali and Guinea following military takeovers in those countries, but which failed to have their desired impact, another sign of the bloc’s waning influence.

Ukraine's war with Russia entered a new phase with a counteroffensive.

After two years of war in Ukraine, there have been no winners, and it has become increasingly hard to imagine how there will be, especially as the potential for an end to the fighting, to say nothing of a sustainable peace, seems just as far away as it was two years ago.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Somalia announced it had signed a defense and economic cooperation deal with Turkey, as the fallout from Ethiopia’s agreement last month with the breakaway region of Somaliland continues.

In Eastern Congo, M23 rebels

The U.N. Security Council yesterday sanctioned six people from five armed groups based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo amid worsening violence in recent weeks that has also caused tensions to escalate between Congo and Rwanda.

Lula da Silva, president-elect of Brazil, as he struggles with the challenge of preventing deforestation in the Amazon

Tensions have escalated between Brazil and Israel in recent days after Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva compared Israel’s military campaign in Gaza to the Holocaust.

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Russia is developing a space-based nuclear capability designed to target the United States’ extensive satellite network. The threat isn’t urgent, but it is the latest example of Moscow’s efforts to develop, expand and brandish its nuclear arsenal.

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

Prabowo Subianto appears on track to win Indonesia’s presidential election. The current defense minister will inherit two distinct legacies from President Joko Widodo—one of democratic erosion and one of policy successes.

Palestinians walk outside buildings destroyed in the Israeli bombardment on al-Zahra, on the outskirts of Gaza City, Oct. 20, 2023.

Israel’s planned offensive in Rafah, where more than 1 million Palestinians have sought refuge, has once again raised the intensity of the war in Gaza and renewed international attention on Israel’s military operations.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump said he told a NATO ally while in office that he would “encourage” Russia to “do whatever the hell they want,” setting off a flurry of rebukes among NATO supporters and increasing anxieties in Europe about Trump’s potential return to the White House.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

An explosive new court order alleges that former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro oversaw a plot to undermine the public’s faith in the 2022 presidential election, which he lost, and set the stage for a potential coup.

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