Biden’s Saudi Arabia Visit Was Worse Than an Embarrassment

Meetings between leaders of important nations are usually worthwhile even if they yield no immediate results. But there are exceptions. One was Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 Munich meeting with Hitler. Another: President Biden’s sit-down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week. The president’s 24 hours in Jeddah were dominated by photos of his fist … Read more

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Putin Wants Germany to Panic Over Whether Nord Stream 1 Will Reopen

Text size Russian natural gas shipments to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany stopped Monday because of planned regular maintenance. Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg About the author: Margarita M. Balmaceda is a professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, an associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, … Read more

Ukraine Hits Military Depot in Russian-Controlled City

ODESSA, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces struck an ammunition depot deep inside Russian-occupied territory in the south of the country, as Russia shelled Ukrainian cities in the east in its push to capture the entirety of the Donbas area, Ukrainian officials said. The long-range strikes presage the next phase of the war, with Ukraine aiming to … Read more

Large Chinese Bank Protest Put Down With Violence

HONG KONG — Hundreds of bank customers demonstrating over frozen deposits were attacked by men in plainclothes in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, marking a violent end to one of China’s largest public protests in recent years. Images of the clash, which was widely videotaped, spread quickly enough on Chinese social media to outrun … Read more