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Joe Biden limps to G-7 as allies fret over his troubles at home

Bloomberg US President Joe Biden’s political fortunes have changed dramatically since his first Group of Seven summit last summer, or even his last visit to Europe in March. It couldn’t come at a worse time for his international allies as Russia settles into a long war with Ukraine. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who will welcome G-7 leaders in the Bavarian ...

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China’s ambassador to Australia heckled by Sydney protesters

Bloomberg China’s chief envoy to Australia was heckled by several protesters in Sydney on Friday as he delivered a speech that attempted to go some way towards repairing relations between the trading partners. One shouted about the detention of members of the Uighur minority group in China, while another protester called ambassador Xiao Qian “a disgrace” as he addressed the ...

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Xi’s Hong Kong trip in doubt as officials get Covid

Bloomberg President Xi Jinping’s rumored visit to Hong Kong to mark the city’s 25th anniversary of Chinese rule is in doubt after top officials in the city came down with Covid. Two senior members of incoming Chief Executive John Lee’s cabinet — including his No. 2 — have tested positive for the virus, the government revealed in a Thursday statement. ...

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Bolsonaro, stuck in election race, plans cash handouts

  Bloomberg President Jair Bolsonaro is considering increasing monthly stipends paid to about 18 million poor Brazilian families as opinion polls show his re-election campaign failing to close the gap with front-runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva less than four months before the vote. The idea is to boost payments made through a cash transfer program known as Auxilio Brasil ...

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Boris Johnson’s Tory chair quits after double election blow

Bloomberg The chairman of Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservatives resigned after the party lost two key parliamentary seats in one night, raising fresh concerns about Johnson’s leadership and his faltering popularity with voters. The elections “are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party,” Oliver Dowden said in a letter to Johnson posted on Twitter. “We cannot ...

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Rescuers scramble to reach survivors of Afghan quake

  Bloomberg Rescue and relief teams are struggling to reach survivors of a deadly earthquake that hit Afghanistan’s remote southeast, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring hundreds more even as the country battles multiple humanitarian crises. The eastern Paktika province, home to some of the country’s most impoverished farmers and cattle herders, was the worst hit, several officials from ...

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Estonia’s Kallas warns of existential Russian threat to Baltic nations

  Bloomberg Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas warned of the grave consequences of any future Russian aggression in the Baltics ahead of an important Nato summit next week. Speaking to journalists in Tallinn on Wednesday, Kallas said Nato’s “tripwire” strategy for defending the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, under which allies would arrive with reinforcements only after ...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison

  Bloomberg Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been shifted to solitary confinement inside a military-built prison compound in the capital of Naypyidaw, a junta spokesman said Thursday. Suu Kyi was detained at an undisclosed location soon after the coup last year, and a special court in April sentenced her to five years in prison in the first ...

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Chastised Macron tells French he will talk more, and listen too

Bloomberg President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged he’d have to compromise and negotiate with rivals, in his first public address to the French people since losing his outright majority in parliament. “We must collectively learn how to govern and legislate in a different way. Build new compromises through dialogue, listening and respect,” Macron said in a televised speech Wednesday night. “This is ...

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Political crisis emerges in India’s richest state Maharashtra

  Bloomberg India western state of Maharashtra, home to the country’s financial capital, is staring at a political crisis with lawmakers from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena threatening to exit his ruling coalition and demanding the renewal of an alliance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Several legislators from the Shiv Sena party, led by senior leader ...

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