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Senegal swaps key ministers after appointment of PM

  Bloomberg Senegal President Macky Sall appointed new ministers for economy and finance after naming the country’s first prime minister in three years, doubling down on efforts to rein in a building cost-of-living crisis. Oulimata Sarr is replacing Amadou Hott as economy minister. Mamadou Ba, the former general director of the budget, takes over as finance minister from Abdoulaye Daouda ...

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Putin’s Taiwan stand outweighs any Xi concerns about Ukraine

Bloomberg Even as Vladimir Putin admitted that Xi Jinping had concerns about the war in Ukraine, the Russian leader’s comments on Taiwan may ultimately matter more to his Chinese counterpart. During their first in-person talks since the Ukraine war began, Putin on Thursday blasted what he called “provocations by the US and its satellites in the Taiwan Strait,” while reiterating ...

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South Korea, China to ‘closely communicate’ on US missile shield

Bloomberg South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol told Li Zhanshu, China’s top legislator, that he doesn’t want a US-made missile shield deployed by Seoul to become “an obstacle to relations” after Beijing slammed its use. The talks on Friday in Seoul with China’s National People’s Congress chairman took place after Yoon floated expanding the system known as Thaad — Terminal ...

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Baku, Yerevan say truce holds after clashes

Bloomberg Azerbaijan and Armenia reported that a truce appeared to be holding after border clashes that killed more than 200 troops on both sides in the worst fighting between the Caucasus neighbors since a 2020 war. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the situation remained “very tense” in separate calls with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russian President Vladimir ...

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Bolsonaro’s late push fails to win new support: Poll

  Bloomberg President Jair Bolsonaro’s late-campaign push looks to have fizzled for now, apparently leaving him a bit further behind challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva just two weeks before Brazilians cast their ballots, according to the latest DataFolha poll. Lula would take 45% of the first-round vote, holding firm from a week ago. Bolsonaro would win 33%, down a ...

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Miles of mourners form orderly queue to say goodbye to Queen

Bloomberg In the oldest part of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lies guarded by iconic ‘Beefeaters’ and other members of Britain’s military elite —the silence in cavernous Westminster Hall broken only by the sound of metal and boot on stone when the watch changes at 20-minute intervals. On either side, people in T-shirts and jeans, or work suits, or shorts ...

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Putin tells Xi he understands China ‘concerns’ over invasion of Ukraine

Bloomberg Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterpart Xi Jinping he understands Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about his invasion of Ukraine, as the Chinese leader said the two countries could “inject stability and positive energy to a world in chaos.” In their first in-person talks since the war began, Putin hailed “the balanced position of our Chinese friends on the ...

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Modi’s outreach to Putin risks putting India in US crosshairs

Bloomberg As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin and attends a summit with China’s Xi Jinping on Friday, he’ll need to avoid looking too chummy with the US’s two top adversaries. Modi’s face-to-face meeting with Putin will take place Friday in Uzbekistan, where a host of leaders are gathering for a summit of the Chinese-founded Shanghai Cooperation ...

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Sweden’s opposition prepares power shift

Bloomberg Swedish right-wing opposition parties are stepping up negotiations on forming a new government, after Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson tendered her resignation on Thursday. The Social Democrat leader has conceded defeat in Sunday’s election, and Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson will now try to forge an agreement with three parties that backed his candidacy. They include the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, ...

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Xi unlikely to throw Putin a lifeline in Ukraine quagmire

  Bloomberg Shortly before invading Ukraine in February, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping declared a “no limits” friendship. Yet even as his forces suffer humiliating losses on the battlefield, Russia’s president shouldn’t expect much help at his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart since then. Xi and Putin meet face-to-face in Uzbekistan on Thursday in their first sitdown since a ...

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