France, Striving for Global Power, Still Struggles to Get It

For France, this week’s geopolitical drama — its nixed submarine sale to Australia, and its furious response to the United States’ jumping the deal — encapsulates a problem the once-mighty nation has struggled with for decades: how to assert itself as an independent power, which French leaders see as essential, while maintaining the alliances on …

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Your Wednesday Briefing

At the U.N., Biden calls for diplomacy In his debut address at the U.N. yesterday, President Biden called for “relentless diplomacy” on climate change, the pandemic and efforts to blunt the expanding influence of autocratic nations like China and Russia. “Our security, our prosperity and our very freedoms are interconnected, in my view, as never …

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Art Basel Reasserts Its Importance at Home

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, art fairs have gone through several permutations, from online only to fully in person, along with several varieties of hybrids. To many in the art world, the format and fate of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the fair scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday, is especially important, given …

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For Families in Europe, U.S. Travel Ban’s End Is a New Beginning

LONDON — For Katie Wait, the coronavirus pandemic has been more than just a year and a half of uncertainty. It has also meant months separated from her parents, brother and extended family in Florida. Birthdays missed. Milestones celebrated apart. Time together lost. “It’s just been mentally and emotionally the most challenging year, when you …

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E.U. Court Rules Russia Was Behind 2006 Assassination in the U.K.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia was responsible for the 2006 killing of Alexander V. Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a deadly toxin at a London hotel. The ruling concluded that the assassins were acting as “agents of the Russian state,” bolstering a separate inquiry by Britain that found “strong …

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