A Swedish think tank said Monday that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker.
The latest on political developments in Israel: while Gaza's Hamas rulers are sticking to Egypt-brokered cease-fire with Israel by keeping border protests widely restrained, they say that 40 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire and tear gas. More than 170 Palestinians have been killed since March.
U.S. and Chinese negotiators are holding high-level talks aimed at settling a six-month trade war that has weakened both sides, shaken financial markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy. Yet the odds seem stacked against any substantive resolution this week to the standoff between the world's two biggest economies.
All-night talks at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires led to a possible "breakthrough" on fixing the global trading system, European diplomats said Saturday, as negotiations stretched into the final hours of the gathering's crucial second and final day. Despite deep divisions going into the summit and resistance from the United States, European Union officials said countries were making progress on a final statement that will acknowledge problems with the World Trade Organization but commit to reforming it. The U.S. was the main holdout on nearly every issue, the officials said.
Stocks cinched their fourth consecutive gain Wednesday as indexes around the world build on their early 2019 rally. The gains for U.S. indexes faded slightly after President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders said Trump cut short a meeting on ending the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the UN and Egypt are working together to "ensure that Gaza steps back from the brink," as violence continued on Monday following a botched Israeli military raid in Gaza on Sunday in which seven Palestinian militants and an Israeli officer were killed.
The latest on the unrest in France: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says U.S. President Donald Trump should not comment on France's domestic affairs, notably nationwide protests that began over fuel tax hikes meant to wean the nation off fossil fuels. Trump has tweeted twice on the issue, saying in one tweet this weekend that "the Paris agreement isn't working out so well for Paris." It was a reference to the 2015 Paris climate accord, which the U.S. is leaving and which Macron has championed worldwide.
White House national security adviser John Bolton is expanding his influence in increasingly visible ways, pursuing his own long-standing foreign policy priorities at the risk of tensions with top administration officials — and even President Donald Trump himself.
Since joining Trump's White House, Bolton has pursued an agenda that includes trying to break Iran financially, oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, shield Americans from the reach of the International Criminal Court and toughen the U.S. posture toward Russia. He coordinated with key lawmakers, U.S. diplomatic and defense officials and the Israelis to compel Trump to slow an abrupt withdrawal of American forces from Syria.
A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year's U.N. climate summit, after just four of nearly 200 countries present — Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the U.S., all oil-exporting countries — blocked endorsement of a landmark study on global warming. "It's really an embarrassment for the world's leading scientific superpower to be in this position of having to disbelieve a report that was written by the world's scientific community including a large number of pre-eminent U.S. scientists," said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The European Union marked 100 days until Brexit on Wednesday by triggering an action plan to ensure planes can still fly and money can still flow between Britain and the bloc in the increasingly likely event that the U.K. leaves the EU without a divorce deal. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. With 100 days until Britain leaves the European Union, the government was publishing long-awaited plans Wednesday for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of EU citizens to the U.K. (House of Commons/PA via AP)