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The U.S. reckoning on race, seen through other nations’ eyes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – It’s not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America’s critics has taken note, using recent months’ demonstrations and graphic images of police violence to denounce the country at the United Nations’ gathering of world leaders this year.

Zoom gets glitchy on the first day of school for thousands

NEW YORK – Teachers and parents got a brief glimpse of a new kind of pandemic-era nightmare Monday when Zoom – the video-conferencing service that powers everything from distance learning to business meetings to casual, socially distant get-togethers – abruptly went dead.

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll all try again Friday.

U.S. states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

Trump barrels into G-20 summit after nixing Putin meeting

President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.

Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships in dispute with Russia

The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen tensions between the two countries following a weekend confrontation in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula.

Rosenstein to meet Trump Thursday as job hangs in balance

The White House delayed until at least Thursday a decision on the fate of Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation, following chaotic hours of breathless and sometimes conflicting reports anticipating his imminent departure.

Could Trump meet Kim in New York this month?

In recent weeks it’s become clear that Donald Trump wants to meet with Kim Jong Un again, and the North Korean leader has told the White House he’d like more face-to-face talks with the American president. Could that meeting happen, as some in Seoul have pushed for, on the sidelines of a U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York later this month?