Israel has targeted a number of positions in southern Syria after a missile fell in the direction of a secretive nuclear facility.
"China firmly rejects any organization or country throwing mud at China under the pretext of cybersecurity or using the issues to serve their political purposes," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
Moscow Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov told Newsweek that, while the president speaks for all of Russia, "as representatives of the largest Russian metropolis, we hope that our contribution to the international green agenda will help the Russian negotiating position in more complex geopolitical issues."
Senior Cuban Foreign Ministry official Carlos Fernández de Cossío Domínguez told Newsweek current U.S. policies "damage bilateral relations, hinder the economic development of the country, and their effects inevitably affect the daily life of the Cuban people in all spheres."
China is "promoting peace and discussion, promoting the cooling of the situation and maintaining stability in Myanmar, resolving differences through dialogue and consultation, and continuing to drive the process of democratic transformation," according to an embassy statement.
The U.S.-China rivalry "will affect most domains, straining and in some cases reshaping existing alliances and international organizations that have underpinned the international order for decades," according to a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
U.S. Navy 7th Fleet said India's requirement for prior consent for military exercises or maneuvers 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands was "inconsistent with international law," but New Delhi defended its position.
The unclaimed attack comes as the U.S. and Iran appeared closer to nuclear deal negotiations for the first time since former President Donald Trump left JCPOA, sparking a wave of unrest in the Middle East and surrounding seas.
Dmitry Kozak, who serves as Russian President Vladimir Putin's deputy chief of staff, said an escalation on the part of Ukraine would be "a self-inflicted wound, a shot not in the leg but in the face."
"We equipped ourselves to react to the system, we organized ourselves to react," U.N. Under Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix told Newsweek. He warns, however, "we're absolutely not out of the woods."
"When you use this particular tool to the extent that we're using it, you can expect that it becomes more and more cost-effective for the countries that are affected to look for alternatives," Benn Steil, an economist at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Newsweek.
"We do not anticipate presently that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through this process, though the United States remains open to them," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in comments sent to Newsweek.
In Iran, a majority of 51% of Iranians approve of the nuclear deal, but 62% oppose negotiations involving their country's missile program, and just 37% believe the U.S. would live up to its obligations if it did return to the accord, a Chicago Council on Global Affairs and IranPoll survey showed.
"Sounds like a scene out of 'The Sopranos' and not something the acting superintendent of the New Jersey State Police should be doing," one state official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Newsweek.
"We're all very aware that Congress needs to reassert our war powers authority and stop ceding this authority to the executive branch," California Representative Ted Lieu told Newsweek.
Some 93% in France and the U.S., and 88% in the U.K. and Germany want some degree of change in their political systems, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Majorities in France and the U.S. feel their systems need "major changes" or "to be totally reformed."
A congressionally mandated commission report obtained by Newsweek shows how a plan for major reform of China's healthcare infrastructure and its vaccine distribution could serve the nation, the party, the world and "also help Beijing attain its goal of making China a global leader in healthcare."
Both the United States and Russia are active in Syria's decade-long war, and they see each other as a primary obstacle for peace as the country's crisis deepens even further for everyday citizens.
"Despite signals to the contrary this past week, I am optimistic that we will see some cooperative efforts on climate change in the coming months," Joanna Lewis, director of Georgetown University's Science, Technology and International Affairs Program, told Newsweek.
"It seems that Iranian policymakers have come to realize that the global balance of power is changing," Tehran-based expert Zakiyeh Yazdanshenas told Newsweek. "Iran is going to grab the opportunity of great power competition in order to advance its national interests as much as it can."
"The development of this weapon system is of great significance in bolstering up the military power of the country and deterring all sorts of military threats," Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Secretary Ri Pyong Chol said.
President Joe Biden said during his first presidential press conference that he is "not looking for confrontation, although we know there will be steep competition" with China, whose armed forces say "cooperation is the only right path" for the two top powers.
President Joe Biden said U.S. diplomacy with North Korea "has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization."
"We will leave, the question is when we leave," President Joe Biden said of the U.S. effort to withdraw from Afghanistan.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our allies and partners," U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs Officer Navy Captain Mike Kafka said in a statement sent to Newsweek, calling U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan "ironclad."
"Russia will continue to firmly advocate strict respect for universal international legal norms, such as the principle of not interfering with the internal affairs of sovereign states," Moscow's embassy in Serbia said to mark 22 years ago since the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
"The United States, which has always considered itself an exception and superior, saw its own epidemic situation go out of control, accompanied by political disorder, inter-ethnic conflicts, and social division," China's State Council Information Office found.
The United States has said that North Korea tested short-range missiles over the weekend amid a salvo of comments critical of the U.S. sanctions and joint exercises with South Korea.
Exit polls from Israel's three leading television news outlets show no certain winner among competing political factions, but a solid lead for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.
China, Russia, Iran and North Korea—members of the 17-party Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations—have built on strategic partnerships with one another in recent days, challenging what they see as an increasingly aggressive United States attempting to thwart their interests.