Panama Establishes Ties With China, Further Isolating Taiwan

The decision, which also raises questions about waning American influence under President Trump, may put Taiwan’s relationship with its remaining allies in Central America in doubt. Source: World

The Interpreter: How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East

The blockade of Qatar by Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia is the latest episode in a rivalry between the Persian Gulf nations that goes back decades. Source: World

Dennis Rodman, Frequent Visitor to North Korea, Is Back

Mr. Rodman, the ex-N.B.A. star who once held Kim Jong-un’s newborn daughter, announced his return to the North on Twitter but did not say what he was doing there. Source: World

Saudis and Emiratis List Dozens Linked to Qatar as Aiding Terrorism

The decision to issue the list, which includes 59 people and a dozen organizations, deepened a five-day standoff in the Middle East. Source: World

Memo From Israel: Divided by Victory, Israelis Still Grapple With 1967 War

Israel’s capture of Jerusalem’s Old City 50 years ago changed the region. But the dilemma about its occupation of Palestinian areas remains unsolved. Source: World

As Tillerson Begins Russia Talks, Putin Leaves Him Guessing

The secretary of state has met Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Moscow, but whether he would see Russia’s president was the subject of diplomatic theater. Source: World

Erdogan Calls Dutch ‘Nazi Remnants’ After Turkish Minister Is Barred

The moves escalated a diplomatic dispute over efforts by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to campaign in Europe on behalf of a referendum to bolster his power. Source: World

Putin and Merkel: A Rivalry of History, Distrust and Power

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel now represent the sharply divergent visions clashing in the world. The question is, which one will come out on top? Source: World

As Kelly and Tillerson Visit Mexico, Their Reassurances Differ From Trump’s Stance

Top U.S. officials held a news conference in Mexico City as policy announcements from the White House continue to enrage the Mexican public. Source: World

In Bhutan, Happiness Index as Gauge for Social Ills

Dasho Karma Ura has spent years defining Gross National Happiness. But persuading other nations to adopt an index aimed at spiritual well-being has had its challenges. Source: World