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In a leaked recording from a closed-door dinner, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed President Trump, Russia, China, and more, BuzzFeed reports.

One key quote: "I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump. I have become more and more convinced that there is a method in his madness." Johnson also said: "Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard… There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought.”

What he said, per BuzzFeed:

  • On Russia: "[Prime Minister Theresa May] will be putting forward a British plan that will have global support to set up a rapid response unit to identify Russian malfeasance...One of the problems is Russia is so good at spreading violence. They're brilliant at it. We need to identify it and call it out."
  • On China: "We need to engage with China diplomatically...but also recognize that they are our commercial rivals. And they will try to stiff us. ... The Americans have run the tech world for decades...The Chinese are about to win. They've got 5G. They've found a way. Everybody's going to be getting stuff on their gizmos through the Chinese system and not the American system."
  • On Brexit: "I think it will be irreversible...The risk is that it will not be the one we want. ... I will be prepared to compromise over time, but I will not compromise over the destination."

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Ipsos poll: Support growing for abortion rights in Latin America

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Support for abortion rights in some Latin American countries has jumped considerably since 2014, with Argentina seeing the biggest shift, an Ipsos poll finds.

The big picture: The view that abortion should be permitted at least under certain circumstances is held by a majority of adults surveyed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Biden claims "era of relentless war" is over in first UN speech

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Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time since taking office, President Biden laid out his vision for how the U.S. will confront what he characterized as a "decisive" next decade in human history.

Why it matters: In the face of unprecedented global challenges — the pandemic, climate change, rising authoritarianism — Biden made a case for multilateralism, democratic values, the rule of law and empathy for common struggles.

Treasury sanctions cryptocurrency exchange over ransomware transactions

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during a congressional hearing in June. Photo: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of the Treasury announced Tuesday it will sanction cryptocurrency exchange SUEX for allegedly facilitating financial transactions for multiple ransomware actors.

Why it matters: The sanctions, the first against a cryptocurrency exchange platform, are part of the Biden administration's crackdown on ransomware in response to several high-profile cyberattacks this year.