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Trump and Putin in Helsinki. Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images
The percentage of Russians who are confident President Trump will "do the right thing regarding world affairs" plummeted over the last year from 53% to 19%, according to Pew's annual Global Attitudes survey.
By the numbers: Trump's campaign push for warmer ties with Moscow clearly broke through, with 41% of Russians viewing the U.S. favorably in the months after he took office — up from 15% at the end of Barack Obama's tenure. That number has now fallen to 26%.
The bigger picture: Across the 25 countries sampled, 70% lack confidence in Trump, on average. Views of the U.S. remain narrowly positive, though, with 50% approving and 43% disapproving. In some key allied countries, meanwhile, we're sinking further into uncharted territory ...
What to watch:
Grass is greener: Respondents in France were far more likely to say they have confidence in Merkel than in Macron. In Germany, the opposite is true.
President Trump hailed his NAFTA update today as "the most important trade deal we've ever made by far."
Between the lines: Trump says the deal he's calling the USMCA (U.S., Mexico, Canada agreement) is "brand new." But it doesn't appear that different from NAFTA, unless you're in the dairy or auto industries. Still, after all the drama and acrimony, we've actually got a deal — assuming Congress signs off, that is.
The bottom line: Axios' Jonathan Swan described Trump's negotiating strategy in April as, "Threaten the outrageous, ratchet up the tension, amplify it with tweets and taunts, and then compromise on fairly conventional middle ground." Sounds about right.
Survivors amid the wreckage in Palu. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia on Friday is now over 1,200 and expected to rise further, NPR reports, citing local media.
Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman notes that the lack of an early-warning system contributed to the devastation:
Ramaphosa, with Mandela looking on (in mural form). Photo: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's efforts to revive Africa's second-largest economy aren't off to a propitious start.
Asked about that last week by Foreign Policy's Jonathan Tepperman, Ramaphosa said prosecutions "will definitely come." He asked for patience and added, "Because we’re not on a slide downward; we’re on a climb upward."
Go deeper (NYT): South Africa’s Leaders Are Killing One Another.
The Macedonians who turned out Sunday for a referendum on the country's name voted overwhelmingly to become the Republic of North Macedonia. However, not nearly enough of them showed up.
What to watch: "If the agreement succeeds," Jonathan Katz of the German Marshall Fund writes for Axios Expert Voices, "Macedonia will need to embark on a series of steps to pave the way for NATO membership, including adoption by its parliament of the contentious constitutional change, and parliamentary ratification by Athens. If the agreement falls apart, so too will Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations."
Seventy-four countries have criminal statutes banning homosexuality, and arrests have been recorded in 45 of them over the past three years, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
The latest: Gay rights activists in India recently won a major victory when the country's Supreme Court overturned a colonial-era law that had made gay sex a crime.
An apple harvest in Kashmir. Happy fall! Photo: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images
"We had very strong tensions. ... It's all worked out. You know when it ended? Around 12 o'clock last night."— Trump on Justin Trudeau