Welcome back to Axios World. This is our lucky 134th edition and the penultimate before I head off on vacation. We've got a lean but robust 1,570 words this evening (6 minutes).
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Little sunshine is expected when the leaders of most of the world's major economic powers gather this weekend in the French seaside town of Biarritz.
The big picture: With President Trump reprising his role as disrupter-in-chief and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson arriving aboard a runaway Brexit train, there's little the leaders of the G7 countries agree on. So little, in fact, that the host has already warned that there won't be a joint statement.
French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be "pointless" given the differences between Trump and the other participants on climate change and other issues. Besides, "no one reads the communiqués, let's be honest," he quipped.
The guest list...
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in France early, as part of his "do or die" mission to pull the U.K. out of the EU by Oct. 31.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is no stranger to international summits, but she enters this one as something of a lame duck and with an economy that's sputtering ominously. She's said she'll step aside by 2021.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may beat Merkel out the door.
Shinzo Abe is poised to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister this fall and was buoyed by election results last month.
For Italy's Giuseppe Conte, this is more goodbye than hello (though the versatility of "ciao" may mask the difference).
As for Trump, attacking Denmark over a "nasty" message that Greenland isn't for sale, and suggesting Russia be invited back into the G7, may just be a prelude to the weekend's festivities.
The bottom line: From Macron's perspective at least, as the FT's Ed Luce writes, anything short of disaster in Biarritz might count as a victory.
President Sergio Mattarella has given Italy's political parties 5 days to cobble together a majority government and stave off a snap election.
Driving the news: Conte resigned Tuesday, declaring that tensions between the 2 populist parties that comprise the governing coalition — the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League — had become untenable.
Does she, er, look nervous? About the whole No Deal thing? Photo: Omer Messinger/Getty Image
São Paulo, Brazil, has been affected by smoke from the fires. Photo: Andre Lucas/picture alliance via Getty Images
1. Large swathes of the Brazilian Amazon are burning, deepening worries about the effect President Jair Bolsonaro's policies are having on the rainforest nicknamed "the lungs of the world."
2. What is Argentina getting if it elects Alberto Fernández to replace President Mauricio Macri in October?
What to watch: "Given the gargantuan problems with the country’s economy, the question is whether he will be able to remain a centrist," Argentine political analyst Marcelo García writes in the NYT.
3. Meanwhile, aides to one of the world's most unpopular populists, Nicolás Maduro, have been holding talks with the U.S. intended "to push Venezuela’s authoritarian president from power and clear the way for free elections in the economically devastated country," the WSJ reports.
Checking documents this month in Assam. Photo: Anuwar Ali Hazarika/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Why it matters: This could quickly become the largest crisis of stateless people on the planet.
Back in the early 1970s, during Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan, millions of Bengali Muslims fled across the border into Assam. Nearly half a century later, Assam has the largest Muslim minority of any Indian state except Kashmir.
In the mid-1980s, India's government determined that any refugee who crossed the border into Assam after Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 should be a citizen of Bangladesh, not of India.
Last year, the Assam state government finally published a draft National Registry of Citizens that lists everyone who is a legal resident in Assam.
What to watch: The Assam crackdown looks like the prelude to a broader bid by the national government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to discriminate against India's Muslims.
Biarritz, France, ahead of the G7. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
The world's most visited countries (UN data):
The big picture: Global travel habits have been remarkably consistent.
I see you up there, Greenland. Photo: Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
The year was 1940. The Germans had invaded Denmark. The U.S. wasn't yet in the war, but worried a Danish territory closer to home was now vulnerable.
After the war, the Truman administration was ready to buy. Secretary of State James Byrnes offered Denmark $100 million ($1.3b today). A Time Magazine article from 1947 explains the rationale:
"There was always the objection that Denmark's national pride would stand in the way of a sale. But U.S. military men thought they had an answer: Denmark owes U.S. investors $70 million. That is less than the cost of an 850-ft. carrier for the Navy, but more dollar exchange than Copenhagen can easily raise."
Camel rides in Dunhuang, China. Photo: Yang Yanmin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images
"Kashmir is a complicated place. You have the Hindus and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn't say they get along so great."— President Trump