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Data: U.S. State Department Office of the Historian; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

President Biden leaves for the United Kingdom on Wednesday, kicking off his first foreign trip as president.

By the numbers: Presidents have made more stops in foreign nations in most recent administrations, though they dropped way off when Donald Trump was in office.

Biden is scheduled to meet with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attend the G7 summit and call on Queen Elizabeth while in the U.K., per Reuters.

  • He plans to travel to Belgium for EU and NATO meetings, and then to Switzerland to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Biden blindsides Europe with new AUKUS alliance on China

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Biden is constructing and deepening new alliances to strengthen the U.S. position in its showdown with China, but he risks alienating longstanding allies in the process.

Why it matters: Biden heralded a new agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines as part of a trilateral security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. as an "historic step" to update U.S. alliances to face new challenges. The message from French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was quite different.

Sep 16, 2021 - World

Putin says dozens in inner circle tested positive for COVID-19

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a video conference in the Moscow region on Sept. 14. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that dozens of his staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, AP reports.

Why it matters: The Kremlin announced earlier this week that Putin, who is fully vaccinated, would go into isolation for an undisclosed amount of time because of infections within his inner circle.

UN climate summit warning signs are adding up

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

There are growing signs that make-or-break climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, this fall won’t produce tangible plans for emissions cuts that keep the Paris agreement’s targets viable.

Why it matters: The climate summit is billed by world and environmental leaders as the last, best hope for securing the global commitments needed to get countries on track to avoiding potentially catastrophic levels of climate change during the next several decades.