World in 2:00

World in 2:00
Cuban President Raúl Castro (left) and his appointed successor Miguel Díaz-Canel at a meeting of Cuba's National Assembly. April 18, 2018. Courtesy: Asamblea Nacional de Cuba

With the prospect of increased economic ties with the U.S. off the table, incoming president Miguel Díaz-Canel is eyeing increased foreign investment from China and Russia.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 27, 2018. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Prince Mohammed bin Salman hopes to partner with Russia for up to two decades to coordinate oil production beyond the OPEC oil cartel.

Russia's U.S. Ambassador says his country will respond to the expulsion of 130 diplomats from more than 20 countries, but won't "be provoked into an emotional outburst."
Heads of state and ministers pose for a photo before the signing of the AfCFTA on March 21, 2018. Courtesy: African Union Commission

Analysts say the participation of 44 African nations in the new trade agreement will go a long way toward sorting out the 'spaghetti bowl' of existing trade deals on the continent.
Courtesy: European Commission

E.U. officials argue the continent's tax structure was 'not designed to cater for those companies that are global, virtual or have little or no physical presence.'
A graphic promoting the Venezuelan state-run Petro cryptocurrency. Courtesy:

Venezuela's cryptocurrency experiment was already in trouble. Sanctioning the Petro, argues Geoff Ramsey, only fuels President Maduro's argument that the U.S. is out to get Venezuela.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses supporters at an election night rally in downtown Moscow. March 18, 2018. Courtesy: Russian Presidential Executive Office

Speaking to reporters after Sunday's victory, Putin didn't deny that he'd seek a further presidential term in 2024, even though doing so would require a constitutional rewrite.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (right) speaks with Jonathan Guy Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. March 14, 2018. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says Russia's involvement in a chemical nerve agent attack on British soil is a 'defining moment' for the U.N. Security Council, as one permanent member attacks another.
Prime Minister Theresa May departs Number 10 Downing Street, her official residence, on September 6, 2017. Courtesy: Number 10

Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday that Britain is expelling '23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers' in response to the attempted murder of Sergei Kripal using a chemical nerve agent.
Prime Minister Theresa May en route to the Munich Security Conference. February 16, 2018. Courtesy: Jay Allen/Crown Copyright

Prime Minister Theresa May says British intelligence believes Russia was either behind the attack on Sergei Skripal or lost control of a 'potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent.'