The Kremlin is increasingly concerned about an Islamist uprising in one of the weak autocracies along its southern flank, most of which will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit today in Ufa, Russia.
Even though Tunisia has announced a state of emergency coming after a deadly assault on a beachfront resort last month, British officials don't feel enough has been done to ensure the safety of UK tourists.
Images of a Putin alongside leaders of other large countries, signing economic deals, will reinforce Russia's argument that it doesn't need the West. It's a seductive view, but a superficial one, say analysts.
With Greece's banks just days away from a potential collapse that could drag the country out of the euro, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had been expected to offer up economic reforms in exchange for loans.
The uproar over the US-based ride-hailing service is part of France's ongoing reaction to globalization. Last week two top Uber executives in Paris were arrested briefly for allegedly running an illegal business.
The resignation of Greece's finance minister after Sunday's referendum could be a balm to European officials, who were highly annoyed by his abrasive ways. But the gap between Athens and Brussels still looms large.
The two oil-producing giants seem to have made a breakthrough last month in their often adversarial relationship, signing several cooperation pacts. But incompatible foreign policies may yet cool the new warmth.