Welcome back to World Brief, where we focus on U.S. diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, a contentious reelection in El Salvador, and Senegal’s decision to delay a presidential vote. Join our weekday newsletter! U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently traveled to Saudi Arabia to discuss ongoing efforts to secure a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. Additionally, Blinken plans to meet with leaders in Egypt, Qatar, Israel, and the West Bank to push for the release of remaining Israeli hostages and a humanitarian pause in Gaza. The U.S. has also made clear its stance on not intensifying regional conflict while promising to continue to strike Iran-backed militias in retaliation for the deaths of three U.S. soldiers. Meanwhile, a bipartisan deal has been announced by U.S. Senate lawmakers that includes funding for Israel, Red Sea security, Ukraine, and new border restrictions, with some conservative opposition. Moreover, the U.S. is set to strike Chinese investments and multiply its nuclear arsenal. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has celebrated a landslide reelection win and his party’s control of the Legislative Assembly, raising concerns about civil liberties and democratic norms. Senegal’s parliament is currently debating a presidential election postponement, and Chile is mourning after deadly wildfires. King Charles III of England has been diagnosed with cancer, and the risk indicators for China invading Taiwan are increasing. Finally, the Japanese Embassy in the United States has weighed in on whether Taylor Swift will make it back in time for the Super Bowl.