Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Chen Miner attends the 19th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 19. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor

Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.

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The Afghan army conducts a controlled explosion during a military exercise on the outskirts of Kabul on April 30, 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Report: IED Casualties Surge in Afghanistan

Roadside bomb attacks are falling overall, except in Afghanistan.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Oct. 18. (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia

The attorney general is aware of the threat Moscow poses to American elections — he just hasn’t done anything about it.

President Donald Trump holds a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 16. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans Have Stockholm Syndrome, and It’s Getting Worse

The GOP has stopped resisting President Trump and started accelerating his race to the bottom.

Women walk through Kabul in 1972. (Via Amnesty International UK)

How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose

A brave new book describes how Pakistan unraveled — and provides a blueprint for understanding declining pluralism across the Middle East.

Afghan army trainees inside a helicopter simulator at a military base in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 21, 2009. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

‘Ghost Soldiers’: Too Many U.S.-Trained Afghans Are Going AWOL

Some 13 percent of Afghan military personnel training in the United States last year went AWOL.

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

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