China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 18. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

The Resistible Rise of Xi Jinping

China's president radically changed his country, and the Communist Party, through skill, determination — and a series of lucky breaks.

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The scene of an exploded truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Oct. 14. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?

From the ashes of the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, lasting peace seems a long way off.

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.

Tillerson and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, meet in Washington, D.C. in March 2017 (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Knocks China, Courts India Ahead of South Asia Trip

Tough words for “One Belt, One Road” and praise for a deepening defense partnership.

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A Turf War Is Tearing Apart the Intel Community’s Watchdog Office

Internal scuffling threatens to dismantle the Intelligence Community Inspector General.

Pence listens while Trump speaks in New York in September 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Chaos in Trump White House, Diplomats Turn to Pence

Diplomat in Trump’s Washington? Step into the vice president’s office.

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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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