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The Secret History of Diplomats and Invisible Weapons

The alleged use of a “sound weapon” against U.S. Embassy officials in Cuba harks back to a Cold War medical mystery.

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The Graveyard of Empires and Big Data

The Pentagon's secret plan to crowdsource intelligence from Afghan civilians turned out to be brilliant — too brilliant.

Indian women wait in a queue for their turn to vote at a polling station in the Naini area on the outskirts of Allahabad during the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections on February 23, 2017.
Uttar Pradesh is home to over 200 million people -- more than the entire population of Brazil -- and polls in the battleground state are a bellwether of national politics. / AFP / SANJAY KANOJIA        (Photo credit should read SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

‘If Money is Not Distributed, You Are Finished’

In India's contentious politics, it's impossible to avoid the smell of cash.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY "China-politics-rights-Tiananmen" by Robert Saiget(FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 1989 shows hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathering around a 10-metre replica of the Statue of Liberty (C), called the Goddess of Democracy, in Tiananmen Square demanding democracy despite martial law in Beijing.  Families of those killed in the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on June 2, 2010 demanded China end its silence and open a dialogue on the bloodshed. In an annual open letter, 128 members of the Tiananmen Mothers castigated the Communist Party government for ignoring its calls for openness on the crackdown that occurred June 3-4, 1989 and vowed never to give up their fight.  (Photo by CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Mikhail Gorbachev Have Saved the Soviet Union?

The Soviet leader is remembered as the man who killed a superpower. But Gorbachev’s gambit on reforms could have worked -- if only he wasn't betrayed by the Communist Party.

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The Russian Reset That Never Was

How palace intrigues in the Kremlin, the death of Qaddafi, and war in Ukraine ushered in a new era of mistrust between Russia and the United States under Obama.

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The Unlikely Origins of Russia’s Manifest Destiny

How an obscure academic and a marginalized philosopher captured the minds of the Kremlin and helped forge the new Russian nationalism.

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Why Jihadists Fight

Tunisia is supposed to be the success story of the Arab Spring — so why are so many of its young men flocking to the Islamic State?

Worker prepares the collaborative dual-arm robot YuMi at the Swiss automation group ABB booth at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, central Germany on April 13, 2015. India is the partner country of this year's trade fair running until April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brainbelt Awakening

It’s time to stop championing the "lonely heroes" of innovation like Apple, Google, and Amazon and rally around the ingenuity of the world’s waning industrial communities.

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The Antonescu Paradox

Hitler’s Romanian ally led an utterly barbaric regime — that while often protecting Jews inside Romania’s borders, murdered them indiscriminately just outside those borders.

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame speaks during a press conference in the Ugandan capital, Kampala on December 12, 2011 a day after he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for inspiring the young generation in Africa to desire for change and better life. Rwandan President Paul Kagame rejected allegations that his government was behind the killing in Kampala earlier this month of a journalist critical of his government. "That  is merely one of the assumptions and I don't think we need to work on just one assumption and neglect the facts. It is wrong, absolutely wrong," Kagame told journalists at a press conference.
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‘I Think I May Die Tonight’

The story of an ambitious Rwandan journalist who challenged Paul Kagame’s leadership.

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Inside the CIA Red Cell

How an experimental unit transformed the intelligence community.

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The Saints and Smugglers of Syria’s Civil War

How expatriates ran a covert campaign to funnel millions of dollars worth of aid into one of Syria’s worst-hit towns -- right under Assad’s nose.

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Building the Kremlin’s Big Brother

Inside the minds of the engineers and computer scientists developing phone taps and facial recognition software for Moscow’s security apparatus -- no questions asked.

401175 01: U.S. Army 101st Airborne Sgt. Jason Deer from Franklinville, New York flies in a Blackhawk helicopter as he mans his M-60 Delta machine gun February 16, 2002 during a reconnasance mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is part of a United States force that is continuing to pursue and fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in the country. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Killing Abu Ghadiya

The untold story of a risky Delta Force mission to take out a senior al Qaeda militant inside Syria.

Photo released by the Korean Buddhist Sharing Movement Wednesday Dec. 17, 1997 showing North Korean refugee teen-agers hiding in a farm barn in Chang Bai, China Oct. 19, 1997. The organization discussed the famine in North Korea during a news conference in Washington Wednesday Dec. 17, 1997.  (AP Photo/Pomnyun/Korean Buddhist Sharing Movement)

North Korea’s Real Life Hunger Games

What it's like to fight for your life in North Korea.

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