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Why Can’t Ex-Chinese Leaders Travel Abroad?

Xi Jinping’s secret strategy for dealing with China’s powerful retired elite.

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Two of America’s Neighborhood Foes Are Headed in Very Different Directions

As Cuba releases more than 3,000 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis's visit, Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro tries to silence his opposition.

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Ukraine Says Goodbye to Red October

Kiev is making a sweeping bid to purge the national map of its Soviet-era place names.

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Mr. President, You’re No Ronald Reagan

How does Obama stack up against the GOP's favorite president?

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In Democratic Vote, Moscow Looks to Restore Soviet Symbol

Muscovites will debate the restoration of their own contentious symbol -- the statue of a feared Soviet police chief.

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Why Pope Francis Inspires Raúl Castro to Go to Church

Warming relations between Havana and the Vatican demonstrate a broader trend of reconciliation between the once-hostile ideologies, which has accelerated under social welfare-minded Francis.

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The Communists that China Forgot

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