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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Neuss, western Germany on September 21, 2017, during the final days before Germans head to the polls. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel’s Great Escape

The chancellor's response to the refugee crisis was going to be her downfall. Then Germany's welfare state kicked in.

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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.

South Korea's K-1 tank fires during a joint military drill between US and South Korean Marines at a fire training field in the southeastern port of Pohang on July 6, 2016.
South Korea and the United States are conducting a joint marine infiltration and attack exercise, testing the interoperability of the two countries' forces for a potential operation against North Korea. / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Sneak Peek at America’s War Plans for North Korea

The Pentagon has been running war games for years, and the results aren’t pretty.

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No Country for Civilians

The sudden exodus from war-torn South Sudan is the largest Africa has seen since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This is what a nation without civilians looks like.

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The 1980s American Soap Opera That Explains How Russia Feels About Everything

A look at the peculiar obsession with “Santa Barbara” in the post-Soviet experience.

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The Human Toll of Yemen’s Unending War

With the country's health services decimated by conflict, cholera is raging through the civilian population.

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How (Not) to Kill Kim Jong Un

The history of failed attempts on the lives of Pyongyang’s leaders shows if you come for the Kims, you better not miss.

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Forget Purple Mountains’ Majesty

With corporate interests and climate change threatening America’s national parks, international cooperation and entrepreneurial competition might be the only things that keep them safe.

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The Convenient Disappearance of Climate Change Denial in China

From Western plot to party line, how China embraced climate science to become a green-energy powerhouse.

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The U.S.-China 50

Meet the people powering the world's most complex and consequential relationship.

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Lebanon, USA

One Beiruti photographer went looking for America’s heart in 24 towns named for his homeland. This is his journey.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES:  Julius (R, 1918-53) and Ethel Rosenberg (L, 1915-53) are seated in a police van in 1953 in New York shortly before their execution for espionage. Rosenberg, husband and wife, joined the US Communist Party, and were convicted of being part of a transatlantic spy ring uncovered after the trial of Klaus Fuchs in Britain. They were found guilty in a highly controversial trial of passing on atomic secrets to the Soviet Union and became the first US civilians to be executed for espionage in Sing Sing Prison 19 June 1953. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sins of the Father Shall Not Be Visited on the Son

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's son has devoted his life to aiding children of imprisoned radical leftists. And his work is about to become more urgent than ever.

A mushroom cloud rises from a nuclear weapon test during Operation TUMBLER-SNAPPER. Over two thousand Marines witnessed the event, which was conducted in 1952 at the Nevada Proving Ground.

The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World

Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook the Trump administration will reach for if it stumbles into a nuclear war.

TOPSHOT - This picture taken with a zoom effect shows people attending a pro-Europe demonstration on March 26, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Is Still a Superpower

And it's going to remain one for decades to come.

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Lidio Javier’s Long Journey Home

Tracing the steps of one young Mexican who died in the Arizona desert suggests Trump’s wall won’t do much to deter migrants — and could kill more like him.

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