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Police keep watch on a road in Beijing.

China’s Police Are Catching Up to Protesters

An initially soft approach was probably due to confusion, not policy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.

Turkey Is NATO’s Pivot Point Over Ukraine

Erdogan is trying to strike a balance of being pro-Ukraine but not anti-Russia.

A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.
A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.

The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson

One small town in Ukraine held off a Russian attack and helped liberate a key regional capital.

Asia & the Pacific

Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.

Don’t Release Foreign Reserves to the Taliban

China

Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.
Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.

Will China’s Protests Survive?

Middle East & Africa

Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.
Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.

A U.S.-Iranian Standoff at the World Cup—and Beyond

Europe

Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.
Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.

Ukraine Battles On in the Dark

Americas

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Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.

Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men

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A police officer walks past G-20 signage in Indoesia on July 7. DITA ALANGKARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 26: A researcher holds a wafer arrayed with carbon nanotubes (CNT) at a laboratory on May 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 26: A researcher holds a wafer arrayed with carbon nanotubes (CNT) at a laboratory on May 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Rishi Sunak delivers a keynote speech to COP26 delegates in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3, 2021. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Rishi Sunak delivers a keynote speech to COP26 delegates in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3, 2021. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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President Joe Biden gestures with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two leaders met in a hallway as Biden was going to a European Commission on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, on November 15, 2022.
President Joe Biden gestures with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two leaders met in a hallway as Biden was going to a European Commission on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, on November 15, 2022.

The G-20 Proved It’s Our World Government

At a time of global conflict, world powers showed that cooperation can actually work.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor during his remarks before signing an executive order on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor during his remarks before signing an executive order on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

How the U.S.-Chinese Technology War Is Changing the World

Washington’s crackdown on technology access is creating a new kind of global conflict.

The exterior of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, is pictured on March 27, 2018.
The exterior of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, is pictured on March 27, 2018.

Sweden’s Espionage Scandal Raises Hard Questions on Spy Recruitment

Intelligence agencies debate whether foreign-born citizens are more targeted.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands.

Xi-Biden Meeting May Help End China’s Isolation

Beijing has become dangerously locked off from the world.

World Cup Politics

The emblem of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is unveiled.
The emblem of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is unveiled.

How Qatar Can Save Its World Cup Legacy

Media liberalization would allow journalists to report on the country’s labor reforms from within.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping kicks a Gaelic football as he visits Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 19, 2012.
Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping kicks a Gaelic football as he visits Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 19, 2012.

Xi Jinping Is the World’s Most Powerful Soccer Coach

China's team is a national embarrassment — but the party chairman has big plans for the game.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays soccer during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium in Istanbul on July 26, 2014.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays soccer during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium in Istanbul on July 26, 2014.

Captain Erdogan Can’t Help the Turkish Soccer Team

With so much political, social, and financial capital invested in its national squad, why can’t Turkey qualify for a World Cup?

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

How Soccer Defeated Apartheid

As South Africa prepares to hosts the World Cup, it is also coming face to face with its own history.

Long Reads

Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
An archaeologist studies the bones of 14 bodies of women killed by the forces of Francisco Franco in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War at a mass grave in the southwestern Spanish town of Gerena.
An archaeologist studies the bones of 14 bodies of women killed by the forces of Francisco Franco in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War at a mass grave in the southwestern Spanish town of Gerena.

In Spain, Can Truth Ever Bring Reconciliation?

A new law seeks to unearth Franco’s victims, but it doesn’t go as far as truth commissions in other countries.

Military aircraft is seen above plumes of spoke.
Military aircraft is seen above plumes of spoke.

The Solution to Climate Change Isn’t Demilitarization

A new book argues that the Pentagon drives carbon emissions worldwide but ignores inconvenient realities.

Officers with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wait outside an apartment in Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine.
Officers with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wait outside an apartment in Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine.

Ukraine Has a Secret Resistance Operating Behind Russian Lines

Modern-day Ukrainian partisans are quietly working to undermine the occupation.

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A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

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Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Biden administration came into office promising to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Almost two years later, momentum has dissipated, and the deal has all but been derailed. Meanwhile Ira...Show more

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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Europe’s Top Climate Negotiator on the Road After COP27

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Frans Timmermans returned from COP27 with his dreams dashed. Europe’s top climate negotiator says the global climate summit was a disappointment: The pledges made were simply not aggressiv...Show more

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Reporters’ Notebook: Winter and the War

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As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues into 2023, the weather will have an important impact. Ukrainians, of course, are more vulnerable than usual to power outages and energy shocks. But Rus...Show more