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The LWOT: US asserts right to target Americans; Shahzad appears in court

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The Wise Men and The Bomb

Some of the leading figures of the atomic age argue for a dramatic reduction in nuclear weapons — ultimately down to zero. Why?

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Ethiopia’s Democratic Sham

A government clampdown has rendered the outcome of Sunday's parliamentary elections a foregone conclusion. Washington doesn't seem to mind that its ally, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, is assured a win.

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Quiz: Which country had the highest rate of economic growth in 2009?

Quiz: Which country had the highest rate of economic growth in 2009?

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Indonesia Learns Chinese

A once-banned language makes a comeback.

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Rise of the Eurocons

Why the continent's conservative moment won't last.

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Turkey’s Zero-Problems Foreign Policy

The Turkish government this week brokered an 11th-hour nuclear fuel swap deal with Iran. Turkey's foreign minister explains the principles that made it possible.

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Beijing’s Billions

China's foreign-policy ambitions could change the way it spends its money abroad.

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Afghanistan’s Might-Have Been

Former presidential hopeful Abdullah Abdullah tells Washington that supporting Hamid Karzai and doing right by Afghanistan aren't the same thing.

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Five Primaries Where the World Matters

From immigration to defense spending to Israel, foreign policy is making a surprising showing this election season.

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A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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When Washington seeks to curtail Beijing’s ambitions or punish Moscow for its war in Ukraine, it often turns to a familiar tool: sanctions. In the last two years, the Biden administration ...Show more

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israel’s Democratic Decline

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Protests Erupt After Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak

Protests erupted at Egyptian universities and demonstrators attempted to enter Cairo’s Tahrir Square after an Egyptian court decided Saturday to drop criminal charges against ousted President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. Security forces used tear gas, water cannon, and birdshot to disperse between 1,000 and 2,000 protesters ...

Syrian Airstrikes Kill Dozens in Raqqa

Syrian government warplanes struck the northern city of Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold, Tuesday killing dozens of people, according to residents and activists. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Syrian aircraft conducted at least 10 strikes, with the majority concentrated in the eastern portion of the city. The activist group reported 95 people ...