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Asylum Seeker Rahaf al-Qanun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Jan. 12, alongside Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

When Home Is a Prison, More Saudi Women Are Choosing to Flee

The latest refugees from the kingdom fled to Tbilisi, Georgia, and spoke to Foreign Policy before seeking asylum in the West.

Juma Khan gathers with neighbors on March 31 at the site of what appears to be a U.S. airstrike in which 13 members of an extended family, including his daughter, son-in-law, and numerous grandchildren, were killed in the village of Aqulabul, near Telawka, north of Kunduz, Afghanistan, on March 22.

U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air

Civilian deaths mount as Washington tries to pressure the Taliban in peace talks.

Ambazonia Military Forces General John, who says he commands thousands of rebel soldiers in Ambazonia, poses with his bodyguards in Borrere, Cameroon, the Ambazonian flag proudly hanging behind them, on Feb. 13.

Cameroon’s Separatist Movement Is Going International

Armed groups are slipping into Nigeria and appealing to the Cameroonian diaspora to fuel their fight for a breakaway state.

Venezuelans cross improvised walkways over the border at the Táchira River, between Cúcuta, Colombia, and San Antonio Del Táchira, Venezuela, on March 18. Some are refugees fleeing the country, others go to retrieve supplies that are scarce in Venezuela as a result of the ongoing political and economic crisis.

Venezuela’s Exile Economy

In Colombia, refugees are changing how cities work.

A Somali soldier at Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu on June 13, 2018.

Does America Know Who Its Airstrike Victims Are?

A recent strike in Somalia raises questions about whether Africom investigates civilian casualties.

China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and Panama's Juan Carlos Varela (second from right) wave flanked by first ladies Peng Liyuan (left) and Lorena Castillo (right) at the newly inaugurated Cocoli locks in the Panama Canal, on Dec. 3, 2018.

The Panama Canal Could Become the Center of the U.S.-China Trade War

Panama’s strategic and symbolic importance place it at the heart of growing trade tensions.

Members of Warduj’s Afghan Local Police unit in front of their main base in their exile in Bahorak on Aug. 24, 2018.

Beijing Eyes Afghanistan’s Intimate Wars

Afghan militia members driven from their homes square off against Uighur exiles.

Sudanese demonstrators gather in central Khartoum after the toppling of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

A People Power Bid to Defy History in Sudan

As talks between the military junta and civilians stall, demonstrators thronging the streets say this won’t be just another Arab Spring outcome.

Spanish conservative People's Party leader  Pablo Casado (C), secretary general Teodoro García Egea (L), and the party's number two candidate Adolfo Suárez Illana (R) attend an election night gathering in Madrid after Spain held general elections on Apr. 28.

Pablo Casado Was Meant to Save Spain’s Center-Right. He Destroyed It.

Spain’s conservatives lost more than half their seats in parliament by trying to outbid the far-right.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó waves at his supporters during a demonstration at Avenida Francisco de Miranda on May 1 in Caracas.

Guaidó’s Plan for Venezuela Is in Limbo

The opposition leader’s call for Venezuelans to fill the streets and for the military to turn on the president has not yet brought about the change he seeks.

Abdelkhaleq Jouloud sits with his family in their tent at a camp for displaced people in Hammam al-Alil, south of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, on Nov. 12, 2018.

Among Displaced Iraqis, One Group Is Worse Off Than the Rest

Internal refugees with perceived ties to the Islamic State suffer abuse and sexual exploitation in camps.

A migrant rides a bike past greenhouses in El Ejido, Spain, on Jan. 14.

Inside Spain’s Electoral Hothouse

The country’s agricultural heartland prepares for a possible Vox victory.

A radiation and European bison hazard sign on the road to the deserted village of Ostroglady, Belarus, on April 11. In the exclusion zone, wild nature is flourishing, which means not only radiation but also wild animals—such as wolves and bison—pose a threat to trespassers.

Zombie Movies, Disaster Tourism, and Broken Lives

Thirty-three years after the Chernobyl meltdown, parts of the contaminated zone have become attractions. In others, a harsher reality persists.

Volodymyr Zelensky celebrates after the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election at his campaign headquarters in Kiev on April 21.

How a Jew Won Over the Land of the Cossacks

Under threat from Russia, national identity in Ukraine has overpowered religious and ethnic differences.

The Ukrainian actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky on set in Kiev, Ukraine, during filming of  “Servant of the People” on Feb. 6.

Who’s Laughing Now: Zelensky or Putin?

Ukraine’s incoming comedian president has sent mixed signals on Russia. But the Kremlin may not sit still while he figures out a policy.

A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.

Tashkent Underground

The Ilkhom Theatre Company has kept freedom alive in Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Delegates sing the Ukrainian national anthem during the first congress of the new political party National Corps, created from the members of Azov civil corps and veterans of Azov regiment in Kiev on October 14, 2016.

There’s One Far-Right Movement That Hates the Kremlin

Ukraine’s Azov movement is hostile to Russia, friendly to neo-Nazis, and inspired by France’s new right. It’s not running in Ukraine’s presidential elections because it plans to win power by playing a long game.

The Israeli Arab politician Ahmed Tibi casts his vote during Israel's parliamentary elections in in the northern Israeli town of Taiyiba on April 9. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

How Israel Marginalizes Its Arab Citizens

Disaffection prompted the lowest voter turnout in years among Arab Israelis.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu points to photos of Likud party members as he delivers a speech during the launch of the Likud party election campaign in Ramat Gan, Israel, on March 4. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

5 Factors That Will Make or Break Bibi’s Re-Election Chances

The Israeli leader is vying for a fifth term amid corruption allegations.

Photos gathered from social media and friends of the ethnic Kyrgyz students gone missing in China.

Kyrgyz Students Vanish Into Xinjiang’s Maw

Musicians, folklorists, and storytellers disappear after being forced back to China.

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