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Medical staff members, wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus that began in the city, arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 25.

How to Tell What’s Really Happening With the Wuhan Virus

China struggles with a fast-moving outbreak, as the authorities move to cut off unauthorized information.

Medical staff transfer patients to hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 17.

Wuhan’s 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread

Trains and flights out of the central Chinese city have been canceled as the toll from a new coronavirus grows.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There

Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington on Jan. 8.

Assassination, Extrajudicial Execution, or Targeted Killing—What’s the Difference?

Successive presidents have tried to shape new terminology for political killings. But they’re still mostly illegal.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi

Is Iran Abandoning the 2015 Nuclear Agreement?

Not quite. But by saying it’s no longer bound by any nuclear restrictions, Tehran has come one big step closer to scrapping the deal.

Top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal,

Democrats Give Trump a Trade Victory—Even as They Impeach Him

Eager to be seen as doing more than taking down the president, Speaker Pelosi readies a “yes” vote on USMCA.

Rep. Jerry Nadler

Believe It or Not, Impeachment Is About to Get Even More Partisan

Expect anger and grandstanding as the House Judiciary Committee picks up the torch with a critical decision bearing down on the Democrats.

Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip

What Just Happened in Hong Kong’s Elections?

Hong Kongers turned out in droves to defeat pro-Beijing candidates.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during Saudi-Russian talks in Riyadh on Oct. 14.

Shrunken Aramco Listing Could Crimp Saudi Crown Prince’s Bigger Plans

By failing to attract major international investors, Mohammed bin Salman may have to kiss his Saudi Vision 2030 goodbye.

Workers fill sacks with lithium carbonate at the state-owned lithium extraction complex in the southern zone of the Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia.

Bolivia’s Lithium Isn’t The New Oil

A popular theory around Evo Morales’s removal is completely mistaken.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 28, 2017.

Now the Public Gets to Decide on Impeachment

Key witnesses will begin testifying before Congress in public for the first time this week. And for both sides, credibility is on the line.

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Violence Will Get Worse

Police brutality has pushed protesters to extremes.

Then-Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks at a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 24.

Why Is Evo Morales Suddenly No Longer President of Bolivia?

The ousted leader is calling it a “coup,” but he entered dangerous legal territory in pushing for an unprecedented fourth term.

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, one of the main gateways for trade with Asia and which is suffering lower cargo volumes due to the trade war, on Nov. 7.

Does Trump Have a China Trade Deal Yet or What?

Sort of. If you can call it that. Pity about all the lost billions of dollars.

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