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U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump Pledges Military Response to Protests, Provoking Outrage

Congress pushes back after images of police violence spread over the weekend with a move to limit Pentagon weapons transfers to local authorities.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Managua on July 22, 2019.

Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.

Coronavirus Travel Bubbles

Welcome to a World of Bubbles

Countries across Europe and Asia are exploring special bilateral arrangements to ease border restrictions. The result could be a globe fractured along epidemiological lines.

Workers carry a casket to its burial site as a family member (far right) records the moment on his phone at the San Lorenzo Tezonco public cemetery in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, on May 19.

Mourning in Mexico

As the coronavirus death toll mounts, interrupted mourning rituals leave families unmoored.

U.S. President Donald Trump, alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal

By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.

A stuffed doll of Pepe the Frog sits at the main entrance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Nov. 23, 2019.

Canada May Host the World’s First Incel Show Trial

There's plenty of reason to doubt a misogynist murderer deserves to be prosecuted as a terrorist.

A man holds up his fist during a protest near the White House in Washington on May 31.

With Scenes of Police Brutality, America’s Beacon to the World Winks Out

U.S. soft power was already dwindling under Trump. But the new wave of police violence and racial injustice may be drying up the reserves.

Taliban prisoners walk in line during their recent release from Bagram prison near Kabul on May 26.

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus

“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) with his wife Emine Erdogan, followed by then-director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde (L) in Paris on November 11, 2018 prior to commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the  armistice ending World War I.

Why Erdogan Won’t Ask the IMF for Help

Turkey's economy is a mess, but its president won't seek an IMF loan because the conditions would mean giving up his extensive patronage network.

Windows of the Grand Hotel in Taipei are illuminated to form the word "zero" after Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases for two consecutive days, on April 17.

How Taiwan Can Turn Coronavirus Victory Into Economic Success

Taiwan beat the virus with efficient government and advanced technology—the same ingredients that power the economy.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Kim Is Back, but North Korea Still Isn’t Stable

There’s a lot more to worry about in Pyongyang than just its ruler’s health.

People commute on a bus during morning rush hour in Beijing on May 22.

Don’t Touch Your Face: Our Cities May Never Be the Same Again

On this week's podcast: How the coronavirus could transform urban life.

A family watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a television at their home in Amritsar on March 24.

Leaders Can’t Lift Lockdowns Without Public Trust

Germany’s reopening is working because Angela Merkel treats citizens like adults; China’s is succeeding because people see results. In India, there’s no trust—and little evidence of progress.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on April 14.

Trump Scapegoats China and WHO—and Americans Will Suffer

The White House’s official narrative about the pandemic is contradicted by the facts—and creates new obstacles to stopping the virus.

A protester carries a U.S. flag past a burning building in Minneapolis on May 29 after a night of protests in reaction to the police slaying of George Floyd.

America’s Race Problem Erupts Anew, Layered With Coronavirus Tensions

Rioting in the aftermath of another police-inflicted death—this time in one of the most prosperous U.S. cities—reveals how little progress has been made.

The New York Stock Exchange.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The stock market is soaring, African leaders are rallying around George Floyd, and reducing the U.S. military presence abroad could boost the domestic economy.

President Donald Trump

Rethinking American History in Trump’s Shadow

Catastrophes like the pandemic or the president shape the past as much as the future.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks at reporters asking questions as he returns to the Oval Office after delivering a statement on China at the White House May 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Trump Cuts U.S. Ties With World Health Organization Amid Pandemic

Democrats and NGOs slammed the White House decision, saying the U.S. president was ceding influence to China and further undercutting the coronavirus response.

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