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A worker wearing a protective suit and carrying an umbrella walks past the graves of COVID-19 victims at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil, on Feb. 25, 2021. - Brazil surpassed 250,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

Brazil’s COVID-19 Crisis Is Only Getting Worse

As Brazil’s hospitals reach capacity, a new highly transmissible variant has complicated an already haphazard response.

Protesters take cover behind homemade shields during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 1, 2021.

Myanmar Protesters Return to Streets After Bloodiest Day Since Coup

Amid a brutal crackdown, Aung San Suu Kyi has another offense added to her charge sheet.

President Joe Biden signs an Executive Order on the economy in the State Dining Room with Vice President Kamala Harris, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.  (Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)

In Message to Iran, Biden Bombs Syria

Will a move meant to show U.S. strength jeopardize a diplomatic opening with Iran?

Joe Biden—then Vice President—attends a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office between President Barack Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the White House September 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Khashoggi Report To Test U.S.-Saudi Ties

Although the details of the report are an open secret, its publication further signals a break with Riyadh.

Marilu Alanis, 50, rests on a couch while taking shelter at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station after winter weather caused electricity blackouts on February 18, 2021 in Houston.

Why America’s Energy Hub Can’t Keep The Lights On

Texas is the capital of U.S. oil and gas production, but a record cold snap has tested the state’s standalone electricity grid model.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House on February 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

White House Hosts Trudeau in Biden’s First Bilateral Meeting

The U.S. and Canadian leaders seek to put tensions over the Keystone XL pipeline behind them as they meet virtually today.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi addresses the media after his arrival at Vienna International Airport on February 21, 2021.

Iran Eases Up on Inspections Threat

Although the details of the IAEA deal are not yet known, it appears to give the United States and its allies more time to pursue diplomacy.

US President Joe Biden holds a face mask as he participates in a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 16, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

G-7 Scrambles for Global Vaccine Plan

After months of warnings, the group of wealthy nations has begun to put forward solutions to the lopsided distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

A warning message for Australian Facebook users appears ahead of proposed legislation forcing tech platforms to share revenues with news publishers.

Facebook Fires Warning Shot in Fight Against Australian Regulation

Australian users found themselves locked out of news pages as the company flexed its muscles ahead of proposed regulations.

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with then-European Commission Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier prior at the Elysée palace in Paris, on January 31, 202.

Would Michel Barnier Stand a Chance Against Macron?

The former Brexit negotiator has sparked rumors of a presidential bid, but the race seems frozen in 2017.

Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during his party's group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara on February 10, 2021.

U.S.-Turkey Tensions Flare Over Iraq Deaths

Erdogan declared U.S. condemnation of the deaths a “joke,” before the United States delivered a swift clarification.

David Schoen, lawyer for former President Donald Trump, talks to reporters as he departs the U.S. Capitol on the third day of Trump's second impeachment trial on February 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Trump Impeachment Trial Heads For Finish Line

Trump’s defense team will provide a short rebuttal today before resting its case, with acquittal all but assured.

US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Myanmar in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021.

Will U.S. Sanctions Convince Myanmar’s Junta to Change Course?

Myanmar’s generals have proven they can survive sanctions. But sustained public pressure may be harder to endure.

The U.S. Capitol on February 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Trump Impeachment Trial Enters Second Day

Although Trump’s defense team underwhelmed in opening presentations, acquittal still seems the most likely outcome.

European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during press conference following a meeting with EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the EU headquarters, in Brussels, on January 25, 2021.

EU-Russia Tensions Flare in Diplomatic Tit-for-Tat

EU member states took action on Monday following a disastrous trip to Moscow by the bloc’s foreign policy chief.

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