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Tanzania's President John Magufuli speaks during the official launch of the party's campaign for the October general election at the Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma, Tanzania, on August 29, 2020.

Tanzania Votes Today. Its Democracy Is Under Strain.

Critics say a campaign of repression is helping propel President John Magufuli to a second term.

People block traffic in the center of Warsaw during a protest against a decision by the Constitutional Court on abortion law restriction, Warsaw, October 26, 2020,

Abortion Rights Protests Paralyze Poland

The nationwide demonstrations are a challenge to the ruling Law and Justice Party and the Catholic Church.

A woman argues with law enforcement officers during an opposition rally in Minsk, on October 25, 2020.

Will Belarus Go On Strike?

Opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called for a national strike today after President Lukashenko ignored her “People’s Ultimatum.”

Volunteers and reservists, who wish to join the Karabakh Defence Army to fight against Azerbaijani forces during the ongoing military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, take part in a military training course in Yerevan on October 22, 2020.

Pompeo Hosts Foreign Ministers From Both Sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

The U.S. Secretary of State has downplayed talk of a new cease-fire and plans to meet separately with each minister.

US President Donald Trump (R) and former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trump and Biden Prepare for Final Showdown

Microphones will be muted for portions of tonight’s debate as the candidates make one final pitch to voters.

U.S. arms control envoy Marshall Billingslea leaves after speaking at a press conference on June 23, 2020 in Vienna, Austria.

U.S. and Russia Close to Agreement on Nuclear Weapons Treaty

Although a deal is reported to be close, details on verification have yet to be ironed out.

A protester displays a placard at the entrance of the Murtala Muhammed Airport during ongoing protest against the unjust brutality of The Nigerian Police Force Unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Ikeja, Lagos on Oct. 19, 2020.

Nigeria’s Protests Push Authorities to the Edge

Nationwide protests over a hated police unit have morphed into wider calls for change in Nigeria, where authorities are weighing tougher measures to halt the movement’s momentum.

Luis Arce, the presidential candidate for MAS (Movement Towards Socialism), on Oct. 18, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia.

Bolivia Has a Socialist President—Again.

Exit polls show that Evo Morales’s successor, Luis Arce, is on track for a convincing first-round victory.

Thousands of anti-government protesters and students protest at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok on October 15, 2020.

Thai Protesters Defy Government Crackdown

The arrests of two protest leaders seem to have galvanized support for the pro-democracy movement.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrive for a roundtable meeting on the second day of a European Union (EU) summit on October 2, 2020.

EU Leaders Meet as Coronavirus Cases Surge Across the Bloc

An EU-U.K. trade deal isn't likely before Boris Johnson’s Oct. 15 deadline. What comes next?

The Israeli settlement of Ariel.

Israel to Approve New Settlement Units in the West Bank

Despite shelving annexation, Netanyahu is full-steam ahead on settlement expansion.

An Indian army convoy drives along a highway in Gagangir, India, near the border with China, on June 19.

No Resolution After Top-Level Talks Between Indian and Chinese Military Commanders

With significant gaps remaining between their positions, a prolonged standoff along the disputed Line of Actual Control is likely to continue.

U.K Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a peace summit on Libya.

U.K. and EU Seek Trade Deal as Critical Deadline Nears

From fish to Northern Ireland, major disagreements remain as Brexit negotiations enter their final week.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a news conference as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the announcement of the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran.

U.S. Slaps New Sanctions on Iran as U.N. Arms Embargo Set to Expire

Washington is trying to ensure the pressure stays on Iran, but Moscow could try to strengthen its ties to Tehran.

Anti-fascist protesters outside the court in Athens, Greece, where the trial of leaders and members of the Golden Dawn far-right party is taking place on Oct. 7.

Greece’s Golden Dawn Ruled a Criminal Organization

The ruling against Golden Dawn is a major victory for liberal democracy; U.S. vice presidential candidates discuss foreign-policy issues.

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