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Solar panels near a highway in California
Solar panels near a highway in California

What’s Wrong With the U.S. Solar Industry?

While other countries drive record growth in renewables, several hurdles hamper a full U.S. rollout.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks.

Biden Welcomes Southeast Asian Leaders to Washington

The gathering underscores the United States’ attempts to keep one eye on Asia even as it focuses on Ukraine.

Relatives await the release of prisoners in Myanmar.
Relatives await the release of prisoners in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Meaningless Five-Point Consensus

A program to move the country toward peace gathers dust, one year on.

A bus burns close to Sri Lanka's outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence, in Colombo May 9, 2022.
A bus burns close to Sri Lanka's outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence, in Colombo May 9, 2022.

Sri Lanka’s Protests Turn Deadly

Weeks of peaceful demonstrations erupted into violence following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.

Russian servicemen leave after the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade.
Russian servicemen leave after the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade.

The West Holds Its Breath as Russia Holds Victory Day Celebrations

Fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may escalate the war today come as the West lacks a plan to end it.

Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr (C) and his wife Louise (centre R) wave during a campaign rally in Taguig, Manila on April 24, 2022.
Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr (C) and his wife Louise (centre R) wave during a campaign rally in Taguig, Manila on April 24, 2022.

The Philippines’ ‘Back to the Future’ Vote

More than 35 years after the ousting of his dictator father, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. looks set for a landslide victory.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves.

Britain’s Big Little Elections

The future of Boris Johnson’s leadership and Northern Ireland will become clearer following today’s local elections.

Pro-choice activists attend an abortion rights rally.
Pro-choice activists attend an abortion rights rally.

For a Less Politicized Supreme Court, Look Abroad

The highest U.S. court clings to practices other advanced democracies have already discarded.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson welcomes Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson welcomes Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

Germany Welcomes Swedish and Finnish Leaders

The leaders of NATO’s likely new members visit Berlin as Germany’s approach to Ukraine comes under the spotlight.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi boards a plane at Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 9, 2019.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi boards a plane at Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 9, 2019.

Modi’s European Tour Kicks Off in Germany

Although the West has bristled at his approach to Ukraine, India’s leader is far from isolated.

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
U.S. President Joe Biden listens to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Biden and AMLO Hold Talks at Tense Moment in U.S.-Mexico Ties

Disputes over energy and Ukraine as well as an increase in migrants at the border will give the leaders plenty to talk about.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening day of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening day of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

Erdogan Visits Saudi Arabia to End Khashoggi Rift

An ailing economy has brought Erdogan down from the soapbox, as he comes to Riyadh with outstretched palms.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Elon Musk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Elon Musk

Twitter’s Free Speech Mirage

Countries, not companies, are increasingly the ones setting the rules for online speech.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres waves.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres waves.

As War in Ukraine Ramps Up, Who Wants to End It?

Peace talks have appeared to fade into the background as Russia launches a new offensive.

U.S. secretaries of state and defense speak with the press.
U.S. secretaries of state and defense speak with the press.

Blinken and Austin Meet Zelensky; Macron Wins Second Term

The two U.S. leaders announced almost $500 million in additional support to Ukraine in the highest-level visit from U.S. officials since the war began.

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