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Members of the U.S. Secret Service hold a perimeter near the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the killing of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Protests Erupt Across the United States

As cities burn during continuing protests over police violence, the police have responded with even more violence.

An activist with the Fridays for Future movement helps to pin thousands of protest signs and banners to the lawn in front of the Reichstag during the novel coronavirus crisis on April 24, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Is Climate Action About to Take a Back Seat to COVID-19?

As governments turn their focus to economic recovery—can it also be green?

Riot police take part in a crowd dispersal operation in the Central district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020.

Will the U.S. Sanction China Over Hong Kong Law?

A U.S. official says the U.S. response will be “as targeted as possible,” but more details are scarce.

Taliban prisoners sit inside a vehicle during their release from Bagram prison 50km north of Kabul.

Will Afghanistan’s Cease-Fire Open The Door For Peace?

The Afghan government has called for the Taliban to extend a three-day cease-fire, and reports suggest the Taliban may agree to an extension.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters upon arrival at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 24, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Will Bolsonaro Pay the Price for a Botched Pandemic Response?

Brazil now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases globally, and the president’s approval rating keeps slipping.

Chinese president Xi Jinping is applauded by delegates wearing protective masks as he arrives at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22, 2020 in Beijing.

Is This the End of Hong Kong As We Know It?

Popular protests extinguished plans for new national security laws in 2003. Will China now impose them by fiat?

An employee is seen among freshly dug graves at the Vila Formosa cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 20, 2020.

Do Poor Countries Face a Greater Risk From Coronavirus?

The WHO chief is “very concerned” about rising cases in poorer countries, as worldwide cases pass five million.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (C) arrives during a ceremony to unveil the Cyber Security Investigation Office in New Taipei City on April 24.

Tsai Begins Second Term During a Rough Week For Taiwan

Taiwan has received acclaim for its coronavirus strategy, but setbacks at the WHO show how far it still struggles for international recognition.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves a news conference with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 8.

Is Mike Pompeo in Trouble?

The dismissal of the State Department’s inspector general has, ironically, exposed multiple investigations into the conduct of the Secretary of State.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is surrounded by journalists at the end of a daily press briefing on COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on March 11, 2020.

China Faces Pressure as World Health Assembly Meets

Over 120 countries have now co-sponsored calls for an inquiry into the international response to the coronavirus pandemic.

An engineer works  on an experimental coronavirus vaccine at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing on April 29.

If There’s a Vaccine, Who Gets It First?

As researchers around the world race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, questions remain over equitable distribution.

Workers at Island Harvest Food Bank distribute goods to people in need of food assistance on May 08, 2020 in Massapequa, New York.

Powell Warns Central Banks Can’t Stop Recessions on Their Own

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. risks an even deeper downturn if Congress doesn't take further action soon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes the hand of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following their meeting in Jerusalem on October 18, 2019.

Is Pompeo in Israel to Bless Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan?

The State Department says the trip is to discuss the coronavirus and Iran, but a much more pressing issue is likely on the agenda.

A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a military store in Saint Petersburg on May 11, 2020.

How Russia Became the New Coronavirus Hotspot

After a relatively slow start to the pandemic, Russia is now seeing the number of cases grow rapidly.

Christians wearing face masks attend a service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 10.

South Korea Shows That Defeating Coronavirus Isn’t Quick or Easy

As even the best-managed countries ease lockdown restrictions, coronavirus cases are stubbornly rising.

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