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A woman places a sign on the lectern as people prepare the CDU party conference studio for the party's digital conference and leadership contest in a hall at Berlin Messe fairgrounds.

Germany Prepares to Choose Merkel’s CDU Successor

The powerful Christian Democratic Union party selects a new leader and likely successor to Angela Merkel. Can they avoid a repeat of their last attempt?

A voter casts a ballot at a polling station in Kampala, Uganda, on January 14, 2021.

Uganda Goes to Polls in Tense Election

Political violence has marred the run-up to an election that opposition candidates say is already rigged.

A worker cleans the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

U.S. House Holds Vote To Impeach Trump—Again

The impeachment resolution is expected to pass easily, although it’s not yet known how a Senate trial will play out.

US President-elect Joe Biden receives the second course of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on January 11, 2021 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, administered by Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cuming. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. Vaccine Rollout Making Slow Progress

Although vaccine distribution has not met expectations domestically, the U.S. program is still far ahead of most countries.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing at the State Department on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Designates Houthis as Terrorists, Complicating Yemen Relief Efforts

The designation is part of a flurry of activity by the State Department in the Trump administration’s final days.

A cleaning crew vacuums the floor of a hallway at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Trump Promises “Orderly” Transition As Calls For His Removal Grow

Without mentioning Biden by name, Trump acknowledged a “new administration” will take power on Jan. 20.

Congressional staffers hold up their hands while Capitol Police SWAT teams secure the floor in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

Mob Invades U.S. Capitol as World Looks On

The attack on Congress sets a new low for the United States as it begins 2021.

Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al-Saud arrives for the 177th Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 2019.

Saudi Arabia Shoulders Oil Output Cuts as Economic Outlook Dims

The cautious move comes as the World Bank warns of a “lost decade.”

The Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, on June 20, 2017.

Gulf States’ Qatar Blockade Ends With a Whimper

After all the bluster and demands made by Gulf states in 2017, it appears Qatar has successfully waited out its larger neighbors.

Protesters hold a sign to support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the EU British Embassy in Brussels on December 07, 2020.

U.K. Judge Blocks Assange Extradition on Mental Health Grounds

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that although Assange's crimes met the extradition requirements, his suicide risk was too high to allow a U.S. handover.

Pro-choice activists wait for the result of a Senate bill to legalize abortion outside the Congress in Buenos Aires on December 30, 2020.

Argentina Legalizes Abortion In Historic Senate Vote

The country will become only the third in Latin America to allow unmitigated access to the procedure.

The moon rises over the US Capitol Dome at sunset in Washington, DC, December 28, 2020.

Vote on COVID Relief Checks Could Delay Senate Override of Trump NDAA Veto

Sen. Bernie Sanders is threatening to delay Senate business until a vote is scheduled on sending $2,000 checks to Americans.

Police officers wait at the Port of Dover on December 23, 2020 in Dover, United Kingdom.

WHO Confronts Mutating COVID-19 Threat

With little known about whether the virus mutation will react differently to existing treatments, BioNTech’s CEO is optimistic.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference with U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner in Jerusalem on December 21, 2020.

Israeli Knesset Likely to Dissolve as Extension Vote Fails

Israel appears to be heading for its fourth election in two years as an automatic dissolution of the Knesset looms.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich appears for a news conference at the Department of Justice on Oct. 19, 2020, in Washington.

Russia’s Alleged Hack Could Be Worst in U.S. History

A sophisticated cyberattack has hit the heart of the U.S. government, affecting the Treasury, Defense, and Energy departments—among others.

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