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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon’s Vision for Independence Is on the Ballot in Scotland

The first minister’s party will almost certainly win the election this week, but the nationalist movement still faces divisions of its own.

Annalena Baerbock attends a press conference.

Germany’s Post-Pacifist Generation Is Nearing Power

The world according to Annalena Baerbock, the Green Party candidate—and frontrunner to become chancellor.

A health worker from a women's clinic in Islamabad.

The Global Gag Rule’s Long Shadow in Pakistan

Biden repealed major restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, but anti-abortion ideology still limits crucial reproductive care in the places that need it most.

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For Indians Abroad, Talk of Home Is Terrifying

Watching a catastrophe unfold from afar has left India’s diaspora feeling angry and helpless.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson eats ice cream.

Boris Johnson’s Buffoonery Is No Longer Funny

The publication of the British prime minister’s cellphone number is the latest debacle to hit a scandal-plagued government.

Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.

For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

A century after the mass killings, Armenians in Turkey are still outcasts.

Colombian Marine Infantry soldiers patrol the streets of Buenaventura, Colombia, on Feb. 10.

In Colombia, Free Trade Has Come With More Violence

Nearly a decade after signing a deal with the United States, the future in cities like Buenaventura looks worse and worse.

People walk in front of a statue.

Uzbekistan’s Online Religious Revival

After years of state oppression, many Uzbeks are finding stricter interpretations of Islam on the internet. Some experts say it could have radical consequences.

A young shepherd plays with his sheep.

‘The Taliban Have Tracked Me’

In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.

Children walk through ruins in the Qarabagh district of Afghanistan.

Afghans Haven’t Forgotten Taliban Atrocities

The United States’ withdrawal may be a balm domestically. It’s anything but for those that lived through the horror.

A police van outside the Grand Mosque in Shadian, China.

China’s Crackdown on Islam Brings Back Memories of 1975 Massacre

Islamophobia has spread far beyond the persecuted Uyghur minority.

Frontline workers wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

What’s Behind India’s Second Coronavirus Wave?

Waning immunity, new virus variants—India’s sharp surge could be caused by any number of alarming factors.

Tourists photograph elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

When Nature Conservation Goes Wrong

Environmentalists’ intent on saving the planet by protecting natural habitats are creating human disasters of their own.

Members of the Koglweogo, a self-defense militia, attend an annual gathering in Siguinvousé, Burkina Faso, on Feb 14.

Biden’s Strategy in the Sahel Looks a Lot Like Trump’s

U.S. diplomacy is back in West Africa—but the United States is also back to its old counterterrorism playbook.

A student receives a dose of the China National Biotec Group COVID-19 vaccine.

How I Got Caught Up in the Great Vaccine Race

As China, the United States, and other nations roll out their COVID-19 cures, it’s hard to know where to get the jab.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Israeli party Raam.

An Arab Kingmaker in Israeli Politics?

With election results deadlocked, an Arab-led party is seen as a possible swing faction.

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Did Israel’s Security State Fail the COVID Test?

Netanyahu’s focus on maintaining ultra-Orthodox support as the pandemic raged didn’t help him win, but it has left deep scars.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past a billboard of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

Exit Polls Put Netanyahu on Track to Win Israeli Election

He appears to have beaten back challengers who include defectors from his own party.

Migrant domestic workers carry placards during a protest to abolish the kafala system in Beirut on May 5, 2019.

Why Lebanon Can’t Kick Its Addiction to Indentured Labor

The country is almost bankrupt, but it still forks out on migrant workers under the heavily criticized kafala system.

U.S. President Joe Biden with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the White House, Mar. 8.

Austin Calls for ‘Responsible’ End to Afghan War

The U.S. defense secretary, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan, warned that Taliban violence remains “pretty high” as Biden weighs withdrawal.