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Israeli lawmaker and leader of centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, speaks at a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 2, 2015.

How a Journalist-Turned-Politician Became the Best Hope for Israel’s Anyone-but-Bibi Camp

Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.

After waiting for hours, Nazir Ahmad Kondoo rows his boat toward other fishermen on Anchar Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Feb. 16.

The Last Fishermen of Kashmir

Once teeming lakes are fast disappearing and with them, a lucrative career for tens of thousands of people in the region.

A recent undated picture shows prominent Lebanese activist Lokman Slim, who was found dead in his car in southern Lebanon on Feb 4.

In Publisher’s Death, Lebanese See One More Unsolved Murder

Hezbollah suspected in the killing of Lokman Slim but accountability is unlikely.

Law enforcement officers patrol outside of the NASH TV channel headquarters during a demonstration in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 6. Protesters accused NASH TV of being pro-Kremlin and demanded it be taken off the air.

Ukraine’s President Finally Flexes His Muscles

Volodymyr Zelensky is taking on his country’s pro-Russian media machine. But can he emerge victorious?

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

Turkish plain clothed police officers hold a group of protesters during a demonstration in support of Bogazici University students in front of Istanbul's courthouse, on Feb. 11.

The High Stakes of Turkey’s University Protests

The Erdogan regime has gotten used to controlling the country’s social institutions, but university students have had enough.

Manifestation in Favor of Bolsonaro's Impeachment Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Pandemic

Will Brazilians Ever Dump Bolsonaro?

Brazil’s president downplayed the risk of COVID-19, delayed the purchase of lifesaving vaccines, and dithered as citizens died in Manaus—but his hold on power remains strong.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in an East Room event at the White House as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Ochsorn look on Jan 28, 2020.

Dead Men Don’t Testify

Even in death, billionaire Sheldon Adelson remains good for Israel's Netanyahu.

A Tunisian woman carrying a dog gestures with her middle finger at police officers during a demonstration in Tunis on Jan. 30.

Ben Ali’s Ghost Still Haunts Tunisia

The Arab Spring’s democratic success story is wrestling with the vestiges of an authoritarian past.

A soldier walks in the City Hall compound in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 1.

What’s Next for Myanmar

State leader Min Aung Hlaing, who was due to retire as commander in chief when he turns 65 in July, could now extend his hold on power.

Police control people in the restaurant Schronisko Smakow, on Jan. 18, 2021 at Bukowina Tatrzanska in the Tatra mountains, which was opened on Jan. 17 despite the lockdown.

Poland’s Businesses Are Rejecting Their Lockdown

The Polish government ordered the economy to shut down. Small-business owners organized a mutiny.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shake hands prior to their meeting at the presidential compound in in Ramallah, West Bank, on March 10, 2010.

Among the Unanticipated Outcomes of the U.S. Election: A Palestinian One

Abbas agrees to face voters more than a decade after his term expired.

Soldiers with the United Nations stabilization mission in Central African Republic patrol in PK12 district, south of downtown Bangui, Central African Republic, on Jan. 13.

Outside Powers Are Making the Conflict in the Central African Republic Worse

Proxy wars pitting France and Chad against Russia and Rwanda threaten to destabilize the entire region while subjecting Central Africans to more violence and instability.

Members of the U.S. National Guard walk the largely empty streets of Washington on Jan. 17.

Ahead of Biden’s Inauguration, a Solemn Eeriness Descends on the Capital

A maze of checkpoints stretches across Washington’s commercial and residential districts, webbed in caution tape and patrolled by thousands of troops.

Fans of the Israeli Beitar Jerusalem Football Club show their support during the team's training in Jerusalem on Dec. 11, 2020.

Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?

A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.

A doctor measures the blood pressure of a patient at the Kahdistan health clinic in Herat province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 7. The increasing presence of midwives across the country has started to play a role in improving a mother’s and baby’s chances of survival. Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate has dropped from 1,300 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2002 to 638 deaths per 100,000 births in 2017.

Looming Aid Cuts Will Harm Afghan Women’s Health

With violence on the rise and the U.S. military drawing down, international donors are pulling back some assistance to Afghanistan. Women in refugee camps stand to suffer.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The End of the Road for Bibi?

Another Israeli election and a rebellion in the ruling Likud party spell trouble for Netanyahu.

A view of a building damaged by the August 4 blast in Beirut on Nov. 5.

Lebanon’s Concrete Cartel

How business interests prevent Lebanon from rebuilding its infrastructure, government, and economy.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (L) gestures while talking with Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah (C) along with his son and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah (R) after a meeting in Srinagar on Oct. 15.

Old Rivals in Kashmir Are Joining Forces Against Modi

India’s attack on Kashmiri autonomy has united two parties that were once sworn enemies. The newly formed Gupkar Alliance could reshape the disputed region’s politics and cause problems for the BJP.