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Workers carry a casket to its burial site as a family member (far right) records the moment on his phone at the San Lorenzo Tezonco public cemetery in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, on May 19.

Mourning in Mexico

As the coronavirus death toll mounts, interrupted mourning rituals leave families unmoored.

Lee Yong-soo, a South Korean victim of Japanese wartime sexual slavery, looks at her supporters during a demonstration in front of the national parliament in Tokyo on Aug. 10, 2005.

Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency

Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

An Iraqi fighter inspects the site of an Islamic State attack the day before on a unit of the paramilitary force in Mukaishefah, about 110 miles north of Baghdad, on May 3.

How Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Ended Up Strengthening ISIS

American troops helped keep a lid on the Islamic State in Iraq. The Suleimani killing changed all that.

Released Taliban prisoners depart a government prison outside Kabul near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on May 26.

As Cease-Fire Expires, Afghanistan Yearns for Peace

With new Taliban prisoner releases, the Afghan government hints at progress with peace talks.

Graffiti deriding Dominic Cummings

Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali’ May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last

The U.K. prime minister’s refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comments on the shooting in Nova Scotia during a news conference in Ottawa, Canada, on April 20.

How Canada Got Tough on Guns

Within weeks of a mass shooting, the Canadian government passed a ban on assault-style weapons despite widespread firearms ownership and vocal gun rights groups.

Lebanese protesters ride horses past burning tires in front of the house of former youth and sports minister Faisal Karami, during a protest against dire economic conditions in the coastal city of Tripoli on Oct. 18, 2019.

The Death of Lebanon’s Middle Class

A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty.

A man wearing a face mask walks his dog across a deserted St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, on May 13.

Without Tourism, Italy’s Economy Faces Disaster

Foreign visitors have helped prop up the faltering Italian economy. If they don’t come back, the country is in trouble.

A worker from the Iztapalapa government waits to apply antibacterial gel at the San Nicolas Tolentino Civil Pantheon in Mexico City, on May 12.

Coronavirus Brings Mexico’s Governors to the Fore

State leaders are showing up the president in their pandemic response, giving López Obrador’s critics their loudest opportunity yet to oppose his policies.

Israeli activist with banner protesting Trump's Middle East peace plan

How Israeli Annexation Talk Is Already Reshaping the Middle East

Palestinians withdraw from peace deals, and Jordan could be next, as Israel edges closer to appropriating land outright.

Wilcannia Coronavirus Street Sign

Indigenous Australians Avert an Outbreak—for Now

When the coronavirus arrived, aboriginal communities sprang into action long before the government. But in light of a neglected health system, can their tenuous successes be maintained?

Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, tours the new coronavirus information center in Moscow on March 17.

Putin Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power

Public health is a convenient pretext for extending authoritarian controls.

Franco D’Agostino, 54, returns home to his wife, Gabriella, and his three daughters in Penne, Italy, on April 27 after 42 days in the hospital. He spent 19 days in the intensive care unit for respiratory failure due to COVID-19.

Italy’s Next Phase: Returning Home

As the lockdown begins to ease up, coronavirus patients in ICUs across the country are just waking up—and beginning a long road to recovery.

A woman sits next to newborn babies who lost their mothers following an attack in a maternity hospital in Kabul on May 13.

Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce

Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.

Riga, Latvia

Facing Pandemic, Latvia Follows the Lead of Its Experts

The country has taken a unified, middle-of-the-road approach to the coronavirus, rooted in respect for science. It’s working.

Seoul commuters wear protective masks as they crowd on an escalator and stairs after getting off the subway during rush hour on May 11.

Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia

A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.

People wearing masks in Seoul

South Korea Tries a Tentative Reopening—and Pays for It

After a new spurt of coronavirus cases in Seoul and with a second wave deemed “inevitable,” South Korea is bracing itself for a new normal.

U.S. soldiers intervene against Iraqi protesters carrying flags of Kataib Hezbollah as they storm the U.S. Embassy.

A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq

The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.

Volunteers distribute food boxes and a traditional sweet drink among people for breaking their Ramadan fast in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on May 3.

On the Coronavirus, Pakistan’s Government Is Missing in Action

As the pandemic threatens livelihoods, the country’s poor are relying almost exclusively on the charity of fellow citizens.

A hair salon reopens in Spain during the coronavirus pandemic

Sorry, Americans, You Haven’t Even Had a Real Lockdown Yet

Here in Spain, even easing measures leaves them stricter than in most of the United States.

A police officer gestures at the railway station in Stockholm on Sept. 12, 2015.

The Hidden Flaw in Sweden’s Anti-Lockdown Strategy

The government expects citizens to freely follow its advice—but not all ethnic groups have equal access to expertise.

An aerial view of  an emergency makeshift field hospital at Pacaembu Stadium for coronavirus patients with a capacity of 200 beds in São Paulo on March 27.

Brazil’s Health System Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus

The country’s public hospital capacity is already strained, and Jair Bolsonaro’s reckless policies will hit the poor the hardest.

Men wearing face masks walk past a wall painted with images of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on April 5.

In Afghanistan, the Coronavirus Could Be Deadlier Than War

The pandemic has hit the war-ravaged country at the worst possible time—just as peace appeared possible and as foreign military aid disappears.

Alexander Gauland (foreground), the parliamentary group co-leader of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany, and members of his party's parliamentary group attend a session at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, in Berlin on March 25.

The Coronavirus Has Paralyzed Europe’s Far-Right

The continent’s borders are closed, as extreme nationalists always wanted—but they’re one of the pandemic's victims anyway.

A general view shows an almost deserted street with closed shops and restaurants during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Lukla, northeast of Kathmandu, on March 28.

Nepal May Escape the Coronavirus but Not the Crash

The remote mountain country has only five confirmed coronavirus cases.

A Muslim man walks inside a burned house in a riot-affected area in New Delhi on March 1, 2020, after violence broke out in India's capital.

In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.

For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.

An almost empty Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on March 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat

Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.  

People gather for a drink at a pub in central Stockholm

Sweden Is Open for Business During Its Coronavirus Outbreak

The Scandinavian country believes its distinctive high-trust culture will protect it from needing to shut down for the pandemic.

Visitors to Luang Prabang town, Laos, a world heritage site, are drastically lower than usual

Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction

China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.

Filipinos hoping to get on flights out of Manila hours before it is placed on lockdown queue at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 14, 2020 in Manila, Philippines.

Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium

Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.

Residents walk past debris after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011

How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality

Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.

Anti-riot police officers wearing masks stand guard following a prison revolt at the Sant'Anna prison in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9.

Italy’s Politicians Are Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse

Squabbling leaders, publicity-seeking scientists, and late containment efforts show that authoritarian regimes aren’t the only ones mismanaging public health crises.

Shree Maa Anantanand sits behind medicine made from cow urine, which she uses to treat patients suffering kidney ailments and cancer at her hospital in Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 27, 2010.

Hindu Nationalists Are Pushing Magical Remedies for the Coronavirus

Ayurvedic medicine and other pseudosciences are being pushed by BJP politicians.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

The United States Wants Peace. The Taliban Wants an Emirate.

The two sides smiled for the cameras at their historic ceremony in Doha, but they couldn’t hide why they've been enemies for decades.

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