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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media.

Australia Draws a Line on China

Canberra’s had enough of trade embargoes and Chinese grievances—and is ready to draw a line.

A woman wearing a burqa walks past the site of a shooting in Kabul.

Afghan Women’s Problems Don’t End With the Taliban

A new U.S. intelligence assessment suggests women’s rights in Afghanistan face threats even without a Taliban takeover.

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves after speaking about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Health Experts Slam Biden’s ‘Massive’ Global Leadership Failure

Biden’s speech to Congress ignores his dithering on COVID-19 vaccine patents, jeopardizing millions of lives in other nations, critics say.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets military aeronautics.

Coronavirus Crisis Drives Bolsonaro to Play Politics With the Military

Brazil’s controversial president is again looking to lean on the military for support amid a political crisis.

Family members and relatives wearing protective gear carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus towards a pyre at an open crematorium in Bangalore on April 26, 2021.

Biden Scrambles to Help India Check COVID-19

The United States is sending medical gear and oxygen but has yet to unleash its vaccine stockpile.

Former Afghan King Mohammed Zahir Shah arrives at Kabul’s international airport.

When Afghanistan Almost Worked

Five decades ago, before the great powers intervened, Afghanistan was on a much better path than today. But the longed-for “decade of democracy” was soon shattered.

Jeffrey Feltman, then-U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, speaks in Colombia.

U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like ‘Child’s Play’

Jeffrey Feltman, the new American envoy to the Horn of Africa, faces a cascade of overlapping challenges in the region.

A woman cries at a makeshift memorial for Armenians killed during the military conflict with Azerbaijan.

Armenia Is Still Grieving

Losing a war has reopened old wounds in a battered nation.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a pronouncement on new COVID-19 emergency aid.

Bolsonaro Offers Biden an Olive Branch

This week’s climate summit offered the Brazilian president a fresh opportunity to engage with the new U.S. administration.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Italian Lega party leader Matteo Salvini

Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite

Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels? 

Russian warships and military jets take part in a military exercise.

Russia Further Ramps Up Military Pressure on Ukraine

Moscow could just be strong-arming Kyiv and Washington—or preparing another invasion.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin smile during the Belt and Road Forum.

China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties into a Military Challenge for Biden

“You face a two-front war where we don’t have a two-front military,” said one former Trump official.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives at a U.S. base in Maidan Shar.

From Moral Responsibility to Magical Thinking: How Biden Changed His Mind on Afghanistan

After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about climate change issues,

Biden Plans Big Pledge on U.S. Emissions Cuts

Washington wants to reclaim climate leadership and get other major countries to ramp up ambitions.

A view of a ruby star atop one of the Kremlin's towers in downtown Moscow on Dec. 9, 2019.

U.S. Slaps Wide-Ranging Sanctions on Moscow—but Stops Short of Killer Blow

The Biden administration takes a novel, broad-brush approach to Russia’s nefarious activity.

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves after speaking to U.S. State Department staff.

Biden to Announce Nominees for Key Diplomatic Posts

Experts and former diplomats want to see Biden pick up the pace on nominations to better compete with China on the world stage.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center to discuss the nuclear deal reached with Iran in Davie, Florida, on Sept. 3, 2015.

U.S. Mounts All-Out Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

Chief negotiator Robert Malley begins to forge a compromise with both Iran and hard-liners at home.

Two girls stand at the entrance of a tent in an IDP camp in Syria.

Assad Regime Continues Stonewalling U.S. Aid to Syria

Syrian government is using aid deliveries as a weapon, State Department reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects military exercises.

Is Russia Preparing to Go to War in Ukraine?

Troop buildup near Ukraine’s border is the largest since 2014.