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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press in Washington on April 1. Trump goosed oil prices in hopes of a grand bargain with Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the economy continues a historic contraction even as the administration warns of more than 100,000 deaths.

Trump Talks Up Oil Markets, but the Economy Is Still Tanking

Despite a brief recovery in oil, experts say there is still no deal to cut production and boost prices.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump at the White House.

In Global Leadership Void on Pandemic, Critics Ask: Where’s Pompeo?

The U.S. secretary of state is late to finding his voice on the pandemic, as the State Department scrambles to repatriate tens of thousands of American citizens stranded abroad.

A U.S. Navy helicopter lands on an aircraft carrier.

Pentagon Removes Carrier From Middle East Amid Pandemic-Induced Resource Fight

The Defense Department will end the deployment of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East as the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. military has intensified.

Cuban health workers go door to door looking for possible cases of the novel coronavirus in Havana on March 31.

Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions

With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki.

Russia Scores Pandemic Propaganda Triumph With Medical Delivery to U.S.

Along with China, the Kremlin is looking to gain a geopolitical edge on the West by rushing medical supplies to countries hit hard by the coronavirus.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno at the Élysée presidential palace in Paris on Nov. 12, 2019.

As the World Is Distracted, Boko Haram Terrorists Strike a Key Western Ally

The battle against jihadi terrorism in Africa takes one of its deadliest turns yet, with consequences far beyond the region.

North vs. South: The Netherlands competes against Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. The Netherlands, like Germany, is resisting Southern Europe’s calls for fiscal solidarity as the coronavirus causes economic chaos across the continent.

Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines

Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”

A live broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the nation over the coronavirus outbreak

In the Coronavirus, Putin May Have Met His Match

The Russian leader still wants to make himself president for life. But COVID-19 is fomenting new distrust in the state he built.

A worker cleans a bus to avoid the spread of the coronavirus in Tehran on Feb. 26.

How an Iranian Airline Tied to Terrorism Likely Spread the Virus (and Lied About It)

Why is Iran the flaming epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East? One of the primary suspects is Mahan Air.

A Reaper drone used for missions in Afghanistan is seen in Nevada in 2009.

Death by Drone: America’s Vicious Legacy in Afghanistan

As the United States prepares to leave, thousands of killings remain unprobed, and Washington refuses to talk about them.

Pump jacks draw crude oil in California

Is the U.S. Also to Blame in the Oil Price War?

Congress is accusing Saudi Arabia and Russia of waging “economic warfare” on the United States. But companies in the United States, the biggest oil producer in the world, aren’t slowing down yet.

A woman wearing a mask in Iran

Democrats Push Back on Sanctions, Citing Coronavirus Fears 

They want waivers to speed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Iran and other sanctioned nations hit hard by the pandemic.

U.N. Security Council members

U.N. Security Council Paralyzed as Contagion Rages

A major player in the Ebola outbreak, the council has turned into the site of a U.S.-China showdown over the coronavirus.

Travelers wait for a charter flight arranged by the U.S. Embassy

‘It’s Pretty Much Going to Be a Death Sentence’

State Department struggles to bring thousands of stranded Americans home as air travel shuts down from the global coronavirus pandemic.

Traffic in Beijing

Can Europe and the U.S. Follow China’s Lead on Economic Recovery?

China may be getting something close to a V-shaped bounceback from the coronavirus. The question is whether it can last—and whether the rest of the world can achieve anything like it.

Iranians, some wearing protective masks

U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic

Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has unveiled unprecedented measures, including unlimited Fed support, announced Monday, to help contain the fallout of Covid-19, Mar. 3.

Fed Fails to Stem Market Bloodbath as Congress Stumbles on Aid Package

Economists say the sudden slowdown in economic activity from the coronavirus has no precedent in U.S. history.

Christine Lagard, the president of the European Central Bank, speaks in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 12.

Europe’s Central Bank, in About-Face, Swoops in to Save a Virus-Afflicted Continent

Only a week after implying she didn’t care about shielding more debt-troubled economies, the ECB's Lagarde reveals a 750 billion-euro fix. But the bitter trade war with U.S. resumes.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan.

China Casts Itself as Global Savior While U.S. and EU Focus on Virus at Home

As Western countries battle with their own domestic epidemic, a newly stabilized China seizes a chance to portray itself as the emerging superpower. Will it work?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference.

U.S. Citizens Abroad Frustrated by Lack of Help From Embassies Amid Pandemic

Democratic lawmakers express “urgent concern” to Pompeo about failure to assist with flights and information.

The U.N. Security Council chamber sits empty

U.N. Diplomacy In The Age of Contagion

Some delegations are repatriating vulnerable staff from New York amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department

Pompeo Criticized for Failure to Communicate on Coronavirus

Diplomats, lawmakers say the State Department hasn’t been transparent in responding.

A tourist walks in the airport in Kyiv, Ukraine amid coronavirus fears.

In Historic First, Peace Corps to Evacuate Volunteers Worldwide Amid Pandemic

The U.S. agency announced it was suspending operations globally and recalling volunteers for their safety as the outbreak spread.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Global Diplomacy Grinds to a Halt on Infection Fears

One by one, the U.N., WTO, and other major international players are canceling regular gatherings.

A woman carries goods near U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan.

Diplomats Fear a Collapse of South Sudan’s Latest Peace Deal

Even as they publicly support the pact, many privately think it is built on a house of cards and will be pulled down by the country’s bloody past.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making Canada their home—but support for the monarchy is looking shaky.

As Harry and Meghan Arrive, Canadians Wonder if They Should Dump the Queen

The celebrity couple abandons their royal duties and moves to Vancouver Island. For Canadians, that rekindles an old debate: Why is a British monarch still their head of state?

The U.S. Department of State

Trump Loyalist Appointed to Oversee Relations With U.N., World Health Organization

The appointment of White House aide Sean Doocey could douse hopes of change for a battered and bruised State Department bureau.

Joe Biden takes the stage at a campaign event in Los Angeles.

The Joe Biden Juggernaut

With his smashing Super Tuesday victories and Bloomberg's endorsement, the former vice president has suddenly become the chief 2020 challenger to Trump.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media following a closed-door briefing on Iran at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 21, 2019.

How America’s First Jewish President Could Be Tougher on Israel Than His Predecessors

Bernie Sanders, if he wins the White House, could be the first U.S. leader in more than 40 years to declare Jewish settlements illegal.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?

His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Afghanistan

Pompeo Announces Taliban Peace Deal Plan

The pact pledging “intra-Afghan” talks is to be signed Feb. 29, but questions remain over whether the deal will last.

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