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A woman walks past the Taliban.
A woman walks past the Taliban.

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.

Trump Under Investigation for Possible Violations of Espionage Act

Top secret classified information was among the documents recovered from the former president’s Florida resort.

A general view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
A general view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Russia’s Gone Nuclear in Ukraine—With Power Plants, not Missiles

The United States and United Nations have told Moscow to stop holding Europe’s biggest nuclear reactor hostage.

A member of the Russian forces guards in front of surface-to-air S300 missiles in a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile unit on the Cape of Fiolent in Sevastopol on March 5, 2014.
A member of the Russian forces guards in front of surface-to-air S300 missiles in a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile unit on the Cape of Fiolent in Sevastopol on March 5, 2014.

Ukraine Tries to Blow Up Russia’s Grip on Crimea

Ukraine isn’t taking credit for the strikes, but officials see them as an effort to cut Russian supply lines.

A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022.
A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022.

Russia Suspends U.S. Nuclear Inspections

But the Kremlin “doesn’t actually want an arms race” with Washington, experts say.

Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.
Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.

Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape

More than 70,000 Afghans who worked for the United States are still waiting for visas—unless the Taliban get to them first.

Two men walk past a row of guards in uniform.
Two men walk past a row of guards in uniform.

Chinese Police Could Crush Solomon Islands Opposition

Government critics fear security pact consequences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Russian Navy Day parade.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Russian Navy Day parade.

Russia Is Readying the Zinc Coffins Again

U.S. officials believe Russia is facing its toughest fight since World War II.

A woman waves the European Union and Georgian flags.
A woman waves the European Union and Georgian flags.

Georgia’s Ruling Party Is Tanking Its Own NATO Bid

Accusing the U.S. ambassador of blackmail is just the start.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island.
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island.

China’s Taiwan Saber-Rattling Is the New Normal

China has slashed military-to-military talks and climate dialogues after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a speech on U.S.-Africa policy in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a speech on U.S.-Africa policy in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2021.

Team Biden to Unveil New U.S. Africa Strategy

The strategy seeks to grapple with China’s growing influence in Africa without painting African countries as geopolitical pawns.

Containers are loaded onto a ship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Containers are loaded onto a ship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Sanctioned Russian Ships Are Still Doing Business With India

The vessels’ activity highlights the challenge faced by the Biden administration in enforcing Russia sanctions around the world.

A Taliban fighter aims his rifle.
A Taliban fighter aims his rifle.

Taliban Killings Skyrocket in Forgotten Afghanistan

A new report exposes the regime’s shocking brutality.

Osama bin Laden sits with Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Osama bin Laden sits with Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al Qaeda Leader, Successor to Bin Laden, Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

“Justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden says.

Then-U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi attends a news conference.
Then-U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi attends a news conference.
Vacationers sit on a beach in Greece.
Vacationers sit on a beach in Greece.

The Mediterranean as We Know It Is Vanishing

From Saint-Tropez to Amalfi, the region’s most attractive tourist destinations are also its most vulnerable.

Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine
Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Breadbasket Is (Almost) Open for Business Again

But the devil is in the details, including how ships can navigate offshore minefields and Russia’s shifting will.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Visit Sets Up No-Win Situation on Taiwan

Damned if she goes, damned if she doesn’t.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, speaks to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on April 4, 2018.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, speaks to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on April 4, 2018.

Populists at the Gates

With Mario Draghi on his way out, Europe braces for the most radical right-wing government in Italy’s republican history.

A demonstrator holds a pro-Russian banner in Burkina Faso.
A demonstrator holds a pro-Russian banner in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso Could Be Next for Russia’s Wagner Group, U.S. Intel Fears

A military coup, natural resources, and roiling insecurity are a recipe for Russian intervention.

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