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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders

Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.

The F-22 Raptor after refuelling from the KC-10 Extender off the Queensland coast on July 17, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal

The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov

Russia’s Crazy Sham Election

To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden participate in a virtual diplomatic meeting.

Blinken Defends Afghanistan Withdrawal in First of Congressional Hearing Marathons

Republican lawmakers grilled Biden’s top diplomat over the end to the United States’ Afghan war.

Taliban fighters stand on an armored vehicle.

In Afghanistan, It’s Back to the Future—of Taliban Tyranny

A government of mullahs and terrorists snuffs out freedoms despite talk of inclusion and human rights.

South Koreans walk past replicas of missiles at the Korean War Memorial.

Talk of a Nuclear Deterrent in South Korea

North Korea’s resumed activity at Yongbyon has reawakened calls for Seoul to go nuclear.

Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Congress Presses White House to Take Control of Pacific Island Talks

China is building military bases all over the Pacific. U.S. access is hung up over decades-old nuclear tests.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.

Pressured By China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.

Afghan women protest near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, a day after the Taliban claimed to have crushed the last outpost of resistance, Sept. 7.

Afghans Protest After Taliban Claim to Have Crushed Panjshir Resistance

Chants of “Freedom” and “Death to Taliban” rang out in Kabul and other Afghan cities.

Two men check their weapons at a training camp in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups

The National League for Democracy struggles with its history of oppressing its would-be allies.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Masoud Barzani in Erbil.

Macron Uses Biden’s Afghan Retreat to Push ‘Strategic Autonomy’

But doubts remain whether he can cut his own path in the Middle East.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet.

China, Russia Look to Outflank U.S. in Afghanistan

Meanwhile, Pakistan urges Washington to pump the breaks on sanctioning the Taliban.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with Lloyd Austin.

Ukraine’s President Finally Has His White House Meeting

But Volodymyr Zelensky is irked with the Biden administration over its acquiescence in Russia’s big pipeline.

Afghans wait for the banks to open in Kabul.

U.S. Troop Pullout Sparks New Urgency for Afghan Evacuations

There’s little expectation the Taliban will make it easy to leave.

A U.S. military plane prepares to board evacuees at Kabul’s airport.

Last U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan After 20 Years of War

More than a hundred American citizens remain in the Taliban-controlled country.

Burqa-clad women shop at a market in Kabul.

In Taliban’s New Afghan Emirate, Women Are Invisible

“All the women of Afghanistan have one fear, the Taliban,” said former deputy defense minister Munera Yousufzada.

An Ethiopian women sits at a refugee camp in eastern Sudan.

U.N. Officials Downplayed Sexual Violence in Ethiopia in Leaked Call

In a conversation in March, U.N. officials on the ground questioned whether some reports of mass rapes in the Tigray fight were “media hype.”

Medical and hospital staff bring an injured man on a stretcher for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on Aug. 26.

Is Islamic Terrorism Coming to the U.S. Again?

After the deadly Kabul attack, the CIA pins its hopes on an unconventional counterterrorism strategy.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House on August 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Biden Vows to Respond After Deadly Kabul Terrorist Attack

U.S. officials had repeatedly warned of threats from the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan this week.