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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on March 12, 2018. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration’s Top Europe Diplomat Resigns

A Russia hawk, A. Wess Mitchell helped reassure U.S. allies worried about the president’s relationship with Putin.

Protesters gather at the Trocadero, facing the Eiffel Tower, during the Women's March in Paris on Jan. 21, 2018. (Owen Franken/Corbis via Getty Images)

#MeToo Goes Global

Here’s where the movement took off in 2018—and where to look for activism in 2019.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and IIhan Omar (D-Minn.) during member-elect briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 15, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Power to the People

Across the globe, new political players, often from outside the mainstream, are displacing the usual suspects.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump to Hold Second Meeting With North Korea’s Kim Next Month

The U.S. president will press his counterpart for more tangible commitments to dismantle nuclear weapons.

There will be no talks about farm goods, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom reiterated, scuppering real hopes for a sweeping trade deal, Jan. 18, 2019. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty)

No Sweeping Free Trade Deal, Brussels Tells Washington

The EU’s terms for talks could herald another trade setback for Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 17. (Martin H. Simon - Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Muscular New Plan to Fend Off Russian and Chinese Missiles

The U.S. president rolled out the most ambitious missile defense strategy since the end of the Cold War.

A police officer removes tires set by protesters during a demonstration in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 14. (Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe Crackdown Saps Hopes of Reform

The violence is a blow to Zimbabweans who hoped for greater freedom of expression in the post-Mugabe era.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army guard of honor marches during a ceremony on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June, 26, 2000.

U.S. Increasingly Concerned About a Chinese Attack on Taiwan

The Pentagon says reunification is the primary driver of China’s military modernization.

The political artist Kaya Mar stands with his painting depicting Prime Minister Theresa May playing a violin in Westminster on Jan 16. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Theresa May Stays but Only in Name

A thin victory in the no-confidence vote leaves no one really running the country.

From left, Rafik Bakhishov, Zafar Ahmadov, and Tofig Yagublu take part in a hunger strike at the headquarters of the opposition party Musavat in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Jan. 15. (Khadija Ismayilova)

Hunger Strike Gains Momentum in Azerbaijan

Seeing Baku as a strategic partner, the United States and Europe overlook rights violations.

National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump as he announces military action against Syria for an apparent gas attack on its civilians, at the White House on April 13, 2018. (Mike Theiler - Pool/Getty Images)

American Troops Die in Syria as Trump Team Squabbles

U.S. Syria policy is dogged by infighting and confusion.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (from left) with U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May at NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 11, 2018. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Do That. Can He?

On NATO withdrawal and other issues, it turns out presidential powers are constrained by norms but not laws.

A demonstration featuring a papier-mâché Theresa May head outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 15. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

A Very British Thrashing

Parliament stomps on May's Brexit dreams.

The General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen from the floor May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Trump Appointee Who Compiled Loyalty List at U.N. and State Steps Down

Mari Stull faced investigations from an internal watchdog and a House committee.

The Tamar natural gas production platform on March 28, 2013. There is growing regional cooperation on energy in the Eastern Mediterranean, whose natural gas boom kicked off here, off the coast of Israel. (Albatross/Getty Images)

Club Med: Israel, Egypt, and Others Form New Natural Gas Group

The new grouping is meant to jump-start the Eastern Mediterranean’s energy revolution.

Chinese police officers watch a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province on March 8, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

As West Grows Wary, Chinese Investment Plummets

The trade war and new U.S. regulations aimed at China are major factors.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent scans the U.S.-Mexico border on March 13, 2017, in Roma, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Border Agents Go Unpaid as Trump Mulls National Emergency

As the government shutdown over the wall nears record length, close to 100,000 CBP and ICE employees are working without pay.

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014, in Mexico City. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Spy vs. Spy, El Chapo Edition

Joaquín Guzmán Loera loved spyware—and it ultimately did him in.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (center) visits Egypt on Jan. 10. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

The Shutdown Has Foggy Bottom in a Funk

While diplomats file for unemployment benefits and seek school lunches for their children, Mike Pompeo is making unpaid workers organize a big ambassadors’ conference in D.C.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.  (Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty)

The Belarusian President Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

Tensions between Moscow and Minsk have sparked worries over another Russian annexation.

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