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A man reads a local newspaper covering the results of Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections in Colombo on Aug. 7.

The Rajapaksas Win in a Landslide in Sri Lanka

Parliamentary elections on Thursday cemented the family’s hold on power, amid warnings that human rights will suffer as a result.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31 in Harare.

Zimbabwe Cracks Down on Protests as Economy Crumbles

With inflation running at 700 percent, the pandemic has left an already weak state on the brink.

People protest at the Main Square in Krakow, Poland, during a rally of solidarity with political prisoners in Belarus on July 3.

In Belarus, an Unlikely Trio Challenges Lukashenko

The president’s sixth term in office is all but guaranteed, but an unexpected groundswell of support for the opposition has exposed his unpopularity.

Two staff members of Doctors Without Borders wear protective masks during an emergency response training.

The International Aid Sector Faces a Reckoning

Doctors Without Borders staff are pushing back against institutional racism, reflecting a growing debate in the aid community over the legacies of colonialism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shows his passport to an electoral commissioner as he arrives at a Moscow polling station to cast his ballot in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms on July 1, 2020.

Putin’s Russia Gets Voters’ Rubber Stamp

This week’s constitutional referendum gives the long-serving president the veneer of legitimacy needed to hold on to power through 2036.

A general view shows the Saddle Dam, part of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba, Ethiopia, on December 26, 2019.

The Clock Is Ticking on Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute

Ethiopian officials say they will start filling Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam next month, but they haven’t reached a deal with the countries downstream.

A fighter loyal to the U.N.-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord prays in an expression of gratitude in the Qasr bin Ghashir district south of Tripoli, Libya, on June 4 after the GNA regained full control of Tripoli from the rival forces of military leader Khalifa Haftar.

Russia and Turkey’s Proxy War in Libya Heats Up

The oil-rich African nation is in danger of becoming the next Syria.

People wave Syrian national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration against U.S. in Damascus on June 11.

Is Syria’s Assad on the Edge?

New U.S. sanctions come into force next week, threatening the country’s fragile economy and dealing a fresh blow to the regime.

Filipino protesters in protective masks march in protest over the government's new anti-terror law on June 4 in Quezon City, Philippines.

New Anti-Terrorism Law Would Enhance Duterte’s Power

In the Philippines, the House of Representatives just passed legislation that will enable a crackdown on government critics.

Primary school children leave their classrooms in Dori, Burkina Faso, on Feb. 3. 2020.

Extremism Is on the Rise in West Africa. Education Is Suffering.

A new report from Burkina Faso shows that rising violence is taking a toll for a generation of children.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an exclusive interview with AFP in the capital of Damascus on Feb. 11, 2016.

Why Did Assad Just Seize His Cousin’s Assets?

A deepening family rift shows intensifying pressure on the Syrian president.

A demonstrator takes part in a protest against China’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims, calling on the U.S. government to take action against Beijing, in Washington on April 6, 2019.

Will the United States Sanction China Over Xinjiang?

The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill condemning Beijing’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims. Its enforcement remains uncertain.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a televised announcement in Caracas on March 26.

Botched Venezuela Operation Is a Boon for Maduro

A coup attempt by a U.S.-based security contractor looks like a propaganda victory for the Venezuelan president.

Lebanese anti-government protesters gesture during a demonstration in Beirut against the growing economic crisis on May 1.

Why Lebanon’s Protesters Are Back

As the coronavirus lockdown eases, demonstrators respond to the country’s worst economic crisis since the civil war.

A man uses his mobile phone as he walks past advertising for the new iPhone outside the Apple store in Hong Kong on October 10, 2019.

Security Flaw in iPhone Mail App Went Undiscovered for Years

A recently uncovered bug in Apple’s email app shows prominent individuals remain vulnerable to hackers.

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