Middle East & Africa
Mexican National Guard members stand watch along the banks of the Suchiate River to prevent crossings to and from Tecun Uman in Guatemala, on July 3.

Guatemala Cancels on Trump

Plus: Iran says it will talk—if U.S. sanctions end, Italy presents a migration plan, and what to watch in the world this week.

How Africans Are Dealing With Everyday Corruption

When accessing basic services, more than 1 in 4 people are still being squeezed for bribes.

From left, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018.

How Europe Can Save What’s Left of the Iran Nuclear Deal

With the help of Russia and China, European leaders can prevent the total collapse of the 2015 agreement—and keep the region safer.

Protesters take part in a rally in Kowloon in Hong Kong on July 7.

Can Hong Kong Export Its Protest Movement?

Plus: Russian missiles headed for Turkey, U.S. immigration raids, and the other stories we’re following today.

Emergency personnel search for wounded people after a bomb exploded at the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.

Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surrounding the Death of a Special Prosecutor

On the podcast: Alberto Nisman accused Argentina’s president of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Then he was shot in the head.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Iran sanctions in the White House on June 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Hasn’t Failed—Yet

Maximum pressure could still deliver strategic outcomes.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from Baghdad during a brief visit to Iraq on May 7.

Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say

The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran’s influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.

Saudi Minister of State Mohammed al-Shaikh arrives for the second day of a U.S.-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Bahrain on June 26.

Gulf-Israel Ties Might Not Survive Trump’s Peace Plan

A political program that does not envision statehood for the Palestinians could reverse the Gulf Arab states’ tentative warming toward Israel.

Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kazem Gharib Abadi give a press conference after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on July 10.

Iran Faces New U.S. Sanctions Threat

Plus: A chemical weapons investigation in Syria, pension reform in Brazil, and the other stories we’re following today.

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten listens during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on April 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s Joint Chiefs Nominee Accused of Sexual Misconduct

News of the allegations surfaces at a time of unusual turmoil in the Pentagon’s top ranks.

Syrian youths walk past a billboard showing a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wearing sunglasses while dressed in a Field Marshal's camouflage fatigues, on display in the centre of the capital Damascus on July 9, 2018, with a caption below reading in Arabic: "If the country's dust speaks, it will say Bashar al-Assad."

Assad Hasn’t Won Anything

After years of bloody warfare, it’s time to recognize what the Syrian dictator rules over: a chronically violent and chaotic failed state.

Workers install electric wires at the Khazir refugee camp west of Erbil on Nov. 21, 2016.

How to Keep the Lights on in Kurdistan

Caught between the United States and Iran, Iraq is facing deep energy insecurity. In Kurdistan, the solution may be solar power.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally in Ambo, Ethiopia, on April 11, 2018.

Ethiopia’s Year of Reckoning

Ahead of elections in 2020, Ethiopia has many problems to address. Here are our top reads on how Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and what comes next.

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations, gives a press conference after the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on July 10.

Iran’s Breach Too Far

Thanks to its advances in nuclear technology, the country may be closer to a bomb than ever.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt take part in the ITV debate on July 9 in Salford, England.

The Brexit Debate Never Ends

Plus: Japan and South Korea’s diplomatic dispute, Mexico’s new finance minister, and the other stories we’re following today.

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