Middle East & Africa
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on June 14.

Iran in Retreat From Nuclear Deal

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Then-Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, nominee to be general and commander of the U.S. Central Command, testifies during a Senate Armed Service Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018.

New Centcom Chief Walks Tightrope on Iran as Trump Adds Troops

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie must strike a balance between sending a strong deterrent signal and provoking a war in the Middle East.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 26, 2013.

A Dangerous Game of Nuclear Brinkmanship

By threatening to breach the nuclear deal, Tehran hopes to scare Europe into prodding the United States back to the negotiating table. It may not work.

A French woman, Djamila Boutoutaou, attends her trial at the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad on April 17, 2018. She was sentenced to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State.

How Europe Is Handing Off Its ISIS Militants to Iraq

France is leading the way in washing its hands of its Islamic State fighters—whether they receive justice or not.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

The World This Weekend

Fallout continues after tanker attacks, protests rage in Hong Kong, and talks resume in Sudan.

A man carries South Sudan's national flag at Mangateen Internal Displaced persons (IDPs) center during the visit of South Sudan's vice president in Juba on Nov. 17, 2018.

The Old Guard Are Killing the World’s Youngest Country

South Sudan was born amid great hope but has since descended into war. It will take a new generation of leaders to make it a successful state.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

U.S. Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

Plus: Expert committee convenes on Ebola, Boris Johnson inches closer to the prime minister's office, and the other stories we're following today.

Policemen and residents demonstrate in the office of the main policy labor union in Tunis, Tunisia on Oct. 28, 2013.

Tunisia’s Authoritarians Learn to Love Liberalism

Police unions are using their country’s newfound freedoms to protect themselves—and attack freedom fighters.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008.

How to Take Care of an Ex-Spy

Former intelligence officers need compassion —or they can turn sour.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Some U.S. Allies Balk at Blaming Iran for Tanker Attack

Conflicting accounts of the incidents in the Gulf of Oman stir further confusion in an increasingly volatile region.

Police officers charge toward protesters during a demonstration on June 12 in Hong Kong.

What’s Next for Hong Kong?

Plus: U.S. lawmakers push back against Saudi arms sales, Shinzo Abe visits Iran, and the other stories we're following today.

A Saudi fan holds a scarf with portraits of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during a friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq for the "Superclassico" championship at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign

The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.

A picture from the Iranian News Agency ISNA reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman. The Trump administration blamed Iran for attacking two tankers on June 13.

U.S. Blames Iran for Latest Tanker Attack

Pompeo says no other country could have orchestrated the explosions with “such a high degree of sophistication.”

Sudanese supporters of the ruling Transitional Military Council chant slogans and wave national flags during a rally in Khartoum on May 31.

Sudan Talks Resume, Hong Kong Protests Continue

Plus: Russia releases a journalist, Botswana decriminalizes gay sex, and the other stories we're following today.

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