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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spread out to practice social distancing measures against the spread of the coronavirus at a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20.

Pandemic Stymies Congressional Check on Trump’s Foreign Policy

Public hearings and classified briefings are another political casualty in the age of contagion.

The empty chamber of the U.N. headquarters

Can the United Nations Survive the Coronavirus?

In the absence of U.S. leadership, the U.N. is struggling to carve out a role in the face of what may be the greatest threat since its founding.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly

Navy Chief Resigns After Slamming Carrier Captain

Acting Navy chief Thomas Modly resigned after profanity-laced remarks criticizing the fired captain of the coronavirus-hit USS Theodore Roosevelt.

An oil worker surveys pipelines in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, on May 4, 2018.

Amid Price War, Texas Oil Patch Is Coming Up Empty

Thousands of workers wonder if the coronavirus shutdown will be the worst oil bust of all.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump’s Promised Oil Deal Still Eludes Big Producers as Prices Dive Again

But Saudi Arabia and Russia appear to be thinking twice about their oil war as their economies start to feel the pain.

Denis Gariev, a member of the Russian Imperial Movement who fought alongside Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, is pictured at a training center in St. Petersburg on Feb. 28, 2015.

In Historic First, U.S. Labels Russian White Supremacists a Terrorist Group

Officials say they have grown alarmed at the threat posed by right-wing extremists.

Worried passengers wait at Wattay Airport in Vientiane, Laos, on March 19.

Flying Home During the Pandemic: Expensive, Demanding, and Dangerous

Our author braves closing borders and airport chaos to catch one of the few planes still flying.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump at the White House.

In Global Leadership Void on Pandemic, Critics Ask: Where’s Pompeo?

The U.S. secretary of state is late to finding his voice on the pandemic, as the State Department scrambles to repatriate tens of thousands of American citizens stranded abroad.

A U.S. Navy helicopter lands on an aircraft carrier.

Pentagon Removes Carrier From Middle East Amid Pandemic-Induced Resource Fight

The Defense Department will end the deployment of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East as the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. military has intensified.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press in Washington on April 1. Trump goosed oil prices in hopes of a grand bargain with Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the economy continues a historic contraction even as the administration warns of more than 100,000 deaths.

Trump Talks Up Oil Markets, but the Economy Is Still Tanking

Despite a brief recovery in oil, experts say there is still no deal to cut production and boost prices.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno at the Élysée presidential palace in Paris on Nov. 12, 2019.

As the World Is Distracted, Boko Haram Terrorists Strike a Key Western Ally

The battle against jihadi terrorism in Africa takes one of its deadliest turns yet, with consequences far beyond the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki.

Russia Scores Pandemic Propaganda Triumph With Medical Delivery to U.S.

Along with China, the Kremlin is looking to gain a geopolitical edge on the West by rushing medical supplies to countries hit hard by the coronavirus.

Cuban health workers go door to door looking for possible cases of the novel coronavirus in Havana on March 31.

Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions

With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

After Death of U.S. Citizen, State Department Floats Slashing Egypt Aid

The United States continues sending military aid to Egypt despite its worsening human rights situation. Could the death of a detained American change that?

A general view shows an almost deserted street with closed shops and restaurants during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Lukla, northeast of Kathmandu, on March 28.

Nepal May Escape the Coronavirus but Not the Crash

The remote mountain country has only five confirmed coronavirus cases.

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