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An Indian Air Force fighter jet flies over a mountain range in Leh, India, the joint capital of the union territory of Ladakh bordering China, on Sept. 15, 2020.

China Admits Casualties in Border Skirmish With India

Months after the clash in the Galwan River Valley, Chinese officials have confirmed that four troops died. State media has already made them martyrs.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, delivers a foreign-policy statement on Iran at Chelsea Piers in New York, on Jan. 7, 2020.

Did Biden Wait Too Long to Engage Iran?

Held back by infighting and hard-liners on the Hill, the administration may have squandered precious time to save the Iran nuclear deal, critics say.

An Indian Army convoy drives toward Leh, a town in northern India, on a highway bordering China on Sept. 2, 2020.

Did India Just Win at the Line of Actual Control?

Beijing and New Delhi may be disengaging in the Pangong Tso lake region, but their divisions are more fraught than ever.

Photographers, including Jawad Jalali, take shelter as a new explosion is heard while photographing an attack in Kabul in this archival photo.

‘This is the Darkest Moment’: Afghans Flee a Crumbling Country

The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.

The United Nations Human Rights Council during a debate about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Geneva on June 26, 2019.

Can Biden Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council?

The administration insists it can succeed where two U.S. presidents already tried and failed.

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a virtual speech on his party’s vision for the country’s economic future at Labour headquarters in central London on Feb. 18.

Labour’s Dangerous Drift to the Right

Trying to rebound after painful losses, the British party appears to be courting conservative and white voters—and losing its core principles in the process.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women protesters in France

France Is in Denial About Domestic Violence

The country’s culture of seduction has enabled an epidemic of misogynist crime.

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Iraq's President Barham Salih and his wife Sarbagh Salih during a private audience at the Vatican on Nov. 24, 2018.

The Pope Is on a Mission to Heal Post-Genocide Iraq

The Roman pontiff is traveling with a message of peace to a country where the Christian population has been decimated.

Indian Air Force Tejas fighter jets perform at the Aero India air show at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangaluru, on Feb. 3.

How Did India Manage to Build an Advanced Fighter Jet Like the Tejas?

When it comes to sensitive industries like defense, democracy and the rule of law do matter.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture in Johannesburg on Nov. 16, 2020.

Is Jacob Zuma Headed for Jail?

South Africa’s former president failed to show up at a corruption inquiry. The country’s Constitutional Court is now deciding whether he should be arrested.

Marilu Alanis, 50, rests on a couch while taking shelter at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station after winter weather caused electricity blackouts on February 18, 2021 in Houston.

Why America’s Energy Hub Can’t Keep The Lights On

Texas is the capital of U.S. oil and gas production, but a record cold snap has tested the state’s standalone electricity grid model.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Islamic State terror group.

State Department Floats Plans to Reshuffle Counter-Islamic State Envoy Office

The proposed move has sparked internal debates over the future of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

Protesters demonstrate against the so-called "anti-separatism" bill in Paris on Feb. 14.

Why Has France’s Islamist Separatism Bill Caused Such Controversy?

While the French far-right believes the bill could do more to fight extremism, the country’s Muslim population feels the legislation is unfairly targeting their community.

Demonstrators protest the China-backed Myitsone dam project in Myanmar

Can a Dam Deal Buy Beijing’s Support for Myanmar’s Junta?

China wants an unpopular billion-dollar project restarted, but it has walked a fine line around the coup.

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