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German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on the terrace, with a view of the television tower in the background during his visit to the chancellor's office on May 15, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

It’s a New Europe—if You Can Keep It

The continent has managed to take a great leap forward—but there still might be a crash landing.

Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin P. Parrish grabs a box filled with food and other supplies to distribute to Navajo families in Counselor on the Navajo Nation Reservation, New Mexico, on May 27.

Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic

Health inequalities and government indifference are hitting communities hard.

A man wearing a face mask walks along a street of Havana on July 29.

Coronavirus Victories May Not Be Enough for Cuba

Health care success could inspire economic change, but the future still looks bleak.

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The COVID-19 Global Response Index

From FP Analytics: A country-by-country assessment of government responses to the pandemic.

“Mom told me what happened, what a scare!” Fran, the digital influencer, says to her aunt over a video call. Her uncle and their family’s maid contracted COVID-19 from guests, who came over for a birthday celebration. The family “spared no expense” on medical care for the uncle, who survived after 12 days in an intensive care unit. The aunt is categorical: It wasn’t the guests who infected him; she blames the maid. “You know how it is in the favela, everyone crammed in,” she says. “She brought COVID to us.” The maid dies in a run-down public hospital and is replaced by another one right after. “New maid—I have to teach her everything. How annoying,” the aunt laments. “Hahaha, I know how it is. But thank God the worst is over now,” Fran says. “Life carries on.”

A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil

“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.

A health care worker gives a COVID-19 test to a medical staff near Halyk Arena in Almaty on July 5, as Kazakhstan imposed a second round of nationwide restrictions to counter a huge surge in coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 Heats Up the New Great Game in Central Asia

Washington has a golden opportunity to counter China’s gains.

A volunteer disinfects an area inside Santa Marta Favela in Brazil

Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone

Countries are too rich to access conventional aid, but they can’t cope by themselves.

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The Sociologist Who Could Save Us From Coronavirus

Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath.

A man paints a sign during a protest against the killing of Black people during police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on May 31.

Brazil Halts Police Raids in Favelas

It is only temporary—and poorly enforced—but the move does represent a first step in overcoming decades of brutality.

Freight trucks arrive at the Port of Dover before departing by cross-channel ferry in Dover on the south coast of England on July 12.

How to Deglobalize

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are calling for a rethinking of global supply chains. If they are serious, they’ll need to proceed carefully.

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Was China’s Houston Consulate Trying to Steal the Coronavirus Vaccine?

China’s efforts to use the Houston consulate to steal science and technology secrets were “particularly aggressive and particularly successful,” Trump administration indicates.

Picture of an empty classroom at the Eustaqui Palacios school in Cali, Colombia, taken on March 16, 2020.

America’s Schools Are a Moral and Medical Catastrophe

A guide to understanding the science, and the politics, preventing U.S. children from being educated this year.

Children attend a telelearning class displayed on Kalvi TV channel, an education initiative set up by the Department of School Education to allow students to continue their curriculums as schools remain closed, at their home in Chennai, India, on July 15.

Offline and Out of School

In India, education under lockdown and a deep digital divide threaten to undo real progress in rural areas.

An Israeli protester lies on a banner showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a demonstration against anti-democratic measures to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak in Tel Aviv on April 19.

Israel’s Cautionary Coronavirus Tale

A country that stopped the virus cold now faces an ominous second wave.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

A health worker at Carrasco International Airport near Uruguay's capital, Montevideo

Uruguay Emerges as a Rare Pandemic Winner in Latin America

Despite the border with hard-hit Brazil, the coronavirus is well under control in the country.

A woman waits outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, El Salvador, on June 10.

It Is Too Late to Save These Victims of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 catastrophe is shrinking remittances from the United States and creating a looming humanitarian disaster.

A municipal worker sprays disinfectant to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, as commuters wait to cross the U.S.-Mexican border in Tijuana, Mexico on July 7.

As the U.S. Exports Coronavirus, Trump Is Blaming Mexicans

As his poll numbers fall and coronavirus cases rise, the U.S. president needs a scapegoat—and he’s turning to his usual target, Mexico.

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China’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Censorship Is Here

After a brief period of praising whistleblowers, Beijing is targeting medical staff and COVID-19 victims again.

The Syrian city of Idlib in March after the coroanvirus outbreak.

In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine

The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.