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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves No. 10 Downing Street in London on March 25.

Boris Johnson Placed in Intensive Care After Coronavirus Symptoms Worsen

The British prime minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to be deputized “where necessary,” Downing Street says.

Members of the Iraqi military check the body temperature of people wearing protective masks against the coronavirus near a plane at the Qayyarah air base, before a planned U.S. pullout on March 26.

Islamic State Aims for Comeback Amid Virus-Expedited U.S. Withdrawal

Iraqis fear their country will become a new battleground between ISIS and Iran-backed militias.

A mural paying tribute to the sacrifice of doctors, nurses, and paramedics fighting the coronavirus pandemic is seen in Warsaw, Poland, on April 2.

Poland’s Shortchanged Health Care System Is Already Straining

The country’s medical infrastructure is notoriously underfunded. Doctors say it will buckle under the coronavirus.

Commuters stand in a line to curb the spread of the coronavirus as they proceed to board a ferry at the Likoni ferry terminal in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 27.

Africa Meets Pandemic With Violence, Confusion

The coronavirus arrived late to the continent, but the early responses could backfire.

A volunteer wearing a face mask with the colors and logo of the Hezbollah flag

Hezbollah Prepares for Its Next War: Against the Coronavirus

The militant group seeks to gain an edge on other parties in responding in Lebanon.

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.

Afghan Border Police officers guard an outpost in Nahr-e-Saraj, an oft-contested district in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Nov 20, 2019.

Waiting for Peace on the Front Lines

As political divisions hold up talks with the Taliban, Afghan forces are paying the price.

A doctor in a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico

A Desperate Scramble to Prevent the Pandemic at a U.S.-Mexico Border Camp

With 2,500 asylum-seekers packed in tightly and no coronavirus tests available, doctors and volunteers are doubtful that education will be enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

A Muslim man walks inside a burned house in a riot-affected area in New Delhi on March 1, 2020, after violence broke out in India's capital.

In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.

For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The Political Wizardry of Benjamin Netanyahu

In one stroke, the Israeli leader has extended his term and weakened an opponent.

An almost empty Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on March 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat

Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.  

A policeman wearing a mask in Herat province, Afganistan

As if Afghans Didn’t Have Enough Trouble, Now Comes the Pandemic

Thousands have crossed over the border from badly afflicted Iran, and authorities in the neighboring province of Herat say they’re not close to ready.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on Sept 19, 2019.

Israel’s Double Curse: Politics and the Pandemic

A Supreme Court decision threatens Netanyahu’s grip on power and augurs a constitutional crisis.

People gather for a drink at a pub in central Stockholm

Sweden Is Open for Business During Its Coronavirus Outbreak

The Scandinavian country believes its distinctive high-trust culture will protect it from needing to shut down for the pandemic.

Syrian refugees

You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee

Around 70 million people are suffering displacement in crowded camps, awaiting the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Visitors to Luang Prabang town, Laos, a world heritage site, are drastically lower than usual

Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction

China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.

Medical staff wearing protective suits

Fortress Russia Begins to Show Cracks as Coronavirus Spreads

Russian officials once touted their success in holding off the virus. Now cases are rising as their statistics are being questioned.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Britain Drops Its Go-It-Alone Approach to Coronavirus

Johnson government admits its strategy of allowing the virus to spread and build up immunity was a failure but stops short of mandatory controls.

A mass prayer at the Western Wall for coronavirus patients

Better Health Through Mass Surveillance?

Israeli authorities want to spy on people with the coronavirus.

Filipinos hoping to get on flights out of Manila hours before it is placed on lockdown queue at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 14, 2020 in Manila, Philippines.

Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium

Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.

Residents walk past debris after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011

How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality

Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.

Anti-riot police officers wearing masks stand guard following a prison revolt at the Sant'Anna prison in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9.

Italy’s Politicians Are Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse

Squabbling leaders, publicity-seeking scientists, and late containment efforts show that authoritarian regimes aren’t the only ones mismanaging public health crises.

Shree Maa Anantanand sits behind medicine made from cow urine, which she uses to treat patients suffering kidney ailments and cancer at her hospital in Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 27, 2010.

Hindu Nationalists Are Pushing Magical Remedies for the Coronavirus

Ayurvedic medicine and other pseudosciences are being pushed by BJP politicians.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

The United States Wants Peace. The Taliban Wants an Emirate.

The two sides smiled for the cameras at their historic ceremony in Doha, but they couldn’t hide why they've been enemies for decades.

People wearing face masks travel on a train in Tokyo on Feb. 25.

Japan’s Economy May Be Another Coronavirus Casualty

The Tokyo Olympics may be at risk as the epidemic spreads.

Marian Kotleba, the leader of the right nationalist People's Party-Our Slovakia, walks to his seat during the introduction of delegates to the parliament in Bratislava on March 11, 2016.

Marian Kotleba Wants to Make Slovakia Fascist Again

A party of right-wing extremists is trying to ride a wave of youth support to reshape Slovakia’s government.

A woman wears a protective mask as she walks by Chinese flags  during the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on Jan. 28.

How Virus Lockdown Orders Went From Xi Jinping to My Neighborhood Auntie

Virus quarantine measures have left hundreds of millions of people trapped indoors.

Asylum seekers evacuated from Libya gather at the Gashora Emergency Transit Center during a visit by permanent representatives of the African Union in Bugesera district, southeast of Rwanda's capital, Kigali, on Oct. 23, 2019.

Europe’s Harsh Border Policies Are Pushing Refugees All the Way to Rwanda

EU funds for Libyan militias forced thousands of migrants into dangerous Libyan detention centers. Now, after being evacuated, some of them are stuck as far away as Rwanda—with no idea if they will ever be resettled.

Filipinos wearing face masks attend Sunday Mass at a church in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on Feb. 9.

Filipinos Turn on Duterte as Coronavirus Fears Spread

Anti-Chinese and anti-American conspiracy theories have followed the first death.

The now-demolished Camel Youth Hostel in Kashgar, Xinjiang

Xinjiang’s Hui Muslims Were Swept Into Camps Alongside Uighurs

Testimonies and eyewitness accounts suggest the mass incarceration of ethnic Hui in China’s northwest.

Migrants in a detention center in Libya

Italy’s Failed Migration Fix Has Led to Chaos in Libya

Despite pushing policies that are politically naive and disastrous for human rights in North Africa, Italian politicians keep getting promoted in Brussels.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts African leaders and senior government representatives during the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Jan.20.

Boris Johnson’s New Scramble for Africa

The prime minister’s vision of a “Global Britain” after Brexit will only succeed if he abandons imperial nostalgia in favor of practical investment in the continent’s fast-growing economies.

Afghan men walk along the highway between the Turkish cities of Dogubayazit and Agri, in eastern Turkey, near the border with Iran on April 22, 2019. After crossing the border, they were unable to obtain proper documentation that would allow them to ride public transportation, forcing them to walk for hours or days as they travel toward Istanbul on their way to Europe.

As America Shuts Its Doors, Afghan Refugees Are Stuck in Turkey

The Trump administration has made it nearly impossible for Afghans who aided U.S. troops to claim asylum in the United States. Instead, thousands who aided Americans on the battlefield are stranded in a country that doesn't want them.

A ship spewing heavy smoke is pictured on the Bosphorus in Istanbul on April 21, 2009.

In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.

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