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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during Saudi-Russian talks in Riyadh on Oct. 14.

Shrunken Aramco Listing Could Crimp Saudi Crown Prince’s Bigger Plans

By failing to attract major international investors, Mohammed bin Salman may have to kiss his Saudi Vision 2030 goodbye.

Workers fill sacks with lithium carbonate at the state-owned lithium extraction complex in the southern zone of the Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia.

Bolivia’s Lithium Isn’t The New Oil

A popular theory around Evo Morales’s removal is completely mistaken.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 28, 2017.

Now the Public Gets to Decide on Impeachment

Key witnesses will begin testifying before Congress in public for the first time this week. And for both sides, credibility is on the line.

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Violence Will Get Worse

Police brutality has pushed protesters to extremes.

Then-Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks at a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 24.

Why Is Evo Morales Suddenly No Longer President of Bolivia?

The ousted leader is calling it a “coup,” but he entered dangerous legal territory in pushing for an unprecedented fourth term.

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, one of the main gateways for trade with Asia and which is suffering lower cargo volumes due to the trade war, on Nov. 7.

Does Trump Have a China Trade Deal Yet or What?

Sort of. If you can call it that. Pity about all the lost billions of dollars.

Activists march through Los Angeles during a climate change rally on Nov. 1.

Is the United States Really Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement?

Yes, but the process takes a long time. Final withdrawal will occur one day after the 2020 election—but Washington may still be able to get back in.

A Lebanese protester chants slogans during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Lebanon's capital Beirut on Oct. 31.

Why Protesters in Lebanon Are Taking to the Streets

The protests combine political and economic grievances and could bring down the country’s sect-based political order.

Indian farmers burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, protesting plans to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade pact, on Sept. 15.

While Trump Builds Tariff Walls, Asia Bets on Free Trade

It’s crunch time for the biggest trade deal you’ve never heard of.

Ilham Tohti lectures in a classroom in Beijing on June 12, 2010.

Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Prize Will Drive Beijing Crazy

The imprisoned Uighur economist represents an entire people under attack by China.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement at an aerospace plant in Milwaukee on July 12.

Why Trump Still Can’t Get USMCA Through Congress

Ironically, the fight over impeachment could finally ease the way for NAFTA’s successor. But time is running out.

Demonstrators march in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 23.

Why Chileans Are Still Protesting Despite Reform Promises

In Santiago, demonstrations over economic inequality are expected to continue after President Sebastián Piñera promised reforms.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands.

How Turkey and Russia Carved Up Northern Syria

The pact cements Ankara’s annexation of a significant chunk of formerly Kurdish-held land.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting in the White House Oval Office in Washington on May 13.

Did Hungary’s Viktor Orban Turn Trump Against Ukraine?

Why Hungary and Russia might have wanted to shape the U.S. president’s views on Ukraine.

Kurdish female troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces overlook the front line.

Why Is Turkey Fighting Syria’s Kurds?

Turkey’s president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he’s a very unreliable narrator.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Halkbank Indictment Turbocharges U.S.-Turkey Tensions

After a long, mysterious delay, the Trump administration finally targets the Turkish bank for helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions. Don’t expect Ankara to cooperate.

Kurt Volker departs House Intelligence Committee meeting

What We Know About the Trump-Ukraine Investigation

Much remains unclear, but the latest revelations from U.S. diplomats tend to corroborate the whistleblower’s account of how the Trump team sought to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden.

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to congratulate graduates during the 2019 graduation ceremony at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 30.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Impeachment

More senior officials, more countries, more Giuliani. Trump’s storm clouds just got a whole lot darker.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits after speaking at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 24.

Why Ukrainegate Is Nothing Like Russiagate 

U.S. President Donald Trump has a far more damaging scandal on his hands.

A picture taken on Sept. 15 shows an Aramco oil facility at the edge of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

What You Need to Know About the Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

So far, attacks attributed to Iran haven’t resulted in a military confrontation with the United States.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes the newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson on July 24, 2019 in London, England.

The Queen Can’t Do Anything About Brexit

The suspension of Parliament is outrageous—but it’s all Boris Johnson’s fault.

A woman places flowers beside a makeshift memorial outside the Cielo Vista Mall Wal-Mart where a shooting left 20 people dead in El Paso, Texas, on August 4, 2019.

How Does Online Racism Spawn Mass Shooters?

White nationalist terrorism is becoming normalized through internet forums.

Protesters face off with police during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019.

Why Is Hong Kong Erupting?

Hong Kongers are fighting for their city's unique status under the shadow of Beijing.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan sign a landmark treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range and shorter-range nuke missiles in Washington in December 1987.

What Does the Demise of the INF Treaty Mean for Nuclear Arms Control?

Trump’s exit from the U.S.-Russia treaty, which officially takes effect Friday, raises questions about whether the era of arms control is ending—or being reinvented.

Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Capitol in Washington on June 21, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

How to Read Between the Lines of the Mueller Report

Here’s what to expect from the long-awaited—and now heavily redacted—probe into Trump’s Russia ties.

An Indonesian election commission worker arranges ballot boxes in preparation for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Surabaya on March 18. (Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s at Stake in Indonesia’s Elections?

The world’s third-largest democracy goes to the polls.

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court in London on April 11. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Julian Assange’s Legal Trouble, Explained

The WikiLeaks founder is in British custody and faces extradition to the United States.

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