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A gathering in support of Alexei Navalny

What Does Putin Stand to Gain (and Lose) by Going After Navalny?

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has survived his brush with a Russian nerve agent. But the attempt on his life says a lot about what Russia has become.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There

Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex

Harry and Meghan Are Leaving the Job but Keeping the Salary

Blame the British press and Buckingham Palace staff for the royal Brexit.

A Filipino man shouts slogans as he takes part in an anti-China protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, on July 12.

Is Duterte Really Asking for U.S. Aid Against China?

The volatile Philippine leader is trying to fend off accusations of being soft on Beijing.

An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 14, 2015.        (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Took on the Fed, but What Can He Do About Apple?

American companies and markets are suffering collateral damage from U.S. trade war with China.

A Halloween-themed citizenship ceremony for children at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/ Getty Images).

Trump’s Birthright Blitz

The Supreme Court already settled the birthright dispute—in 1898.

Pilgrims in Mecca on Sept. 20.

Who Decides Who Gets to Go on the Hajj?

The world's 1.6 billion Muslims all are trying to make it to Mecca at least once in their lifetimes. Here's how Saudi Arabia controls the flow of pilgrims.


How Do You Flee a Country Without Leaving It?

5 ways Edward Snowden can smuggle himself out of the Moscow airport.

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Why Is It So Hard to Identify the World’s Rape Capital?

How it's possible for Botswana and Sweden to top a global ranking of rape.

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Ice Removal

How easy is it to fence $50 million worth of stolen diamonds?


Paging Bruce Willis

Whose job is it to stop an asteroid from hitting the Earth?


What Exactly Is ‘Non-Lethal’ Aid?

Anything not designed to kill. But that doesn't mean it can't be used for bloody ends.

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Atmosphere of Distortion

When is it OK to blame climate change for a heat wave?

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Can Poor People Open a Swiss Bank Account?

Bad news: You need more than a passport, some pocket change, and a healthy disdain for the IRS.

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Gimme Shelter

So, how do you take refuge in an embassy, anyway?

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How Do You Prove Someone’s a Witch in Saudi Arabia?

Call the religious police's Anti-Witchcraft Unit and get them to set up a sting operation.

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