Germany Prepares to Choose Merkel’s CDU Successor
The powerful Christian Democratic Union party selects a new leader and likely successor to Angela Merkel. Can they avoid a repeat of their last attempt?
Uganda Goes to Polls in Tense Election
Political violence has marred the run-up to an election that opposition candidates say is already rigged.
U.S. House Holds Vote To Impeach Trump—Again
The impeachment resolution is expected to pass easily, although it’s not yet known how a Senate trial will play out.
U.S. Vaccine Rollout Making Slow Progress
Although vaccine distribution has not met expectations domestically, the U.S. program is still far ahead of most countries.
U.S. Designates Houthis as Terrorists, Complicating Yemen Relief Efforts
The designation is part of a flurry of activity by the State Department in the Trump administration’s final days.
Trump Promises “Orderly” Transition As Calls For His Removal Grow
Without mentioning Biden by name, Trump acknowledged a “new administration” will take power on Jan. 20.
Mob Invades U.S. Capitol as World Looks On
The attack on Congress sets a new low for the United States as it begins 2021.
Saudi Arabia Shoulders Oil Output Cuts as Economic Outlook Dims
The cautious move comes as the World Bank warns of a “lost decade.”
Gulf States’ Qatar Blockade Ends With a Whimper
After all the bluster and demands made by Gulf states in 2017, it appears Qatar has successfully waited out its larger neighbors.
U.K. Judge Blocks Assange Extradition on Mental Health Grounds
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that although Assange's crimes met the extradition requirements, his suicide risk was too high to allow a U.S. handover.
Argentina Legalizes Abortion In Historic Senate Vote
The country will become only the third in Latin America to allow unmitigated access to the procedure.
Vote on COVID Relief Checks Could Delay Senate Override of Trump NDAA Veto
Sen. Bernie Sanders is threatening to delay Senate business until a vote is scheduled on sending $2,000 checks to Americans.
WHO Confronts Mutating COVID-19 Threat
With little known about whether the virus mutation will react differently to existing treatments, BioNTech’s CEO is optimistic.
Israeli Knesset Likely to Dissolve as Extension Vote Fails
Israel appears to be heading for its fourth election in two years as an automatic dissolution of the Knesset looms.
Russia’s Alleged Hack Could Be Worst in U.S. History
A sophisticated cyberattack has hit the heart of the U.S. government, affecting the Treasury, Defense, and Energy departments—among others.
Putin Faces the Press at the End of a Mixed Year
As the Russian president faces his end-of-year press conference, the Biden administration’s new challenge is coming into view.
WTO Meeting Pits Rich Against Poor In Fight For Vaccines
Poorer countries say intellectual property laws are exacerbating the pandemic, but wealthy countries won't budge.
Europe Embraces Tighter Measures as Coronavirus Cases Surge
Despite talk earlier in the month of easing restrictions over the holiday period, most European countries are now embracing a stricter approach.
Brexit Deadline Is Ditched as Both Sides Agree to Go “Extra Mile”
A Sunday deadline has been pushed past even as the EU and U.K. seem no closer to a deal.
Turkey’s Luck Runs Out Over Russian S-400 Purchase
Sanctions have been threatened for months but may amount to only a slap on the wrist for Turkey’s president.
As Ethiopian War Drags On, WHO Chief Gets Pulled In
U.S. attempts at mediation have so far been rebuffed by both sides.
Will Belarus Go On Strike?
Opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called for a national strike today after President Lukashenko ignored her “People’s Ultimatum.”
U.S. and Russia Close to Agreement on Nuclear Weapons Treaty
Although a deal is reported to be close, details on verification have yet to be ironed out.
Bolivia Has a Socialist President—Again.
Exit polls show that Evo Morales’s successor, Luis Arce, is on track for a convincing first-round victory.
EU Leaders Meet as Coronavirus Cases Surge Across the Bloc
An EU-U.K. trade deal isn't likely before Boris Johnson’s Oct. 15 deadline. What comes next?
Israel to Approve New Settlement Units in the West Bank
Despite shelving annexation, Netanyahu is full-steam ahead on settlement expansion.
No Resolution After Top-Level Talks Between Indian and Chinese Military Commanders
With significant gaps remaining between their positions, a prolonged standoff along the disputed Line of Actual Control is likely to continue.
U.K. and EU Seek Trade Deal as Critical Deadline Nears
From fish to Northern Ireland, major disagreements remain as Brexit negotiations enter their final week.
Trump Returns to White House Amid Outbreak
Urging his supporters not to fear the virus, Trump’s ordeal has invited a new wave of criticism.
Trump Has COVID-19. How Will It Affect the Campaign?
Donald and Melania Trump have both tested positive for the coronavirus, adding a jolt to the final month of the U.S. election campaign.
EU Leaders Plan Response to Belarus Crisis and Greece-Turkey Tensions
The bloc could decide to impose sanctions on Belarus, but much hinges on the stance it chooses to take on Turkey.
The Death of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Could Diminish the Country’s International Standing
The Middle East’s shifting balance of power could upend Kuwait’s traditional status as a regional mediator.
Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Brink of War After Deadly Clashes
Dozens are reportedly injured in the worst round of violence between the two countries in years.
Trump Readies His Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
With Senate Republicans firmly behind him, the president said a decision will come Saturday.