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A view of the Israeli settlement of Maale Efrayim in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on Jan. 27.

What’s Inside Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan?

U.S. officials prepare to release the details of Trump’s long-awaited proposal, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Workers make dumplings wearing masks on Jan. 26, in Beijing.

WHO Chief Arrives in China Amid Growing Virus Fears

Global health experts are mounting a response to the Wuhan coronavirus, as China’s official figures rise.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Jan. 23.

Trump Will Unveil Middle East Peace Plan At Last

Israeli leaders get a chance to see the long-awaited peace proposal at the White House next week.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gestures following a dinner reception at his official residence in Jerusalem, on Jan. 22.

World Leaders Mark Auschwitz Liberation Without Poland

Disagreements between Poland and Russia cast a shadow over the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

People wearing face masks walk in Hankou railway station in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 21.

WHO Could Declare Wuhan Coronavirus a Global Emergency

With a new respiratory illness spreading in China and beyond, the World Health Organization has called an expert panel to meet today.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits Marine One to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Jan. 20, as he prepares to travel to Davos, Switzerland.

Trump Set to Speak at Davos as Impeachment Trial Begins

The U.S. president’s advisors see the World Economic Forum as a chance to show that he’s committed to his duties.

Lebanese protesters throw stones at riot police in central Beirut on Jan. 19.

Lebanon’s Protests Spiral

Amid political and economic crisis, anti-government protesters and riot police clashed in Beirut over the weekend.

Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala welcomes his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, in Tripoli on Oct. 27, 2019.

Germany Seeks to Broker Cease-Fire in Libya

After failed efforts in Moscow, European powers hope for a peace deal in Berlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly in Moscow on Jan. 15.

Did Putin Just Extend His Rule?

After a sudden constitutional shake-up, the Russian president is poised to keep a leading role in the country’s politics.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  shakes hands with Cornel Feruta, acting head of the U.N. atomic watchdog, upon his arrival in Tehran on Sept. 8, 2019.

European Powers Censure Iran Over Nuclear Breaches

Britain, France, and Germany trigger a last-ditch mechanism, desperate to bring Iran back in line with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido raises his fist after a rally in Caracas on Jan. 11.

U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela

The United States is again punishing Maduro’s regime, arguing it moved to take over the legislature.

A woman attends a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Ukrainian airliner downed by Iranian air defenses, in Tehran on Jan. 11.

Protests Put Iran’s Leadership on the Defensive

Iranian demonstrators are ramping up pressure on the government after it admitted the military mistakenly shot down a commercial plane last week.

Supporters wave Taiwanese flags during a campaign rally ahead of Saturday's election, on Jan. 9 in Taipei.

Taiwan Set for Critical Vote

Taiwanese voters go to the polls in an election that politicians say is all about China.

Lawyers take part in a demonstration against the French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, on Jan. 6 in Lyon, France.

France Is Still on Strike

After more than a month of walkouts, French unions and the government haven’t reached a compromise over planned pension reform.

Protesters demonstrate outside the White House after Iran fired nearly two dozen missiles at bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, Jan. 7, 2020.

Iran Retaliates for Suleimani Strike

The White House is weighing action after Iran attacks U.S. military targets in Iraq.

Iranian mourners lift a picture of Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani during his funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6.

U.S. Allies Urge Restraint With Iran

States are distancing themselves from the U.S. assassination of Suleimani, as the Trump administration blocks Iran’s top diplomat from speaking at the U.N.

Iraqis march in a symbolic funeral procession for senior Iraqi military figure Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,  killed alongside Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani last week, on Jan. 5 in Basra, Iraq.

U.S. Faces Fallout Over Suleimani Killing

The U.S. targeted strike against the top Iranian general already has major regional consequences.

Iranian protesters hold a portrait of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, during a demonstration in Tehran on Dec. 11, 2017.

Iran Vows to Avenge U.S. Killing of Suleimani

Suleimani managed Iran’s covert military operations and intelligence gathering in the Middle East.

A supporter of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force during a protest outside the US embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 1.

Militia Group Withdraws From U.S. Embassy, More Troops Deploy to Region

4,000 troops expected to deploy to Middle East as U.S. mulls response

Pro-democracy protesters take photos of a "Free HK" light display in Edinburgh Place in central Hong Kong on Dec. 30.

Hong Kong Braces for New Year’s Protests

Pro-democracy activists plan to start 2020 with another massive march through Hong Kong.

A policemen deployed as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission patrol in Beledweyne, Somalia, on Dec. 14.

Somalia Reels From Deadly Bombing

The al-Shabab militant group has been blamed for Somalia’s deadliest terror attack in more than two years.

A protester takes part in a rally against India's new citizenship law in Bengaluru on Dec. 23.

India Is Still Grappling With Mass Protests

Modi’s government is forced to go on the defensive amid unrest over controversial citizenship law.

Protesters attend a rally in Hong Kong on Dec. 22 to show support for the Uighur minority in China.

Hong Kong Rallies in Solidarity With Uighurs

Activists in Hong Kong link their pro-democracy struggle with the plight of Muslim minorities in China.

A Mexican asylum seeker  waits with his family on the international bridge from Mexico to the United States on Dec. 9.

The U.S. Could Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

The United States is sending migrants from Mexico back across the border as Trump invokes immigration in his 2020 campaign.

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