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A worker sprays disinfectant.

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 1 Million

As a second wave hits much of the world, there's still no end to the pandemic in sight.

Mobile artillery units of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh hold a position outside the settlement of Hadrut, on April 5, 2016.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Trump Readies His Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With Senate Republicans firmly behind him, the president said a decision will come Saturday.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko attends his inauguration ceremony.

Lukashenko Sworn in as Belarus President as EU Mulls Sanctions

Punishing Belarus will depend on how the bloc chooses to respond to Turkey.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu speaks at the General Debate of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Zambia Is on the Verge of a Pandemic-Related Debt Default

The government has asked investors for relief on interest payments, a potential sign of a wider debt crisis among developing countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sep. 24, 2019.

Trump Snubs U.N. as General Debate Opens

U.S. officials still likely to use the General Assembly to push for more pressure on Iran.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Oct. 26, 2010, in Long Beach, California.

U.S. Election Heats Up After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death

Republicans prepare to confirm her replacement as Democrats cry foul.

This photo illustration taken shows the logo of the social network app TikTok and a U.S. flag on the screens of two laptops.

Will Trump Approve Oracle’s Bid to Purchase TikTok?

As Trump’s ban on TikTok looms, a deal is on the table that would see China’s ByteDance retain majority ownership in the app.

A U.S.-made helicopter files over a French-made vessel during a drill at sea near the naval port in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Jan. 27.

U.S. Plans to Send New Weapons to Taiwan

As relations with China continue to deteriorate, Washington prepares to deepen its security ties with Taiwan.

Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga accepts flowers from his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, after winning the leadership election of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Yoshihide Suga Takes Over as Japan’s New Prime Minister

The former chief cabinet secretary represents continuity, but new challenges may force him to change his priorities.

The General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen from the floor.

The 75th Session of the U.N. General Assembly Opens

Putin sends aid to Lukashenko, violence in Ivory Coast, and Japan's new leader.

Members of the Taliban delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks with the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar, on Sep. 12.

Afghan Peace Talks Begin; Japan’s Ruling Party Elects New Leader

Taliban and Afghan government leaders look to end decades of conflict and Japan's LDP chooses Shinzo Abe's successor

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Russian Interference Intensifies as U.S. Election Heats Up

Moscow appears to be getting its hands dirty on behalf of Trump, and new evidence suggests the president still hasn’t escaped scrutiny from the first round.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech before a dinner with local officials in Ajaccio, France, on Sep. 9.

Macron Hosts Eastern Med Summit as Russian Involvement Deepens

As the threat of an international military confrontation increases, Mediterranean leaders meet to discuss a resolution to the tense standoff.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks.

Arab Countries Meet to Discuss Palestinian Statehood

The Palestinian Authority will seek to reprioritize the issue of statehood as normalization efforts with Israel stall.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street on Sep. 2 in London.

No-Deal Brexit Is Back on the Table

The EU faces renewed pressure as Boris Johnson works to override the withdrawal agreement.

A member of the Kosovar ceremonial guard walks along the commemorative wall dedicated to the victims of the Racak massacre.

Kosovar and Serbian Leaders Seek Resolution During Talks at the White House

But today’s meeting is unlikely to pave the way out of their decades-old dispute.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attends the opening ceremony of the 6th International Military Technical Forum 'Army 2020' and Army Games.

Russian Prime Minister Visits Belarus as Crisis Deepens

The meeting takes place against the backdrop of the growing threat of a Russian intervention.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio meets with the head of the Government of National Accord, Fayez Serraj, in Tripoli, Libya, on Sep. 1.

European Leaders Pay Surprise Visit to Libya to Push for Peace

International actors are working to promote peace in the war-torn country, but there’s still a long way to go.

Indian soldiers guard a highway.

Border Tensions Flare Between India and China

A weekend altercation was defused before it turned violent, but it highlights the continuing hostility between the two powers.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reacts in a video feed from Delaware after winning the votes to become the Democratic Party's nominee for president in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Aug. 18.

Biden Sets Sights on Trump

As U.S. enters final campaign stretch, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in intensive care after a suspected poisoning and Mali’s coup leaders vow to hold elections.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing at the State Department on February 5.

Pompeo Holds Surprise Talks With Taliban

As fighting broke out in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. Secretary of State held a surprise video conference with a top Taliban official.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference.

The U.S. Economy Is in Free Fall as Unemployment Benefits End

Millions of unemployed people are expected to be without benefits, setting the stage for another economic downturn later this year.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows  listens prior to Trump's Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House July 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Trump to Pull U.S. Troops From Germany

As Pentagon speaks of grand strategy, Trump says troop withdrawal is about getting even with Berlin.

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Big Tech Faces Off With Congress

As pressure grows on the four tech companies, many are increasing their spending on lobbying.

A policeman stands in front of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, southwestern China's Sichuan province, on July 27, 2020.

The U.S. Is Out of Chengdu In New Low for U.S.-China Ties

The move comes after the consulate was given a 72-hour deadline to vacate on Friday in retaliation for the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston.

Protesters use umbrellas to block pepper balls while clashing with federal officers at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 22, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.

U.S. Justice Department to Investigate Federal Agents Involved In Protest Crackdown

The move comes as Trump threatens to deploy more federal forces to Democratic Party-run cities.

Pfizer Inc. signage is seen on July 22 in New York City.

The Trump Administration Throws Its Support Behind a Vaccine

The White House has agreed to a $1.95 billion deal for a supply of one of the world’s most promising COVID-19 vaccines. Will it work?

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a mask as he speaks during the renewed briefing of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on July 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Death Toll Breaks 1,000 Again as Deaths Rise in Americas

A dramatic rise in new cases has fueled an increase in the U.S. daily death toll, and the rest of the Western Hemisphere isn’t doing much better.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and French President Emmanuel Macron speak together ahead of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on July 18, 2020.

EU Economic Negotiations Enter Overtime

What was planned as a two-day summit is now in its fourth day as a disagreement drags on over what form recovery funds should take.

A sign informing about social distancing is seen at the entrance of the meeting room where an EU leaders summit will take place, especially adapted to keep the social distancing amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on July 16, 2020.

European Council Meets For First In-Person Summit of Pandemic Era

Although the summit is a victory of sorts, leaders remain divided on an economic rescue package for the bloc.

The Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York City.

An Insecure Twitter Means an Insecure World

Yesterday’s hacking scam shows how frail our digital institutions really are.

A person walks towards the main quad during a quiet morning at Stanford University on March 9, 2020 in Stanford, California.

ICE Drops Student Visa Threat, but Foreign Students Still Face Hurdles

The decision will come as a relief to U.S.-based international students. But the United States should worry about the steady drop in foreign student applications.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington on July 8.

U.S. Hardens Stance on Beijing’s Activities in South China Sea

Before yesterday’s announcement, the United States has preferred to have its warships do the talking.

Guests stop to take a selfie at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on the first day of the theme park’s reopening on July 11, 2020.

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Spike, With India Close Behind

Although the United States is still the worst-hit country, India’s cases show no signs of decreasing.

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