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Afghan security forces stand guard at an Afghan National Army (ANA) outposts after an attack by  Taliban militants, in Kunduz Province on March 4, 2020.

New Details Emerge of Afghan Middleman In Russian Bounty Case

As more information comes to light on the Russian bounty case, the White House provides its version of events.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd) makes a toast with Beijing's top official in Hong Kong, Liaison Office director Luo Huining (L), as former chief executives Tung Chee-hwa (R) and Leung Chun-ying (2nd R) take part following a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain early morning in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020.

Hong Kong Wakes Up To a New Order Under Beijing

As Hong Kong’s authorities mark the 23rd anniversary of the British handover, China's new national security law has sparked fear—and protests—across the territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz as Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi walks behind them during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 7, 2020.

Is Israel’s July 1 Annexation Deadline About to Shift?

Benny Gantz told U.S. negotiators that a July 1 date to begin annexing parts of the West Bank is not “sacred.” Netanyahu has dismissed the comment.

An aerial view of graves at the General Cemetery in Santiago, Chile on June 23, 2020 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Cases Surpass 10 Million, With 500,000 Dead

With the number of coronavirus infections rising across the United States, it’s too soon to tell whether the death toll will rise along with it.

Cars wait in line at a Covid-19 testing center at Dodger Stadium, June 25, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.

U.S. Breaks Record for Daily Coronavirus Cases 102 Days After First Lockdown

Faced with growing cases nationwide, the White House coronavirus task force will host its first public briefing in over seven weeks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, on on Red Square on June 24 in Moscow.

Russia Begins Vote to Extend Putin’s Rule

The one-week referendum has citizens vote yes or no on a whole set of amendments, including one to restart the president’s term limit clock.

U.S. President Donald Trump along with Poland's President Andrzej Duda arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on June 12, 2019.

Poland’s President Visits White House Before Tight Election

The Polish president is in an unexpectedly tight race, can Trump lend a hand?

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event  at the White House June 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Targeting Foreign Workers, Trump Signs Sweeping Immigration Ban

The Trump administration fulfilled a long-held goal of halting various types of U.S. work visas under the guise of protecting American workers.

A woman shops in the chicken and meat section at a grocery store, April 28, 2020 Washington, DC.

China Suspends U.S. Poultry Imports After Coronavirus Outbreak at Tyson Plant

The move follows a ban on a German pork exporter on Thursday as China cracks down on imports from coronavirus-stricken facilities.

South Korea's then Unification Minister Kim Yeon-Chul speaks during a briefing at the Seoul Foreign Correspondent's club in Seoul on June 4, 2019.

South Korean Minister Resigns Amid Worsening Ties With North

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul resigned on Friday after failing to mend ties between North and South in latest spat.

China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

New Bolton Book Suggests U.S.-China Feud Is Trumped Up

A new book from former National Security Advisor John Bolton shows a Trump eager to get into Xi Jinping’s good graces.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers guard a highway leading towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020.

China and India Trade Blame For Deadly Mountain Clashes

Is this a pressure valve releasing, or the start of a more intense conflict?

The U.S. Air Force logo is seen at the entrance of the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany on January 17, 2016.

Trump Is Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Germany. Do Germans Care?

Although it’s a sign of fraying U.S.-German ties, the move is unlikely to bother Germans.

People hold signs toward traffic outside a burned Wendy's restaurant on the second day following the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in the restaurant parking lot June 14, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.

U.S. Protests Continue After Atlanta Police Shooting

The killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police sparked a new wave of protests against racist police violence.

Nila Davis deals cards to Becky Lewis of Texas at a blackjack table with plexiglass safety shield dividers at Excalibur Hotel & Casino on June 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reality Strikes the Stock Market

With fears of second waves and warnings from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, the stock market has finally taken a dip after a weeks-long rally.

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte waits while the new government's confidence vote is being held on September 10, 2019 during at the Senate in Rome.

As Coronavirus Recedes in Europe, Citizens Demand Answers

As the virus wanes in some countries, grieving families want to know how it all went so wrong.

A man walks past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Kabul April 5, 2020.

Will There Still Be a Taliban To Negotiate With?

Reports of a fractured Taliban spell trouble for an Afghan government “fully ready” to talk.

People wearing face masks walk past a wall with a graffiti depicting a cleaner in protective gear spraying viruses with the face of President Jair Bolsonaro in Estacio neighborhood on June 8, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Coronavirus Isn’t Going Away

Despite some coronavirus fatigue in the West, the WHO just recorded the highest daily number of coronavirus cases of the pandemic so far.

A protester holds a sign that reads "How many were not filmed" in Portuguese stands in front of a riot police squad during a protest on June 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

U.S. Protests Have Ignited a Worldwide Call for Justice

The George Floyd protests are forcing authorities to confront their own failings on racism, and not just in the United States.

People wait on a long line to receive a food bank donation at the Barclays Center on May 15, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City.

How High Will the U.S. Unemployment Rate Go?

As officials announce the latest monthly unemployment report and the stock market continues to rise, economists debate whether the worst has passed.

An Episcopal priest sits in protest in front of security personnel blocking 16th Street near Lafayette Park and the White House on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Generals Denounce Trump’s Protest Crackdown Plan

U.S. President Donald Trump wants a military response to street protests, but his chief military advisor thinks otherwise.

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