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The sun sets at the Summer Palace on October 8, 2005 in Beijing, China.

China Is Winning the Solar Space Race

The United States should be leading on the energy of the future — but it keeps blowing its chances.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

The World This Weekend

Fallout continues after tanker attacks, protests rage in Hong Kong, and talks resume in Sudan.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a rally against the extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9.

How to Speak Out and Stay Hidden in Hong Kong

Protest veterans have developed new tactics—but so have the police.

A French woman, Djamila Boutoutaou, attends her trial at the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad on April 17, 2018. She was sentenced to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State.

How Europe Is Handing Off Its ISIS Militants to Iraq

France is leading the way in washing its hands of its Islamic State fighters—whether they receive justice or not.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Some U.S. Allies Balk at Blaming Iran for Tanker Attack

Conflicting accounts of the incidents in the Gulf of Oman stir further confusion in an increasingly volatile region.

Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again

The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.

Protesters attend a rally against a controversial extradition law in Hong Kong on June 9.

How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for Hong Kongers

On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing’s gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008.

How to Take Care of an Ex-Spy

Former intelligence officers need compassion —or they can turn sour.

A photo illustration of euro, U.S. dollar, and British pound notes on Oct. 13, 2017.

Europe’s Dream: Escaping the Dictatorship of the Dollar

Trump’s hostile behavior is reinvigorating efforts to turn the euro into an alternative to the world’s dominant currency. If only the Europeans could find some way to do it.

Policemen and residents demonstrate in the office of the main policy labor union in Tunis, Tunisia on Oct. 28, 2013.

Tunisia’s Authoritarians Learn to Love Liberalism

Police unions are using their country’s newfound freedoms to protect themselves—and attack freedom fighters.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans as they take part in a rally against the extradition law outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on May 4.

How Hong Kong’s Unrest Plays to Beijing’s Hawks

Hard-liners say the protests only prove that America’s hidden hand is everywhere.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

U.S. Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

Plus: Expert committee convenes on Ebola, Boris Johnson inches closer to the prime minister's office, and the other stories we're following today.

Fighters with the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah party, carry flags as they parade in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut, to mark the al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day, on May 31.

Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

The trial of a senior operative reveals the extent of the terrorist organization’s reach in the United States and Canada.

A man carries South Sudan's national flag at Mangateen Internal Displaced persons (IDPs) center during the visit of South Sudan's vice president in Juba on Nov. 17, 2018.

The Old Guard Are Killing the World’s Youngest Country

South Sudan was born amid great hope but has since descended into war. It will take a new generation of leaders to make it a successful state.

Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march calling on the European Union to do more on China's crackdown against Uighurs, in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counterterrorism Official Provokes Outcry

Rights activists say upcoming trip by U.N. diplomat could reinforce Beijing’s line that Uighur activists are terrorists.

Guy Roberts testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be assistant defense secretary for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

Top WMD Official Quietly Leaves Pentagon

Guy Roberts’s abrupt departure in April comes amid a long exodus of senior officials under acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

A picture from the Iranian News Agency ISNA reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman. The Trump administration blamed Iran for attacking two tankers on June 13.

U.S. Blames Iran for Latest Tanker Attack

Pompeo says no other country could have orchestrated the explosions with “such a high degree of sophistication.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a rally in Ahmedabad on May 26, 2019.

Modi’s Nationalism Is Spoiling His Global Brand

India’s leader has to mix a muscular foreign policy with a softer touch.

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