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Photographers outside the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on March 22, after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Mueller Report Is a Test for the United States

As the world looks on, it’s up to Washington to demonstrate the strength of its institutions.

Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York on Oct. 19, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Britannia Helps Rule the Waves

The Royal Navy’s return to Asia can guarantee the freedom of the seas.

People's Liberation Army personnel attending the opening ceremony of China's new military base in Djibouti. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

The African country houses a key U.S. military base, making it a particular concern for Washington.

An actor portrays President George Washington as he poses for a selfie with visitors at the Mount Vernon Estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia, on Feb. 22, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

America Can’t Be Trusted Anymore

It's hard to be powerful when nobody believes a word you say.

Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

"Han the Robot" waits on stage before a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017.
Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling RISE tech conference at the city's harbourfront convention centre, but the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE        (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Using America’s Own Plan to Dominate the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Chinese are massively investing in AI research and tech, while the Trump administration is cutting federal programs wholesale.

TOPSHOT - Turkish-Cypriots attend a parade in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), on July 20, 2016 to mark the anniversary of of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974. 
The anniversary marks the exact moment when Turkish troops invaded in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered military coup to unite Cyprus with Greece. / AFP / Iakovos Hatzistavrou        (Photo credit should read IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)

One Last Chance to Reunite Cyprus?

There’s political will. That doesn’t mean there’s a practical way.


How’s Trump Doing? Look at the Mexican Peso.

When Trump does well, the peso goes down. When he does poorly, it goes up.

CHENGGONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: (CHINA OUT) A man walks along a street on November 20, 2013 in Chenggong, Yunnan Province of China. Chenggong is a satellite city located just south of Kunming. As of 2012, much of the newly constructed housing in Chenggong is still unoccupied, and it is reportedly one of the largest ghost towns in Asia. According to a China Youth Daily report in July, at least 12 such ghost cities across the country have been found. Besides the best known of these - Ordos in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the list also included Changzhou in Jiangsu, Zhengdong New Area in Henan Province, Shiyan in Hubei and Chenggong District of Kunming in Yunnan.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

The End of Days Is Coming — Just Not to China

Why apocalyptic fiction and film haven’t caught on in the Middle Kingdom.


Why Kim Jong Un Needs Nuclear Weapons

At North Korea’s first party congress in 36 years, the country’s leader is showing why he’s the man to defend his people.


Defending Donald Trump … Again?

Why playing devil’s advocate with the Republican front-runner’s rhetoric eventually leads back to the source of the problem — Washington.


Playboy Is Ditching the Sex and Betting on China

But the once-hot brand has moved decidedly down-market. Can Hugh Hefner save his struggling company by selling sweatsuits to Chinese grandmothers?


The $3 Trillion Question

Why China should not devalue its currency.

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 08: (CHINA OUT) An investor naps while observing stock market at an exchange hall on January 8, 2016 in Beijing, China. Chinese stock market experienced a halt on Thursday and rebounded the next day. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.39% to 3199.56 points and the Shenzhen Composite Index went up 1.98% to 10973.12 points. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)***_***

Crouching Tiger, Sleeping Giant

The 120-year-old cliché that explains the Chinese-American relationship.


USA Freedom Kids Singing a Trump Theme Song Makes America Great Again

This video of a girl-group singing a Trump theme song will restore your faith in America.


You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Inside the fight over the American Bar Association's tepid condemnation of Beijing’s crackdown on lawyers and activists.


Xi Jinping’s Taiwan Trap

The self-governing island's soft power remains potent enough to change mainland China.

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 19:  Canadian fans celebrate a 6-0 win against Haiti during the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place on January 19, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Move Over, America: Canada Is the Land of the Free

According to new research released Monday, Americans feel less free than Canadians and more scared on a daily basis than Bangladeshis, Egyptians, and Sudanese.


Afghan President Ghani Pun-tificates on D.C. Voting Rights

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is surprisingly up to speed on D.C. voting rights.