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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.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda speak to the media during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 12.

What Trump Promised Duda

A transcript of the U.S. and Polish leaders’ remarks in the Rose Garden.

A Chinese worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao, China, on July 13, 2017.

China Is Bluffing in the Trade War

Chinese leaders say they can effectively retaliate against Trump’s tariffs. They’re wrong.

Guests look at Baidu's products at the annual Baidu World Technology Conference in Beijing on November 1, 2018.

AI Can Thrive in Open Societies

The belief that China’s surveillance gives it an advantage is misleading—and dangerous.

Police officers charge toward protesters during a demonstration on June 12 in Hong Kong.

What’s Next for Hong Kong?

Plus: U.S. lawmakers push back against Saudi arms sales, Shinzo Abe visits Iran, and the other stories we're following today.

Sudanese supporters of the ruling Transitional Military Council chant slogans and wave national flags during a rally in Khartoum on May 31.

Sudan Talks Resume, Hong Kong Protests Continue

Plus: Russia releases a journalist, Botswana decriminalizes gay sex, and the other stories we're following today.

People cross from Guatemala to Mexico at the Talisman bridge in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7.

Mexico’s Other Border

Plus: Observers fear spiraling violence in Sudan, a scandal erupts in Brazil, and the other stories we're following today.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nobody’s Asking for Trump to Be a Genius

But is it too much for him to at least show some foreign-policy common sense?

Microphones with the Huawei logo are seen at a press conference at the Huawei facilities in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on May 29, 2019

Huawei’s PR Campaign Comes Straight From the Party’s Playbook

The trade war is showing how deep Beijing’s global influence runs.

Tanks at the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 23, 2007.

Oil’s Power Players

The United States may be a growing force in energy markets, but national oil companies still reign supreme.

Mexican officials, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Economy Secretary Graciela Marquez Colin attend a press conference with the Mexican delegation negotiating tariffs with U.S. officials on June 3 in Washington, DC.

Mexico Stands Firm Ahead of U.S. Talks

Plus: Sudan's military council calls off the transition deal, China's Tiananmen anniversary, and the other stories we're following today.

A pipes and drum band marches during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston on March 17, 2019.

Trump Bends Over to Kiss the Blarney State

The relationship between the United States and Ireland is pure bunkum. That suits both sides fine.

Serbian children play in the playground of the condominium where they live, on Nov. 24, 2007 in Mitrovica, Kosovo.

Playacting the Cold War in Kosovo

The Balkans are center stage for new tensions between Russia and the West—but how real is the action?

People chat in front of a mural depicting Iran's flag of Iran, in Tehran, Iran on May 22.

Mixed Messages on Iran

Plus: Stocks fall again amid trade war, Netanyahu misses his government deadline, and the other stories we're following today.

An anti-abortion poster showing a painting of the Virgin Mary on the Manila building of the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic organisation, on May 19, 2014.

Manila’s Abortion Ban Is Killing Women

Roughly 1,000 women in the Philippines die every year from lack of safe terminations. Others go to jail.

A teacher surrounded by children draws a smiley face on a fruit to welcome World Smile Day at a kindergarten in Handan, China, on May 8.

The Kids Aren’t Alright

In an era of great power competition, China and Russia are closing the gap with the United States when it comes to child welfare.

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