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  1. business
    Will Corporate America Dump Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi?Trump may not want to punish them, but CEOs risk alienating customers, investors, and employees if they are seen as condoning the regime’s actions.
  2. foreign policy
    The U.S. Has Blood on Its Hands in Yemen, and Can’t Wash It OffMattis’s threat to reduce support for Saudi-led bombings rings hollow in light of the Trump administration’s broader stance on Mideast arms sales.
  3. Turkey’s Economy Is on a Collision Course With Reality, & It’s Not Trump’s FaultErdogan’s easy money policy bought him his popularity, but his reluctance to shore up his currency could tank the Turkish economy.
  4. The Far Right Aims to Take Control of the European Union Next YearHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban predicts the victory of “illiberal” nationalism over liberalism in 2019’s European parliamentary election.
  5. Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Controversial U.K. VisitFrom attacking London’s mayor to offending various royals, Trump has a contentious history with the Brits. Now they’ll greet him with huge protests.
  6. The Brexit Crisis Finally Engulfs the Party That Started ItDavid Cameron’s hubristic Brexit referendum was always bound to end with a disaster for the Tories – and Theresa May appears powerless to stop it.
  7. Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran DealThe Israeli prime minister’s alleged bombshell offered no evidence of Iranian noncompliance and ample reason to keep the nuclear agreement in place.
  8. White House Releases Photos of Mike Pompeo’s Meeting With Kim Jong UnThe now-Secretary of State met with Kim in North Korea over Easter weekend.
  9. Macron Takes Not-So-Subtle Shots at Trump in Speech to CongressOn climate, trade, and multilateralism, the French president made it clear he disagrees with Trump.
  10. foreign policy
    How the U.S. and North Korea Are Preparing for the Trump-Kim SummitAs Trump undercuts the effort with hawkish hires, Kim is making diplomatic overtures to his neighbors — and starting up a new nuclear reactor.
  11. Italy’s Election Shows European Populism Isn’t Dead YetAnti-Establishment parties carried the day, but can they govern?
  12. North Korea’s Link to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Is Horrific, Yet UnsurprisingThe shipments identified in a U.N. report violate sanctions on both countries and demonstrate just how good these rogue regimes are at evading them.
  13. Israel’s War With Iran Comes Out of the ShadowsSaturday’s clash signals that Syria could become the theater for a direct confrontation between two of the most powerful states in the Middle East.
  14. Could the Olympics Help Create Peace Between the Koreas?The Games are a rare opportunity for diplomacy between the archenemies. But Mike Pence and others are wary.
  15. foreign affairs
    Cape Town’s Water Crisis Should Be a Warning to the WorldMajor cities running dry are a predictable consequence of climate change, population growth, and poor water management.
  16. Poland’s Holocaust Law and the Right-Wing Desire to Rewrite HistoryNew restrictions on speech reflect right-wing nationalists’ obsession with whitewashing the crimes of the past.
  17. America’s Role in Syria Just Got a Lot More ComplicatedISIS may be in full retreat, but two key U.S. allies are now fighting each other.
  18. Germany’s Political Turmoil Is Bad News for EuropeAngela Merkel picked a particularly unfortunate year to have this much trouble forming a government.
  19. North Korea Reopens Hotline to South: Breakthrough or Another Ploy?Reestablishing communication could help ease tensions, or drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea.
  20. What Kim Jong-un’s Mixed Messages Reveal About His 2018 StrategyIn his New Year’s Day address, the dictator offered an olive branch to South Korea, and threatened the West with a “nuclear button.”
  21. 7 Big Questions About North Korea’s Latest — and Longest — Missile TestSome quick calculations suggest it could have hit New York City. Worried yet?
  22. Mugabe’s Fall Doesn’t Necessarily Mean a Free ZimbabweThose who ousted the president are focused on making Emmerson Mnangagwa their next leader, not on democracy.
  23. Zimbabwe Military Takes Over Country, Claims President Mugabe Is ‘Safe’A spokesperson claimed the military is only “targeting criminals around him,” but the Mugabe family’s whereabouts are unknown.
  24. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Dangerous Power GrabWith his “anti-corruption” arrests, he consolidated power over Saudi Arabia’s armies, oil, and media. And Trump doesn’t seem to mind.
  25. The Real Things Team Trump Is Trying to Accomplish in AsiaBehind the cheesy photo ops and terrifying tweets.
  26. Japan’s Leader Just Showed How Trump Could Win in 2020Not long ago Shinzo Abe’s approval rating was below 30 percent. But he just romped to reelection.
  27. Here’s a Crazy Thought: Why Not Just Give Up on Brexit?Prime Minister Theresa May only has bad options at this point. But sacrificing her job for her country is the best among them.
  28. Iraqi Forces Seize Kurdish-Held City of KirkukTensions had been high since the Kurds voted for independence from Iraq last month.
  29. Why Austria’s Election Should Worry LiberalsIf the “sensible center” can’t come up with a better solution to the refugee crisis, the far right will keep winning.
  30. Catalonia’s Independence Drive Is a Critical Stress Test for Spain’s DemocracyOne of Western Europe’s youngest democracies, Spain risks backsliding into authoritarianism, or even civil war.
  31. Don’t Be Fooled by Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Let Women DriveIt doesn’t go very far, and the main intent seems to be drumming up good press for an ambitious young Saudi prince.
  32. Wait, Are We at War With North Korea Now?Kim Jong Un’s foreign minister said so in no uncertain terms. What now?
  33. Angela Merkel Won Reelection, But Is She Still the Leader of the Free World?Sunday’s election results complicate her task of defending liberal democracy from the forces of right-wing xenophobia.
  34. Why Kim Jong-un Is Keeping Tensions High With TrumpEven as the U.S. president has been ratcheting down his rhetoric.
  35. How Will Trump Handle Putin’s Disappointment?Negotiating a delicate new phase in U.S.-Russian relations.
  36. Venezuela Sees More Bloodshed Amid Widely Condemned ElectionMillions boycotted the vote for who will draft a new constitution, which was seen as an attempt by President Nicolás Maduro to consolidate power.
  37. Trump’s Dangerous Game With IranThe nuclear deal was meant to reduce the risk of war. With the president backing away from it, get ready for fireworks.
  38. How Has Supporting Trump Worked Out for Russia?A scorecard on how Trump has advanced Russian interests (whether knowingly or unknowingly), from easing Russian sanctions to the Syrian cease-fire.
  39. Nothing About Trump’s Syria Announcement Was NormalIt came out of nowhere, and the backstory was even stranger — and more alarming.
  40. Trump’s Speech in Saudi Arabia Was More Obama Than BannonCompared to his campaigning, it was a blatant flip-flop. Will his supporters who bashed Hillary Clinton for being “soft” on terrorism forgive him?
  41. Report: Pentagon Mulls Shooting Down North Korean Missile TestsA response to Kim Jong-un’s nuclear buildup.
  42. North Korea May Be Poised for a Nuclear Test. Is the U.S. Preparing to Strike?Officials pushed back on a report that said the U.S. is considering a preemptive strike, but it’s unclear how Trump might respond.
  43. Secretary Tillerson Has Some Odd Accommodations on His First Official TripHe confirmed his attendance late to a G20 session, so he’s staying at a health clinic miles from his counterparts.
  44. Tillerson Takes First Official Trip Abroad, Meets With Russian CounterpartAmerica’s top diplomat got off to a bit of a stilted start.
  45. Sanctions on Iran Lifted Following Nuclear Deal ComplianceThe country met its commitments under last summer’s nuclear agreement, and can now rejoin the world economic community. 
  46. At Least 28 Dead After Jihadists Storm Luxury Hotel in Burkina FasoThe Al Qaeda–linked group behind the attack also struck a hotel in neighboring Mali last fall.
  47. U.S. Buzzes North Korean Border With B-52 BomberThe Cold War is alive and well.
  48. Fight Between Saudi Arabia and Iran Keeps Getting WorseSaudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Sudan have all telegraphed their anger at Iran through diplomatic means. 
  49. Nearly One Million Migrants Have Fled to Europe This YearThe global refugee population has also surged to its highest level in more than two decades.
  50. Putin and Erdogan Still Hate Each OtherWait, you guys don’t like each other? The “not returning calls” and “shooting down planes” totally didn’t tip me off!
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