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  1. extreme weather
    Scenes of Devastation After Deadly Floods in Germany and BelgiumAt least 188 people are dead and hundreds still missing. Over the weekend, more flash floods struck other parts of Germany and Austria.
  2. war in afghanistan
    U.S. Leaves Bagram Airfield, Withdrawal From Afghanistan Nearly FinishedThe epicenter of America’s war effort in the country has been evacuated and handed over to Afghan forces.
  3. international affairs
    U.S. Air Strikes Target Iran-Backed Militias in Syria and IraqThe Pentagon said Biden ordered the strikes in retaliation for recent drone attacks on U.S. personnel by Iran-backed militias.
  4. covid-19
    U.K. Delays End of Lockdown Amid Spread of Delta COVID VariantPrime Minister Boris Johnson has pushed back the easing of pandemic restrictions in the country to July 19.
  5. international affairs
    Netanyahu Ousted As Prime Minister of IsraelNaftali Bennett has been sworn in as the country’s new leader, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year reign, but the new governing coalition remains fragile.
  6. environment
    ‘Sea Snot’ Wreaking Havoc on Coast of TurkeyThe sludge, which is discharged from overfed algae and does in fact look like snot, has blocked fishing and threatens sea life.
  7. international affairs
    China Will Allow Married Couples to Have 3 ChildrenThe country is facing a significant demographic crisis, but most experts are skeptical that boosting the child limit again will reverse the trend.
  8. foreign interests
    The End of the Netanyahu Era?A coalition deal is likely to end the career of Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, but the damage he has done will have a long tail.
  9. explainer
    European Union to Ban Its Airlines From Belarus Airspace After Ryanair DiversionOn Monday, a video also appeared of dissident Roman Protasevich in custody, which his allies claim was recorded under duress.
  10. covid-19
    A COVID Wave May Be the Next Disaster to Strike GazaJust 2 percent of Gazans are fully vaccinated, the health system is crippled, and COVID-19 might have been spreading in the bomb shelters.
  11. israel
    U.S. Discourse Is Growing More Pro-Palestinian. U.S. Policy Isn’t.Several factors have led liberals and newsrooms to become more sympathetic to Palestinian misery, creating a dissonance with the official U.S. stance.
  12. foreign interests
    Violence in Israel Is a Political Victory for NetanyahuThe latest escalation has dashed prospects of a deal among the prime minister’s rivals to form a unity government.
  13. foreign interests
    The U.S. Is Playing Catch-Up at Vaccine DiplomacyAmerica can still make a major difference in the efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines into arms globally, but Russia and China have a big head start.
  14. india
    India Sees 400,000 New Cases in a Day: COVID-Crisis UpdatesThere’s still no end in sight.
  15. foreign interests
    This Week May Be Biden’s Last Chance to Revive the Iran DealThe U.S and Iran are at odds over who should make the first move. Indirect talks in Vienna this week will aim to bridge that gap.
  16. foreign interests
    What Were the Legal (and Strategic) Grounds for Biden’s Syria Airstrikes?The long-term impact on Biden’s Iran strategy may be more consequential than the strikes’ contested legality.
  17. coronavirus
    What We Know About the New P.1 Strain of the CoronavirusThe new variant, detected amid a horrifying resurgence of COVID cases in Manaus, Brazil, has alarmed scientists around the world.
  18. international affairs
    What to Make of the U.K.-E.U. Brexit Trade DealThe agreement will ensure Britain continued access to the European market, but doesn’t cover the service sector and leaves many issues unresolved.
  19. international affairs
    The More Complicated Crisis Biden Will Inherit With IranThe president-elect is determined to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but opponents of the agreement are doing their best to sabotage him.
  20. international affairs
    What We Know About the Assassination of Iran’s Top Nuclear ScientistIsrael was likely behind the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, but it’s not clear how much it will affect Iran’s nuclear program, or if Trump signed off.
  21. foreign policy
    Armenia and Azerbaijan Are at War. Does President Trump Even Know?As the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict threatens to escalate into a proxy war between Russia and Turkey, the once-influential U.S. sits on the sidelines.
  22. foreign interests
    Trump’s ‘Peace’ Deal Doesn’t Make Mideast Conflict Any Less LikelyThe Abraham Accords serve Trump and Netanyahu’s political interests, but abandoning Palestinians and amplifying pressure on Iran are both risky steps.
  23. international affairs
    New Zealand Postpones National Election Amid Mysterious COVID-19 OutbreakNo, this doesn’t set any kind of precedent for President Trump to try to follow.
  24. international affairs
    Why the Israel-UAE Deal Is More About Iran Than PeaceThe historic agreement shows that for Arab states, the cold war against Iran now trumps the Palestinian cause.
  25. tiktok
    What’s Going on With Trump’s TikTok Ban and the Microsoft Deal?As TikTok users continue to hold their looped breath, Microsoft is again trying to acquire the app after dealing with some Trump-prompted confusion.
  26. international affairs
    Trump Admits He’s Never Talked to Putin About Bounties for Killing U.S. TroopsHe also excused Russia for allegedly supplying weapons to the Taliban, saying, “We did that, too.”
  27. international affairs
    Could War With Iran Be an October Surprise?A series of mysterious explosions and alleged Israeli sabotage operations could soon open the door to a broader conflict.
  28. international affairs
    Trump Was Reportedly Briefed on Russian Bounties for Dead U.S. Troops Last Year John Bolton reportedly briefed Trump on the Russian bounties for dead American soldiers in Afghanistan in March 2019.
  29. international affairs
    Trump Has Already Put Himself in No Position to Help Hong KongEven if he wants to, the president has neither the leverage, the diplomatic skill, nor the credibility to stand up to China over its new power grab.
  30. international affairs
    Hong Kong’s Independence May Not Survive the PandemicA new law would give China unprecedented power to crack down on the city’s democratic movement, and there’s not much the U.S. can do to stop it.
  31. unsolved mysteries
    Kim Jong-un Is Very Much Alive in Allegedly New PhotosRumors of the North Korean dictator’s demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated, according to state-media images of Kim at a fertilizer factory.
  32. international affairs
    Kim Jong-un’s Health Isn’t North Korea’s Biggest ProblemThe country can manage political chaos. Coronavirus may be another matter.
  33. coronavirus
    Bolsonaro’s War on the War on the CoronavirusBrazil’s president has fired his health minister for taking strong measures against the coronavirus — and getting popular while doing so.
  34. coronavirus
    Will the Coronavirus Tear Europe Apart?Germany has ditched its economic playbook to confront the pandemic at home, but it’s not yet clear if it will do the same for its southern neighbors.
  35. international affairs
    The U.S. and China Should Be United on COVID-19. Instead, They’re Fighting.Leaders in both countries see the outbreak as an opportunity to stir up the kind of xenophobia that has served them well.
  36. international affairs
    This Is a Particularly Bad Time for U.S.-Iran Tensions to FlareAs the Trump administration ramps up coronavirus xenophobia, it simultaneously pursues a muddled Middle East strategy.
  37. coronavirus
    Coronavirus and Autocracy: An Extremely Dangerous MixWhen citizens don’t trust their rulers and vice versa, an already frightening situation can get much worse.
  38. international affairs
    Why Was There a Wave of Violence in India While Trump Was Visiting?In a sense it was a coincidence. And in a sense not.
  39. gallery
    Photos: Life Under the Coronavirus Lockdown in WuhanThe city has become a ghost town, with millions of quarantined people largely avoiding public spaces.
  40. international affairs
    What Sinn Féin’s Election Victory Means for IrelandThe nationalist party campaigned on domestic issues, but Brexit likely helped its cause — and Irish reunification is still on its agenda.
  41. us-iran conflict
    Iran Launches Missiles Against U.S. in Iraq, Threatens More RetaliationThe Pentagon confirmed that over a dozen missiles were launched on two air bases. No casualties are currently being reported.
  42. international affairs
    Iraqi Lawmakers Vote to Expel U.S. As Fallout From Soleimani Strike WorsensIraq’s parliament, prime minister, and most powerful religious leader all want America out, and the U.S.-led fight against ISIS has come to a halt.
  43. nonproliferation
    Iran Nixes Nuclear-Deal Commitments, Lifts Enrichment LimitsTrump’s maximum-pressure campaign has officially achieved the opposite of its supposed intent.
  44. foreign policy
    The Real Risk of Assassinating SoleimaniKilling Iran’s most important military commander probably won’t start World War III, but it could make things a lot worse in the Middle East.
  45. trade war
    Trump’s Trade Wins Are a Triumph of the TrivialThe president’s trade-war spectacle has led to more sacrifice than gain.
  46. international affairs
    Brazilian President Starts Feud With Pussy Posse FounderAll because of the Amazon rain forest.
  47. democracy
    Revisiting the Promise of a World Without the Berlin WallEuropeans and Americans need to reckon with how we haven’t lived up to the spirit and ideals of November 1989.
  48. international affairs
    Everything You Need to Know About the Global Protest WaveFrom Lebanon to Chile, demonstrators are taking to the streets to demand changes from their governments.
  49. syria
    The Trump-Blessed War in Northeastern Syria Is Already a Complete DisasterAmerica’s abandoned Kurdish allies surrendered to Assad and Russia rather than face Turkey and the threat of ethnic cleansing alone.
  50. international affairs
    Everything We Know About Saudi Oil Attacks and the Escalating Crisis in the GulfThe Trump administration blames Iran, which is denying any role in the air strikes.
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