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  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. international affairs
    Kim Jong-un’s Health Isn’t North Korea’s Biggest ProblemThe country can manage political chaos. Coronavirus may be another matter.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. gallery
    Photos: Life Under the Coronavirus Lockdown in WuhanThe city has become a ghost town, with millions of quarantined people largely avoiding public spaces.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. nonproliferation
    Iran Nixes Nuclear-Deal Commitments, Lifts Enrichment LimitsTrump’s maximum-pressure campaign has officially achieved the opposite of its supposed intent.
  20. 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.
  21. trade war
    Trump’s Trade Wins Are a Triumph of the TrivialThe president’s trade-war spectacle has led to more sacrifice than gain.
  22. international affairs
    Brazilian President Starts Feud With Pussy Posse FounderAll because of the Amazon rain forest.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. world view
    Saudi Oil Attack Prompts More Incoherence From Trump AdministrationThe strikes disabled critical Saudi oil infrastructure and revealed how unprepared the Trump administration is to handle such a crisis.
  28. war in afghanistan
    Trump’s Canceled Meeting With Taliban Was a Failed Attempt to Rush a Peace DealThe Camp David summit was reportedly a last-minute ploy to conclude negotiations and let Trump deliver a grand finale to the war in Afghanistan.
  29. international affairs
    Conan O’Brien Attempted to Buy Greenland Over the WeekendHis new special airs next week.
  30. international affairs
    Fred Armisen Wrote SNL’s Julio Torres a ‘Permission Slip’ to Film Los EspookysTo Lorne Michaels: “The boy will be coming with me.”
  31. international affairs
    British Channel ITV Bans All-Male Comedy Writing Teams“I hope that drawing attention to it might start producers thinking about how to address it.”
  32. international affairs
    Conan O’Brien and Sam Richardson Are Off to Ghana Next WeekTo tape the next Conan Without Borders special, of course.
  33. international affairs
    Trump Has to Remind John Bolton How Much He Likes Kim Jong-unNeither missile tests nor hawkish national security advisors will dissuade Trump from appreciating a foreign strongman’s Biden insults.
  34. foreign policy
    Trump Makes Needless Threat to ‘End’ IranIt seems to have been prompted by a Fox News segment on his administration’s ramped-up tensions with the country.
  35. terrorism
    What We Know About the Easter Terrorist Attacks in Sri LankaSuicide bombers from a religious extremist group killed more than 200 people in attacks on Catholic churches and luxury hotels.
  36. international affairs
    The Most Australian Moments From Conan’s Trip to AustraliaYes, there were koalas.
  37. foreign policy
    Trump and Kim Tease Another Pointless Peace SummitTrump and his administration have gotten nowhere with North Korea since the last two times they got nowhere, but rematches make good television.
  38. international affairs
    Netanyahu Vows to Annex West Bank, Never Allow Palestinian State, If ReelectedThe embattled Israeli prime minister is pulling out all the far-right stops in a desperate, Trump-enabled attempt to get reelected.
  39. international affairs
    Conan O’Brien Is Petting Koalas in Australia for His Next TBS SpecialThanks to some shaming from Hugh Jackman, O’Brien is now Down Under.
  40. eyes on the prize
    White House Asked Japan for Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize NominationBut what did Japan get in return for the typically anonymous honor, and was it the only country to receive the request?
  41. international affairs
    The Migrant Crisis Means No Honeymoon for Mexico’s New PresidentPresident López Obrador’s first term has begun, and so has the challenge of handling the migrant caravan and a disruptive leader north of the border.
  42. international affairs
    Trevor Noah to Host ‘Self-Deportation Edition’ of The Daily Show in South AfricaNoah will take viewers on a tour of his hometown on Monday.
  43. break ups
    May and E.U. Leaders Reach Historic Agreement on Brexit Deal Nobody WantsAfter a year and a half of negotiations, the European Union has approved a pain-delaying Brexit deal which most British lawmakers oppose.
  44. global politics
    A Win for Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Would Be a Win for the Global Christian RightThe presidential candidate — known for racist, misogynistic, and anti-LGBT rhetoric — leads in October’s run-off, thanks partly to religious voters.
  45. international affairs
    Pressure Builds on Saudi Arabia, But Will Trump Continue to Get Played?Trump has vowed to severely punish the Saudis if they killed Jamal Khashoggi, but that punishment seems likely to include selling them more arms.
  46. international affairs
    Report: The U.S. Intercepted Saudi Communications About Capturing KhashoggiSaudi Arabia’s continued denials of killing the dissident journalist are not holding up.
  47. international affairs
    Everything We Know About the Disappearance and Alleged Murder of Jamal KhashoggiTurkey has alleged that the Washington Post journalist was murdered by the Saudi regime, but it’s not yet clear what has happened.
  48. international intrigue
    Missing Interpol President Was Quietly Detained by ChinaIt took China three days to acknowledge that Meng Hongwei was not even missing, and Interpol now says he has resigned.
  49. international affairs
    The Threat Posed by Europe’s Far-Right Surge Is Much Bigger Than One ElectionGains by a right-wing party in Sweden weren’t as big as many feared, but a small win over extremism shouldn’t obscure the broader danger.
  50. international affairs
    Crackdown Feared in Venezuela After Alleged Assassination Attempt on MaduroA bizarre alleged attack on Venezuela’s president may help him consolidate even more power in the country.
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