An Afghan policeman keeps watch over miners at a gold mine on a mountainside near the village of Qara Zaghan in Baghlan province on May 6, 2013.

Afghanistan Wanted Chinese Mining Investment. It Got a Chinese Spy Ring Instead.

Desperate to jump-start its economy, Kabul is sick of waiting for Beijing to tap the country’s mineral wealth.

Police control people in the restaurant Schronisko Smakow, on Jan. 18, 2021 at Bukowina Tatrzanska in the Tatra mountains, which was opened on Jan. 17 despite the lockdown.

Poland’s Businesses Are Rejecting Their Lockdown

The Polish government ordered the economy to shut down. Small-business owners organized a mutiny.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden's pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Biden’s U.N. Pick Assembles Team of Foreign-Policy Veterans

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is staffing her New York and Washington offices with a range of career and political foreign-policy hands with extensive experience in U.N. affairs. 

Protesters clash with riot police during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

With Russia Protesting Navalny’s Arrest, Calls Mount to Target Putin’s Inner Circle

The Russian president’s ill-gotten wealth has proved a flash point for mounting nationwide protests, with another planned for next weekend.

Taiwan's chemical corps personnel stand in formation during a demonstration as Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen inspects troops in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.

With Trump Gone, Taiwan Seeks Assurances From Biden Administration

But Biden and his team are likely to resist using Taiwan as a cudgel against China the way Trump did.

A man watches a television screen showing news footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 8th Congress of the ruling Workers' Party, held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 6.

North Korea’s New Sub Missile Is First Step Toward a New ICBM

Parading a new submarine-launched missile made a big buzz in North Korea. The real buzz is what it could mean for Pyongyang’s nuclear deterrent.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th U.S. president at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20.  Saul Loeb/REUTERS

President Biden Pledges a Fresh Start for America

With Trump gone, Biden talks up the need for unity and renewal after four years of bitter division.

People wearing protective face masks hold banners during a protest against draft laws used to threaten abortion-rights protesters in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 20.

Trump’s Legacy Is a Global Alliance Against Women’s Rights

U.S. conservatives have forged dangerous ties on abortion with reactionaries abroad.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan

Congress Will Continue Probing Pompeo’s Military Housing Long After He Departs State

Internal emails reveal Pompeo may have benefited from tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for upkeep at his residence.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a stage in Delaware.

What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy

From climate change to China to ending the forever wars, here are 10 of the biggest challenges facing the Biden foreign-policy team as it takes office.

A protester is seen in demonstrations denouncing China's treatment of its ethnic Uighur population.

Pompeo Declares China’s Crackdown on Uighurs ‘Genocide’

The Trump administration’s final parting shot at Beijing poses a diplomatic challenge for Biden on his first day in office.

Nominee for Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines

Capitol Assault Dominates Hearing for Biden’s Spy Chief

Avril Haines vowed to keep politics out of intelligence.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson

Biden to Tap Seasoned Former Diplomat to Oversee Southern Border Policy

Roberta Jacobson, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, will join the NSC and help oversee an anticipated U-turn in U.S. policy on migration and asylum.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Mounts Last-Minute Attempt to Starve Funding for Foreign Aid, Global Vaccine Efforts

But congressional sources say it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will cut billions of dollars of already appropriated funding.

United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power speaks during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting on the situation in Syria, at the United Nations September 25, 2016 in New York. 
(Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden Names Former U.N. Envoy to Head USAID, Beefs Up Asia Staff

Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., will seek to revive a troubled agency, while Obama-era veterans Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner get top Asia jobs.

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