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Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Europe’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’

Frans Timmermans on COP27 and how Brussels navigates a frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.

Scotland’s Independence Dream Hits a Dead End

The U.K. Supreme Court ruling makes another referendum all but impossible, forcing nationalists to change their strategy.

A man dressed as a vampire walks though a hotel lobby in Salem, Massachusetts on October 1, 2022.
A man dressed as a vampire walks though a hotel lobby in Salem, Massachusetts on October 1, 2022.

American Horror Stories Aren’t Just Cinematic

A new history ties the genre to U.S. atrocities—not always convincingly.

Asia & the Pacific

A voter prepares to stamp her ballot at a polling station in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Nov. 20.
A voter prepares to stamp her ballot at a polling station in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Nov. 20.

Nepal’s Ruling Coalition Has the Edge in Elections

China

A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

What Xi’s Zero-COVID Fiasco Might Mean for China and the World

Middle East & Africa

Europe

Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.

Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo

Americas

Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.
Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.

What Lionel Messi Reveals About Geopolitics

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

The Road After COP27

Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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A police officer walks past G-20 signage in Indoesia on July 7. DITA ALANGKARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.
Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.

The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate

The war continues to be discussed in ways that are self-serving—and self-defeating.

Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.
Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.

Will China’s Protests Survive?

A nationwide movement of this scale has no post-1989 precedent.

Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy - Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in central Moscow on September 30, 2022.
Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy - Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in central Moscow on September 30, 2022.

It’s Time to Debunk Putin’s Existential Fallacy

One key to securing peace in Ukraine will be exposing the faulty argument for the war’s necessity.

A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.

Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests

This challenge to the Chinese Communist Party and the state has been building for some time.

World Cup Politics

The emblem of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is unveiled.
The emblem of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is unveiled.

How Qatar Can Save Its World Cup Legacy

Media liberalization would allow journalists to report on the country’s labor reforms from within.

Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine, forward Awer Mabil, defender Milos Degenek, and midfielder Riley McGree celebrate after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 26.
Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine, forward Awer Mabil, defender Milos Degenek, and midfielder Riley McGree celebrate after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 26.

Australia’s World Cup Hopes Depend on Its Refugee Stars

Canberra has spent decades ostracizing asylum-seekers. Now, the national team needs them on the field.

A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Qatar Can’t Hide Its Abuses by Calling Criticism Racist

Migrant workers have suffered for years under the Gulf nation’s kafala system and deserve compensation.

A woman walks past a promotional installation for this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Qatar, at a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 17.
A woman walks past a promotional installation for this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Qatar, at a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 17.

Chinese Firms Are at the World Cup, but Not Chinese Fans

A soccer-loving nation is isolated from the global sport.

Long Reads

An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Russia’s Great Reverse Migration

Central Asians used to flee the Soviet empire’s periphery for Moscow. Russia’s mobilization has sent escaping Muscovites in the other direction.

Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.
Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.

The World’s Most Remote Film Festival

Deep in the Algerian desert, a Sahrawi-run event puts Western Sahara’s struggle for liberation on the big screen.

Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.

Don’t Release Foreign Reserves to the Taliban

Unfreezing billions of dollars while huge revenues flow to Kabul risks legitimizing an extremist regime.

Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.
Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.

Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men

Relying on Hollywood clichés, “Argentina, 1985” offers a pat, sentimentalized view of history.

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A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

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