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September 23, 2022

Iran
Iran’s Protests, Raisi’s UN Speech, and Nuclear Deal Talks: What to Know

The death of Mahsa Amini has sparked large-scale protests in Iran. But President Raisi’s speech at the UN General Assembly signals that the regime is not likely to soften its stance toward the Irania…

September 21, 2022

Russia
Does Putin’s Gamble Make Russia’s War in Ukraine More Dangerous?

Russia’s moves to mobilize thousands more troops and to annex more of Ukraine’s territory signal a new, potentially more dangerous phase of the war.

September 8, 2022

Health
U.S. Life Expectancy Is in Decline. Why Aren’t Other Countries Suffering the Same Problem?

COVID-19 is contributing to a dramatic decline in the average lifespan of Americans. The drop-off is canceling out decades of public health gains and stretching the gap between the United States and …

August 31, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
How Inter-Shia Strife Is Threatening Iraqi Security

Violence between rival Shiite factions has raised concerns that Iraq’s weak government is facing prolonged political upheaval.

August 24, 2022

United States
How Does U.S. Voter Turnout Compare to the Rest of the World’s?

The debate over how to address persistently low voter turnout is heating up ahead of the midterm elections.

May 24, 2022

Ukraine
Ukraine Should Wait on Cease-Fire Talks With Russia. Here’s Why.

Ukraine has rejected recent calls by the West for it to settle its war with Russia. Ukrainian leaders believe they have a chance to reclaim territory lost in the early fighting—and that they can do s…

A Ukrainian serviceman looks at a Russian ballistic missile booster that fell in a field in eastern Ukraine.

January 15, 2020

Iran
Did Soleimani Pose an Imminent Threat?

The Trump administration is making a mistake in providing vague and shifting legal rationales for the killing of an Iranian general.

April 28, 2022

COVID-19
When Will COVID-19 Become Endemic?

As omicron infections wane, some government leaders are optimistic that COVID-19 is becoming endemic, meaning more predictable and manageable. But many scientists say it’s too soon to tell and warn against easing pandemic restrictions.

October 4, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Election: What to Know

Brazil’s general election will be one of the biggest tests of its democracy in decades. Here’s a rundown of the candidates and issues to watch.

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March 25, 2022

Ukraine
How Bad Is Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis?

Russia’s assault on Ukraine could create as many as seven million refugees. Experts say the war could soon become Europe’s largest humanitarian crisis since the 1990s.