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U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu celebrates after her free skating performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. | (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Pope Francis meets Emeritus Pope

7 hilarious Winter Olympics-themed political cartoons

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The lies we tell ourselves about America's forever wars

The lies we tell ourselves about America's forever wars

It's become commonplace for many Americans to remark on the frequency and flagrancy of President Trump's lies. But that's nothing compared to the lies Americans tell ourselves on a daily basis about
The Russians are coming

The Russians are coming

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin satisfied? According to one line of analysis, despite the victory of his favored candidate, he hasn't really gotten what he wanted from his country's unprecedented
Is America the main obstacle to peace in Korea?

Is America the main obstacle to peace in Korea?

Though it's still winter in Pyeongchang, where the world's athletes are competing in the 23rd Olympic Winter Games, the heralds of spring are already twittering and tweeting across the Korean

China's invisible city

China is often portrayed as either a series of glittering metropolises or a great expanse of poverty-stricken countryside, with the not-so-hidden hand of a powerful government manipulating it all. But

The week's best photojournalism

Athletes from North and South Korea wave unification flags as they arrive during the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. | (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)A SpaceX spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla
5 key questions for the Winter Olympics

5 key questions for the Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Games will open in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this week. Here's everything you need to know. What's new at these Games? A bunch of new events. For the first time, Olympians will compete
The objects immigrants hold dear

The objects immigrants hold dear

An immigrant's journey to America is often an emotional one — uprooted, they leave a part of themselves behind to start anew on foreign soil. Often, the few items that make it over from their old home
Berlin's wall and ours

Berlin's wall and ours

Where were you when the wall came down? The question is prompted by the news that the Berlin Wall has now been down for longer than it had been up in the first place. A cruel and ugly signifier of the
Trump's cover-up in Afghanistan

Trump's cover-up in Afghanistan

The U.S. military is losing in Afghanistan, and the Trump administration is covering up the extent of the failure. That is the only possible conclusion from the news that the Pentagon, for the first

The mystic power of tribal tattoos

In Nepal, tattoos are one of the most ancient social and cultural traditions among tribal communities. For indigenous people, these permanent markings were not only beautiful but also had the power to
China's Black Mirror moment

China's Black Mirror moment

China's 1.4 billion people are getting "social credit" scores that rate their trustworthiness — and determine their place in society. Here's everything you need to know: What is social credit? It's

The week's best photojournalism

A super blue blood moon glows over Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. | (HEIKO JUNGE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)Supporters watch government opposition leader Raila Odinga get "sworn in" as an alternative

Retreat, America

The most disturbing part of President Trump's first State of the Union address was his war-peddling bombast on North Korea. In a clear echo of George W. Bush's fulmination against Iraq in 2002, Trump
How Hindu nationalists devoured India

How Hindu nationalists devoured India

Many of the world's liberal democracies are reckoning with majoritarian gripes against minority appeasement. But India's might be the most dramatic case, with a cacophony of Hindu nationalists
A test of courage in Taiwan's misty mountains

A test of courage in Taiwan's misty mountains

Each week, we spotlight a dream vacation recommended by some of the industry's top travel writers. This week's pick is Taroko National Park in Taiwan. (Courtesy image) "Many Americans think of
How to fix the World Bank

How to fix the World Bank

The World Bank has a problem: It's dwindling in stature, and its loans to the developing world pale beside the money rolling in from private investors. World Bank Jim Yong Kim's solution? Partner the
The Steele dossier's explosive allegations, explained

The Steele dossier's explosive allegations, explained

What role is a controversial intelligence report playing in the Russia investigation? Here's everything you need to know: What is the dossier? Compiled by a former British spy in 2016, it is a 35-page