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The Week Magazine: World News

China doesn't want Trump to say hello to Taiwan's president. He should do it anyway.

China doesn't want Trump to say hello to Taiwan's president. He should do it anyway.

China is on the move. From transforming man-made islands into military bases to bullying neighbors to stealing potentially trillions of dollars of intellectual property and military secrets, Beijing
Let Korea fix Korea

Let Korea fix Korea

America's efforts to ensure the denuclearization of North Korea have settled into a precarious state of limbo since President Trump's Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June.
Turkey's moment of truth

Turkey's moment of truth

Turkey is in crisis. And things will probably get considerably worse before they get better. Over the last several days, the Turkish lira has plunged against the U.S. dollar, falling as much as 20
The looming Brexit catastrophe

The looming Brexit catastrophe

Britain is still trying to figure out how to packs its bags. Back in 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union, but the departure won't take place until March 2019. The big question in the
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

Crocodiles rest at a farm in the Jordan Valley, West Bank. | (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) A turtle peers out of a pond in Chavornay, Switzerland. | (EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD) A man looks into a cobra's
Will the IMF ever come clean?

Will the IMF ever come clean?

Greece is finally free. The country whose profligacy and fraudulent accounting first touched off the eurozone crisis in 2010 has reformed and been rewarded with a return to the fold of fiscally
What it's like to do business in China

What it's like to do business in China

China does not make life easy for non-Chinese companies. The latest example is Google, which simply avoided the Chinese market for years, but now may be developing a search app that complies with the
Let's ban catcalling

Let's ban catcalling

In these crude and dispiriting times, it's always worth celebrating when a rare blow for decency is struck anywhere by anyone. Following fast upon their recent triumph on behalf of children's welfare
The great Chinese dinosaur boom

The great Chinese dinosaur boom

Not long ago in northeastern China, I found myself being driven in a Mercedes-Benz SUV down a winding country road, trailed by a small motorcade of local dignitaries, past flat-roofed brick farmhouses
Trump's trade ceasefire

Trump's trade ceasefire

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: Facing an "intensifying revolt" from businesses and fellow Republicans, President Trump last week called a
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

Tourists race crabs on Tobago island, Trinidad and Tobago. | (EPA-EFE/Andrea De Silva) A climate-change activist rides a smoke-blowing bicycle in Munich. | (EPA-EFE/LUKAS BARTH-TUTTAS) A gorilla
How anti-liberalism went global

How anti-liberalism went global

Anti-liberalism has gone global — and that's more than a little paradoxical. But the paradox is our reality now, so we have to face it. Whether it takes the form of Trumpian attacks on immigration to
The world on fire

The world on fire

This summer, forests are bursting into flame all over the world. More than 50 wildfires have scorched a shocked Sweden — some of them north of the Arctic Circle — as temperatures have soared into the
The week's best photojournalism

The week's best photojournalism

Santa Claus uses a restroom during the annual World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. | (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly) Abortion rights activists disguised as characters from The Handmaid's Tale
Will Trump be goaded into starting a war with Iran?

Will Trump be goaded into starting a war with Iran?

Tensions have escalated between President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. It began with a fiery speech from Rouhani, which prompted Trump to issue a bellicose tweet warning Iran to "NEVER,
I wanted a soulmate who would travel with me. Then I met him.

I wanted a soulmate who would travel with me. Then I met him.

Recently, I stumbled into a new relationship, and he's everything I've been looking for: intelligent, motivated, caring, hilarious. I'm so attracted to him I can barely stand it. There's just one
America's lunatic lust for regime change

America's lunatic lust for regime change

They say it's a mark of insanity to do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. So what does it tell us about the political establishment of the United States that it
Nationalists against the national interest

Nationalists against the national interest

A common way of understanding the changes rocking politics around the world today is as a conflict between nationalists and internationalists, a.k.a. "global elites." That is certainly how the
Trump is trying to use the Pyongyang playbook on Iran

Trump is trying to use the Pyongyang playbook on Iran

President Trump got elected by promising to disrupt the status quo. Nowhere has this been more true than on foreign policy. From praising Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to issuing harsh critiques of
Trump is losing control of his trade war

Trump is losing control of his trade war

President Trump isn't just losing his trade war — he's losing his grip on it. Trump already imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, and Beijing has responded in kind. Now Trump is