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The Atlantic: International

U.K. Police Are Investigating a Crash Near Parliament as Terrorism

U.K. Police Are Investigating a Crash Near Parliament as Terrorism

A car plowed into the gates of the United Kingdom’s Parliament on Tuesday, injuring two people in what London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. It’s at least the
Erdoğan Tilts at Windmills as Lira’s Decline Continues

Erdoğan Tilts at Windmills as Lira’s Decline Continues

Turkey’s central bank moved on Monday to shore up the declining lira, as the trouble with the country’s currency threatened to spread to the broader economy—and the global financial system. But it
Photos: 15 Years Since the 2003 Northeast Blackout

Photos: 15 Years Since the 2003 Northeast Blackout

Peter Morgan / Reuters On August 14, 2003, a series of faults caused by tree branches touching power lines in Ohio, which were then complicated by human error, software issues, and equipment
‘U.S. Relations With Turkey Are Not Good at this Time’

‘U.S. Relations With Turkey Are Not Good at this Time’

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he had ordered the doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports, exacerbating relations with a NATO ally that has proven intransigent in
The Unbelievable Story of North Korea's Most Celebrated Propagandist

The Unbelievable Story of North Korea's Most Celebrated Propagandist

One day in the summer of 1967, a young South Korean army captain named Oh Hyung Jae received a summons from the army counterintelligence corps. His specialty was not espionage, but applied
A U.S. Funding Review Is Hurting Aid Groups and Palestinians

A U.S. Funding Review Is Hurting Aid Groups and Palestinians

In January, Donald Trump’s administration suspended the financial aid it provides Palestinians, pending what it said was a review. Seven months later, not only are there few indications the review is
Photos of the Week: Robot Cat, Purple Water, Tunnel of Love

Photos of the Week: Robot Cat, Purple Water, Tunnel of Love

FTCS (SS) Bob Nguyen / U.S. Navy Missiles fly between Israel and Gaza, dizzying views in Hong Kong, hot summer days in Europe, a migrant family is reunited in Guatemala, a boisterous rodeo in
Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina

Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina

When Ireland voted in its historic referendum in May to overturn its decades-old ban on abortion, it looked as if more change could follow. If Ireland voted to liberalize abortion access, maybe
Trump’s Secret War on Terror

Trump’s Secret War on Terror

President Donald Trump has dramatically expanded the War on Terror. But you—and perhaps he—would never know it.Since he came into office, Trump has reportedly abandoned Obama-era rules governing the
Images From the Lombok Island Earthquake

Images From the Lombok Island Earthquake

Tatan Syuflana / AP On the night of August 5, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok and nearby Bali. The northern area of Lombok was badly affected, with thousands of
How a Warrior Poindexter Helped Ethiopia and Eritrea Make Peace

How a Warrior Poindexter Helped Ethiopia and Eritrea Make Peace

On June 23 in Addis Ababa, a hand grenade exploded within earshot of Abiy Ahmed Ali, Ethiopia’s newly inaugurated, widely adored prime minister. Due to either good luck or ineptitude on behalf of the
The Saudi-Canada Crisis Will Damage People’s Health

The Saudi-Canada Crisis Will Damage People’s Health

It’s been less than a week since Canada urged Saudi Arabia to release peaceful human-rights activists held in detention, but already the kingdom has responded with several aggressive moves. It
Saudi Arabia Rejects Human-Rights Criticism, Then Crucifies Someone

Saudi Arabia Rejects Human-Rights Criticism, Then Crucifies Someone

Even as it excoriated Canada for scolding it over human rights, Saudi Arabia beheaded a man Wednesday in Mecca, then put his body on public display, for allegedly stabbing a woman to death. The method
The U.S. Sanctions Russia for Skripal Poisoning—Five Months Later

The U.S. Sanctions Russia for Skripal Poisoning—Five Months Later

Five months after a deadly nerve agent threatened the life of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, Donald Trump’s administration announced Wednesday that it will be imposing new sanctions
What It Would Take for Iran to Talk to Trump

What It Would Take for Iran to Talk to Trump

On August 6, Donald Trump’s administration reimposed economic sanctions on Iran that Barack Obama’s administration had lifted when it signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, the
Historic Cat Photos on International Cat Day

Historic Cat Photos on International Cat Day

Bettmann / Getty Earlier this century, the International Fund for Animal Welfare declared August 8 to be International Cat Day, a day set aside to celebrate our feline friends, which apparently just
Photos of Abandoned Russia

Photos of Abandoned Russia

Vadim Razumov / Wikipedia Across the vastness of Russia—the world’s largest country, at some 6.6 million square miles—and over the span of its long history, countless houses, factories, churches,
Boris Johnson Would Like Your Attention Again

Boris Johnson Would Like Your Attention Again

After a month-long sabbatical from the public eye following his high-profile resignation from Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet, Boris Johnson is back. The ex–British foreign secretary’s decision
Trump Goes From Threatening Iran to Threatening the World

Trump Goes From Threatening Iran to Threatening the World

Donald Trump and his advisers have a consistent record of confronting and threatening Iran, most prominently by withdrawing from the nuclear deal. But on Tuesday, Trump expanded the threats against
America Is Not Ready for Exploding Drones

America Is Not Ready for Exploding Drones

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was intoning something about economic renewal, flanked by his wife and a handful of high officials, in a country gripped by poverty, starvation, and shortages.