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India-Pakistan tensions escalate, the United States accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi Arabia, and the results of Israel’s election remain uncertain.
Everyone Thinks the Economy Is Issue No. 1 for India’s Modi. It’s Not.

Everyone Thinks the Economy Is Issue No. 1 for India’s Modi. It’s Not.

Little separates various Indian political parties on the economy. That’s why the prime minister’s new government is making its mark by delivering on its social and cultural agenda.
Is Trump Trying to Get Ukraine to Take Out Biden for Him?

Is Trump Trying to Get Ukraine to Take Out Biden for Him?

How a whistleblower case involving what the U.S. president said to a foreign leader could affect the 2020 election.
Arms Sales Can’t Replace U.S. Engagement in the Gulf

Arms Sales Can’t Replace U.S. Engagement in the Gulf

Without better infrastructure for using U.S.-made weapons systems, the Arab countries will keep coming up short.
The World Comes to the U.N.—but the U.S. Is Largely Missing

The World Comes to the U.N.—but the U.S. Is Largely Missing

Trump to skip climate summit to focus on his Christian base.
Iran-Saudi Crisis Resurrects an Old Question: Does the U.S. Need to Be There at All?

Iran-Saudi Crisis Resurrects an Old Question: Does the U.S. Need to Be There at All?

Trump’s reluctance to retaliate against Iran may reflect his belief that an “energy independent” United States no longer needs to protect the region.
The White House’s Revolving Door

The White House’s Revolving Door

Part 2 in our look at the Trump appointees who got the ax—and who resigned in the nick of time.
Can O’Brien Succeed as National Security Advisor?

Can O’Brien Succeed as National Security Advisor?

Maybe, but only if he realizes what his real job is—and if the president lets him do it.
The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming

The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming

But nobody is interested in doing anything about it.
In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia

In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia

Deployment will include missile defense capabilities and a “moderate” increase in troops.
Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.
Worldwide Climate Strikes Begin

Worldwide Climate Strikes Begin

Plus: Rouhani cleared for U.N. visit, Trudeau's troubles deepen, and the other stories we’re following today.
Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels

Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels

Historical feuds still threaten to stop Eastern European countries from joining the EU.
Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War

Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War

Most South Asians are too young to have experienced the horrors of the conflicts fought in the region. That’s one reason why they’re quick to clamor for one.
Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief

Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief

Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.
Whistleblower Fight Could Chill Reports of Wrongdoing

Whistleblower Fight Could Chill Reports of Wrongdoing

Laws on whistleblowing weren’t crafted to deal with concerns about a president.
How Iran’s Supreme Leader Is Outmatching Trump

How Iran’s Supreme Leader Is Outmatching Trump

The United States appears to be backing down in a test of wills that Iran expert Reuel Marc Gerecht calls the most “important moment since the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.”
Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder

Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder

Despite this week’s meeting of Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, there is no good news in the last redoubt of the Syrian revolt.
Trudeau Won’t Wash Off His Blackface Scandal

Trudeau Won’t Wash Off His Blackface Scandal

Racist images taint a prime minister who painted himself as a liberal savior.
Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.