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2019 Is a Sensitive Year for China. Xi Is Nervous.

2019 Is a Sensitive Year for China. Xi Is Nervous.

Pictures of President Xi Jinping at an exhibition for the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, at the National Museum of China in Beijing last year.
Dozens Dead in Nigeria as Election Results Are Delayed

Dozens Dead in Nigeria as Election Results Are Delayed

Counting votes at a polling station in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on Saturday.

Venezuela Crisis: Hope and Aid Blocked at Border

As President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuala seeks to stay in power, we traveled to Cúcuta, Colombia, the site of a star-studded concert organized by Richard Branson and attempts by opposition forces to
Taliban and U.S. Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

Taliban and U.S. Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

The Taliban political office in Doha, Qatar. The presence of the Taliban’s deputy chief at talks with the United States suggests that the insurgent group’s negotiators could have the decision-making
Are France and Germany Breaking Up?

Are France and Germany Breaking Up?

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaking at the German Bundestag in November.
China, North Korea, Oscars: Your Monday Briefing

China, North Korea, Oscars: Your Monday Briefing

Alex McIntyre, second from right, is among employees at a chain of British pubs who are fighting for better working conditions and fairer pay.

Notes on the Culture: The Designers Making Couture for Men

John Galliano, Clare Waight Keller, Raf Simons and Kim Jones are creating sumptuous, handcrafted men’s wear, to marvelous and subversive effect.
Koreans in Japan Embrace the North as the World Shuns It

Koreans in Japan Embrace the North as the World Shuns It

Jiro Oshima and his granddaughter Misa An looking through old photo albums of his trips to visit family in North Korea, at his home in Tokyo.
Rust Belt, Sun Belt or Both? Democrats Seek the Best Route to the White House

Rust Belt, Sun Belt or Both? Democrats Seek the Best Route to the White House

Senator Kamala Harris in Ankeny, Iowa, on Saturday. There is a growing school of thought that Democrats should not spend so much energy on heavily white, rural parts of the country
Is Your Rent Through the Roof? Oregon Wants to Fix That

Is Your Rent Through the Roof? Oregon Wants to Fix That

Andy Mangels must leave the apartment in Portland, Ore., where he has lived for three decades because the landlord is more than doubling the rent. The Oregon State Legislature is considering a bill to

Nonfiction: Frans de Waal Embraces Animal Emotions in ‘Mama’s Last Hug’

In his new book, the renowned ethnologist argues that emotions are key to understanding both human and animal behavior.
L Train Riders Are Bracing for Painful Repairs. Your Subway Line Could Be Next.

L Train Riders Are Bracing for Painful Repairs. Your Subway Line Could Be Next.

A sweeping $40 billion plan to save the subway calls for installing modern subway signals on several lines at the same time.

Metropolitan Diary: ‘I Put My Hand in My Pocket and Found an Envelope I Had Forgotten to Mail’

Serendipity on a rainy Saturday, a pair of cheap black gloves and more reader tales of New York City in this week’s Metropolitan Diary.
The Child Abuse Charge Was Dismissed. But It Can Still Cost You a Job.

The Child Abuse Charge Was Dismissed. But It Can Still Cost You a Job.

“It’s like a scarlet letter,” said Hope Lyzette Newton, whose name was included on a New York State list of people who mistreat children after an allegation of corporal punishment. The charge was