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Trump Keeps Invoking Terrorism to Get His Border Wall

Trump Keeps Invoking Terrorism to Get His Border Wall

Troops on the ground. Drones in the sky. Aggressive terror-related investigations in the United States. Donald Trump and Barack Obama differ significantly on style, but not much separates them when it
Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Jassen Todorov National Geographic magazine has announced the winning entries in its annual photo competition. The grand-prize winner this year is Jassen Todorov, who will take home a $5,000 prize
A Nonbinding Migration Pact Is Roiling Politics in Europe

A Nonbinding Migration Pact Is Roiling Politics in Europe

An international migration pact adopted by the vast majority of the world’s nations aims to better handle rising flows of migrants worldwide, explicitly upholds national sovereignty, and is not

Inside For-Profit Japanese Crying Sessions

Hiroki Terai, a successful Japanese businessman and author, was conducting research for a book about the country’s rising divorce rate when he came to a startling conclusion. “He found that [many]
Photos of the Week: State Funeral, Mass Marriage, Krampus Parade

Photos of the Week: State Funeral, Mass Marriage, Krampus Parade

Emma McIntyre / Getty for KROQ / Entercom A prison beauty contest in Brazil, a 3-D-printed e-motorcycle in Germany, the state funeral of former President George H. W. Bush, a light show in
Theresa May Is Running Out of Options

Theresa May Is Running Out of Options

LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Monday that she was postponing a scheduled parliamentary vote on her proposed Brexit deal. The 11th-hour decision follows weeks of speculation
The Death of Democracy in Hong Kong

The Death of Democracy in Hong Kong

“You remember me!”I couldn’t help laughing when Joshua Wong said those words to me, as I walked up to shake his hand after a small protest gathering he had helped organize broke up. It seemed a
The U.S. Is Paying More Than It Bargained for in the Yemen War

The U.S. Is Paying More Than It Bargained for in the Yemen War

President Donald Trump, who repeatedly complains that the United States is paying too much for the defense of its allies, has praised Saudi Arabia for ostensibly taking on Iran in the Yemen war. It
France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Aren’t Against Climate Action

France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Aren’t Against Climate Action

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron swept into power last year promising to modernize his country and scale back its reliance on fossil fuels. Inspired by the Paris climate accord of 2015, his
Hopeful Images From 2018

Hopeful Images From 2018

Siese Veenstra / AFP / Getty 2018 has been another year of news stories with photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view. I’ve made it a tradition to compose an essay of uplifting
Trump Chooses a Loyal Foot Soldier for the UN

Trump Chooses a Loyal Foot Soldier for the UN

Nikki Haley accepted the job of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations when, as she tells it, Donald Trump assured her that she wouldn’t have to be a “talking head.” Now the president plans to replace
Can Nikki Haley Emerge From the Trump Administration Unscathed?

Can Nikki Haley Emerge From the Trump Administration Unscathed?

Who, exactly, is Nikki Haley? With just weeks left in her role as the ambassador to the United Nations, I wanted to ask her one of the big questions naturally prompted by her departure: Does she share
Read Nikki Haley’s Full Interview With<em> The Atlantic</em>

Read Nikki Haley’s Full Interview With<em> The Atlantic</em>

During her recent trip to Washington, D.C., for President George H. W. Bush’s funeral, Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sat down for an interview with The Atlantic.This

The Oldest Surviving Form of Theater

The Japanese art of Noh is the oldest surviving theater tradition in practice. Dating back to the 14th century, the classical musical drama is derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or
2018 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year

2018 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year

Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a
The Saudi Ambassador Is Back in D.C. Will Anyone Talk to Him?

The Saudi Ambassador Is Back in D.C. Will Anyone Talk to Him?

Updated at 3:56 p.m.The Saudi ambassador to the United States may have quietly returned to Washington, but he’s going to have some trouble getting meetings on Capitol Hill.Prince Khalid bin Salman’s
Is It Time to Bury Merkel's Legacy?

Is It Time to Bury Merkel's Legacy?

BERLIN — In the race to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the head of her center-right Christian Democrats, the buzzword is undoubtedly change.The CDU party-leader election in Hamburg Friday
2018 in Photos: A Look at the Middle Months

2018 in Photos: A Look at the Middle Months

Anton Vaganov / Reuters As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a
Russia’s Bizarre New Campaign to Define Its National Identity

Russia’s Bizarre New Campaign to Define Its National Identity

More than 1,000 miles from Moscow, in a city near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, residents have taken up an unusual cause: demanding that they be allowed to name their local airport after a famous
The Coming Senate Showdown Over Saudi Arabia

The Coming Senate Showdown Over Saudi Arabia

Senate leaders are pitted against the White House in an escalating battle over whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself ordered the hit on the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That