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TikTok Is Taking Over India

TikTok Is Taking Over India

NEW DELHI—On a hot afternoon on the lawns of a lavish country house south of India’s capital, Ronak Bhatia waited patiently for his shot at fame. He had followed an online ad posted by Celebrity Face,
‘Welcome to Europe. Now Go Home.’

‘Welcome to Europe. Now Go Home.’

MORIA, Greece—From the olive grove just outside the high cement wall—one topped with spirals of razor wire, enclosing one of Europe’s most infamous holding pens for asylum seekers—you can see all the
Photos of the Week: Prehistoric Tongue, First Snow, Panda Scan

Photos of the Week: Prehistoric Tongue, First Snow, Panda Scan

Ivan Alvarado / Reuters Autumn colors in Belgium; chess-boxing in Paris; protests in Chile and Hong Kong; dinosaurs in India; Loy Krathong in Thailand; bushfires in Australia; impeachment hearings
What America’s Allies Really Think About Trump’s Syria Decision

What America’s Allies Really Think About Trump’s Syria Decision

There was a time when the withdrawal of roughly 50 American Special Forces from a couple of outposts in a remote part of Syria wouldn’t have generated a wave of angst across the world about the United
Ask Your (Male) Colleagues What They Earn

Ask Your (Male) Colleagues What They Earn

On a cold November morning, a group of women—and a few men—gathered in front of Holborn tube station, in Central London. At 9 a.m. sharp, two of them linked arms with Samira Ahmed and walked the
Boris Johnson Is Not Britain’s Donald Trump. Jeremy Corbyn Is.

Boris Johnson Is Not Britain’s Donald Trump. Jeremy Corbyn Is.

Donald Trump has claimed Boris Johnson as his bumbling, blond-haired mini-me from across the water. The U.K. Labour Party is doing all it can to push the same message ahead of next month’s general
Venice Underwater: The Highest Tide in 50 Years

Venice Underwater: The Highest Tide in 50 Years

Stefano Mazzola / Awakening / Getty Yesterday, strong winds and rainstorms pushed water levels in Venice, Italy, to the second-highest levels ever recorded. The high-water mark hit 74 inches (187
Erdoğan Defies Trump. So Why Do They Get Along?

Erdoğan Defies Trump. So Why Do They Get Along?

He defied the United States repeatedly, bought Russian weapons, and assaulted American partners in Syria. Now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is headed to the White House for a meeting with
The Hong Kong Protesters Aren’t Driven by Hope

The Hong Kong Protesters Aren’t Driven by Hope

HONG KONG—For months now, I’ve been told that Hong Kong’s protests would end soon. They’ll end when school starts, I heard during the summer. School did start, but the protests wore on, only now I saw
The Slow-Boil Revolt

The Slow-Boil Revolt

Here is the unenviable calculation retired senior military officials must make in this politically unprecedented moment: Say nothing as norms shatter around you, and you’re implicitly enabling a
The Magic of Fall Colors

The Magic of Fall Colors

Muhammad Anuar bin Jamal / Shutterstock As the season progresses toward chillier days and nights, I thought it would be nice to take one last look at the colorful beauty of this autumn, seen in
The Date Hong Kong Protesters Can’t Escape

The Date Hong Kong Protesters Can’t Escape

HONG KONG—It was after one of the many pro-democracy protests here this year that the filmmaker Jevons Au, having been engulfed in tear gas, beaten with a police truncheon, and run for safety, began
Italy Has an Intolerance Problem. Does It Still Have a Moderate Right?

Italy Has an Intolerance Problem. Does It Still Have a Moderate Right?

ROME—When Liliana Segre, the face of Italy’s historical memory of the Holocaust, was named a senator for life last year, it was something of an honorary title for the 89-year-old grandmother. Segre,
Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Paul Schutzer / The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty In August 1961, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began erecting a barrier to prevent East Berliners and other Eastern-bloc citizens
The Lingering Trauma of Stasi Surveillance

The Lingering Trauma of Stasi Surveillance

BERLIN—It has been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but this group-therapy session for victims of the East German dictatorship still meets every two weeks. Seated at the table in a cozy
The World’s Worst Game of Risk Is Playing Out in Syria

The World’s Worst Game of Risk Is Playing Out in Syria

The U.S. pulled back. Turkey moved in. Kurdish forces retreated. The Syrian government gloated. Russia struck a deal and sent in more troops. More than 100 people died and more than 100,000 fled.All
Rory Stewart’s Lofty Aims

Rory Stewart’s Lofty Aims

Britain’s Parliament was formally dissolved [this week] to make way for next month’s general election. Though the election campaign has only just begun, dozens of lawmakers—including recent government
Photos of the Week: Airborne Giraffe, Horse Fascinator, Scottish Murmuration

Photos of the Week: Airborne Giraffe, Horse Fascinator, Scottish Murmuration

Cristopher Rogel Blanquet / Getty A camel in New York City, the biggest Catrina in the world, the European MTV Awards in Spain, flooding in South Sudan, saffron harvest in Iran, a parade for the
What Would It Take to Unify Korea? Germany Offers Lessons.

What Would It Take to Unify Korea? Germany Offers Lessons.

BERLIN—No one was really in charge the night of November 9, 1989. Thousands of Berliners had converged along the walls slicing through the center of the city, crowds with their own life force, lifting
The Coming Brexit Farce

The Coming Brexit Farce

If you thought a Boris Johnson victory would put an end to Britain’s Brexit crisis, spoiler: It won’t.The central thrust of Johnson’s election campaign is that, unlike the Labour Party, which wants to