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Lithuania, Leery of Moscow, Spars With Belarus Over Nuclear Reactor

Lithuania, Leery of Moscow, Spars With Belarus Over Nuclear Reactor

Fearing the Kremlin’s grand design, and another nuclear disaster, Vilnius has turned a power plant into a battleground.
For Uzbeks, Radicalization Often Begins Abroad

For Uzbeks, Radicalization Often Begins Abroad

The Islamic State has ramped up its Russian-language recruitment.
Saudi Arabia Is Betting Its Future on a Desert Megacity

Saudi Arabia Is Betting Its Future on a Desert Megacity

Can Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans jumpstart social and economic reform, or are they an expensive miscalculation?
Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.
Japan Knows How to Pet the Donald

Japan Knows How to Pet the Donald

Japan is out in front in the race for Trump’s affections on his Asia tour.
The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.
Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime

Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime

As the kingdom experiences momentous change, women are keenly aware that the weight of history is on their shoulders.
Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Most countries love engagement and attention from the U.S. president. But Taiwan has been burned before.
The Saudis Go for Broke Against Iran

The Saudis Go for Broke Against Iran

Riyadh and its allies are aiming to use their financial leverage to remake the Arab world — but their strategy could just as easily backfire.
A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?
Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.
Israel Isn’t Going to Fight Saudi Arabia’s Wars

Israel Isn’t Going to Fight Saudi Arabia’s Wars

Don't expect Benjamin Netanyahu to put Israeli soldiers in harm's way in Lebanon on Mohammed bin Salman's say-so.
Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.
Saudi Arabia Is Freeing a New Batch of Former Gitmo Detainees

Saudi Arabia Is Freeing a New Batch of Former Gitmo Detainees

And the Trump administration isn't happy.
Donald Trump Has Been Torture for Foreign Correspondents in Russia

Donald Trump Has Been Torture for Foreign Correspondents in Russia

The Russia stories everyone wants aren’t the ones people in Russia can provide.
Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid

Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid

The IOC’s unprecedented ban on Russia for sports doping feeds his narrative of a nation under siege.
Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support

Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support

Under the guise of fighting a "war on terrorism," Cairo is cracking down on organizations that shed light on its abuses.
Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.
‘Fake News’ Fights Back

‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.
The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.