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Mexico Braces for the Possible Collapse of Nafta

Mexico Braces for the Possible Collapse of Nafta

Harvesting chives in a field in the Mexican state of Baja California, near the United States border. About 80 percent of Mexican exports are to the United States, including produce.
Xi Jinping’s Marathon Speech: Five Takeaways

Xi Jinping’s Marathon Speech: Five Takeaways

President Xi Jinping of China delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.
China’s Economy Grew Steadily, Thanks to Loans and Homes

China’s Economy Grew Steadily, Thanks to Loans and Homes

Shoppers in Shanghai. Retail spending, housing sales and trade figures suggest an economy growing steadily under the guiding hand of the government.
China’s Economy Grew Steadily, Thanks to Loans and Homes

China’s Economy Grew Steadily, Thanks to Loans and Homes

Shoppers in Shanghai. Retail spending, housing sales and trade figures suggest an economy growing steadily under the guiding hand of the government.
China’s Reform Hopefuls Watch for Names. Only One May Matter.

China’s Reform Hopefuls Watch for Names. Only One May Matter.

The cultural hub of Guangzhou, China, is Haixinsha Asian Games Park, popular for strolling and shopping. The park is one of a number of recent projects that have helped give the city and surrounding
China’s Reform Hopefuls Watch for Names. Only One May Matter.

China’s Reform Hopefuls Watch for Names. Only One May Matter.

The cultural hub of Guangzhou, China, is Haixinsha Asian Games Park, popular for strolling and shopping. The park is one of a number of recent projects that have helped give the city and surrounding
Japan’s Young Workers Get a Lift, and Its Leaders Profit

Japan’s Young Workers Get a Lift, and Its Leaders Profit

Younger workers have benefited from Japan’s steady, albeit modest, economic growth. That was expected to help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s elections.
Japan’s Young Workers Get a Lift, and Its Leaders Profit

Japan’s Young Workers Get a Lift, and Its Leaders Profit

Younger workers have benefited from Japan’s steady, albeit modest, economic growth. That was expected to help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s elections.

Food Inequality in Venezuela: Dining Out

Venezuela's economic crisis has left more than 80 percent of its citizens in poverty. But some upper class pockets can still afford to eat out. Inside Casa Bistro, the chef explains how business
In China’s Coal Capital, Xi Jinping’s Dream Remains Elusive

In China’s Coal Capital, Xi Jinping’s Dream Remains Elusive

Solar panels outside the village of Xiaoyaotou, in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi, where the decline of coal has locals looking for new sources of income.
Iran Saps Strength of Revolutionary Guards With Arrests and Cutbacks

Iran Saps Strength of Revolutionary Guards With Arrests and Cutbacks

Missiles on display during Defense Week last month in Tehran, where the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps also unveiled Iran’s new Russian-made S-300 air defense system.
Iran Saps Strength of Revolutionary Guards With Arrests and Cutbacks

Iran Saps Strength of Revolutionary Guards With Arrests and Cutbacks

Missiles on display during Defense Week last month in Tehran, where the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps also unveiled Iran’s new Russian-made S-300 air defense system.
China’s New Antipollution Push Could Cool Its Growth Engine

China’s New Antipollution Push Could Cool Its Growth Engine

Fishing with a net near a coal-fired power station on the Huangpu River in Shanghai.
China Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought.’ What Does That Mean?

China Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought.’ What Does That Mean?

President Xi Jinping of China, center, speaking on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the party congress in Beijing.
China Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought,’ Elevating Leader to Mao-Like Status

China Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought,’ Elevating Leader to Mao-Like Status

President Xi Jinping of China, center, speaking on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the party congress in Beijing.
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Plan to Move Beyond Oil: Big Goals, Bigger Hurdles

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Plan to Move Beyond Oil: Big Goals, Bigger Hurdles

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second from right in foreground, arriving Tuesday at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia Is Open for Business, but Not Everybody’s Buying

Saudi Arabia Is Open for Business, but Not Everybody’s Buying

A demonstration of a robot dog at an investment conference this week in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia Is Open for Business, but Not Everybody’s Buying

Saudi Arabia Is Open for Business, but Not Everybody’s Buying

A demonstration of a robot dog at an investment conference this week in Riyadh.

How Catalan Separatists Pitched Independence

Fueled by economic discontent and a long-standing schism with Spain's conservative central government, Catalonia's separatists have tried pitching independent statehood as a fight for democracy
Xi Jinping Vows No Poverty in China by 2020. That Could Be Hard.

Xi Jinping Vows No Poverty in China by 2020. That Could Be Hard.

Li Chao carrying wood for his stove in Chashan, China. The farmer and his wife have no income and receive no aid from the government.