December 13, 2018

World

China’s most famous actress received a zero rating in China’s Orwellian social credit system. Now she’s gone missing.

"If ever two leaders wanted the world to see their 'bromance', it's Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping… But beneath the warmth, some analysts believe long-held mutual suspicions remain."

Yesterday was the anniversary of Al Qaeda's devastating September 11th attacks. Seventeen years later, how has Al Qaeda managed to survive the War on Terror?

India has officially decriminalized homosexuality. The long-awaited repeal of the British Colonial-era law sheds light on the political divisions at work in the increasingly polarized Indian society.

Months after Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shared their historic handshake, it seems that neither of them has done much to follow up on their agreement to move towards denuclearization. Here's why Trump shouldn't give up on North Korea just yet.

A number of escalating conflicts in the Middle East, such as Assad’s attacks on Idlib and Iran’s continuing creep into Iraq, threaten to further destabilize the region. Will America get involved?

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