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As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible

As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, center, in Budapest last year during a swearing-in ceremony of new border police officers.

Amid Tensions, Mattis Arrives in China to ‘Have a Conversation’

Amid Tensions, Mattis Arrives in China to ‘Have a Conversation’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arriving Tuesday in Beijing, where he is to meet with President Xi Jinping. Later this week he is scheduled to travel to South Korea and Japan.

For Some in Tunisia, Ramadan Is a Test of Personal Freedom

For Some in Tunisia, Ramadan Is a Test of Personal Freedom

A protest against rules forbidding most restaurants and cafes from opening during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Tunis last month.

Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Delivers Christmas Message to Britons

Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Delivers Christmas Message to Britons

Abdullah Kurdi, a Syrian refugee whose son drowned off Turkey this year, recorded a holiday message for Britain's Channel 4.

How the E.U.’s Migrant Crisis Reached the Streets of Brussels

How the E.U.’s Migrant Crisis Reached the Streets of Brussels

Migrants in Maximilian Park in Brussels last year. The Belgian government has ordered police raids on informal camps and homeless shelters.

Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Yemen After Attack on Port

Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Yemen After Attack on Port

Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition gathered near the outskirts of the western port city of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, on Tuesday.

Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack

Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack

Afghan firefighters work at the scene of a suicide bomb attack, in Jalalabad on Sunday.

To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control

To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control

M., who was kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery and raped repeatedly by fighters with the Islamic State, wept as she prepared to leave for Germany in January under a resettlement program. She was in a camp for internally displaced Yazidis near Dohuk, Iraq.

Was a Scientist’s Death Murder or an ‘Act of Mercy’?

Was a Scientist’s Death Murder or an ‘Act of Mercy’?

Mary E. White, an environmental scientist, who died in Bundanoon, Australia, in early August. Her daughter, Barbara Eckersley, has been charged with her murder in a case that has stirred debate about euthanasia.

Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants

Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants

Jérôme Hamon, left, the first person to receive two full-face transplants, with Dr. Laurent Lantieri at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.

Germaine Greer Stirs Furor With Call for Lighter Rape Penalty

Germaine Greer Stirs Furor With Call for Lighter Rape Penalty

Germaine Greer’s speech at the Hays festival has stirred controversy.

Will Tourism Ruin the Rainbow Mountain of Peru?

Will Tourism Ruin the Rainbow Mountain of Peru?

The Rainbow Mountain in southeastern Peru has become a must-see attraction. But environmentalists fear damage to the remote landscape.

Murder Mystery in Ancient Monastery Reverberates in Coptic Church

Murder Mystery in Ancient Monastery Reverberates in Coptic Church

A monk entering a cell at the Monastery of St. Pishoy, a few miles from where a bishop was killed.

Unearthed in Rome’s New Subway: Extinct Elephants and Persian Peach Pits

Unearthed in Rome’s New Subway: Extinct Elephants and Persian Peach Pits

The excavation site of what will be the last stop along Rome’s new subway line, at the Forum. The stop was moved from its original location at Piazza Venezia after important artifacts were discovered.

Taiwan’s President, Defying Xi Jinping, Calls Unification Offer ‘Impossible’

Taiwan’s President, Defying Xi Jinping, Calls Unification Offer ‘Impossible’

President Tsai Ing-wen’s tough response to China this week has caused a groundswell of support for her in Taiwan.

Amid Kremlin Victories, Putin Fails to Persuade West on Russian Sanctions

Amid Kremlin Victories, Putin Fails to Persuade West on Russian Sanctions

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has yet to translate divisions in the West into fewer sanctions against his nation.


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