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Can Russia back down in Ukraine?

Thich Nhat Hanh’s final mindfulness lesson: How to die peacefully

What the Doomsday Clock is really counting down to

Biden’s immigration polices have left Haitians stranded in Mexico

How to sponsor an Afghan refugee family

Even Tories are over Boris Johnson’s scandals after “Partygate”

The pipeline at the center of geopolitical drama

Nearly half the world’s kids are exposed to dangerous levels of lead

The West has a few bargaining chips to stop Russia from invading Ukraine

How protests in Kazakhstan could become a geopolitical crisis

The rehabilitation of Trump national security officials says a lot about Washington

The uncertain fight for Sudan’s democracy

The great population growth slowdown

Where have all the truck drivers gone?

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22 predictions we made in 2021, and the 13 we got right

Can US investment really ease Central America’s migrant crisis?

What happens when omicron hits China

Omicron collides with a struggling global vaccination campaign

Why the US is paying more for the military after the Afghanistan war is over

The Senate’s last-minute confirmation push, explained

A Christmas party scandal is roiling British politics

What the US’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics does — and doesn’t — mean

What South Africa is seeing in its omicron outbreak

Wait, is Russia going to invade Ukraine?

Germany’s new government has big plans. It might be a shock after Merkel.

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Israeli spyware was used against US diplomats in Uganda

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How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America

Inflation isn’t just a US thing

Sudan’s civilian prime minister is back. Here’s why thousands are still protesting.

India’s farmers confronted Modi and won. What happens now?

Is therapy the best way to make the world happier?

Why Biden is struggling to revive the US refugee program

The space debris problem is getting dangerous

Why Belarus is using migrants as a political weapon