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China’s Moon Landing: Lunar Rover Begins Its Exploration

China’s Moon Landing: Lunar Rover Begins Its Exploration

The launch of the Chang’e 4 lunar probe in December. It has reached the far side of the moon, but some Chinese question whether the money was well spent.

Are Video Games Olympic Material? Some Boosters Say Yes

Are Video Games Olympic Material? Some Boosters Say Yes

The Indonesian e-sports team competing Tuesday at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Can South Korea’s Leader Turn an Olympic Truce Into a Lasting Peace?

Can South Korea’s Leader Turn an Olympic Truce Into a Lasting Peace?

Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state of North Korea, and Kim Yo-jong, sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, looking on behind President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, during the Olympic opening ceremony on Feb. 9.

Tiny Islands Make for Big Tensions Between Greece and Turkey

Tiny Islands Make for Big Tensions Between Greece and Turkey

Kastellorizo, which belongs to Greece, lies just a mile off the south coast of Turkey. Such islands give Greece the right to potentially exploit energy resources in the seabed nearby, which Turkey says is unfair.

With Ships and Missiles, China Is Ready to Challenge U.S. Navy in Pacific

With Ships and Missiles, China Is Ready to Challenge U.S. Navy in Pacific

China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, at sea in April. First launched by the Soviet Union in 1988, it was sold for $20 million to a Chinese investor who said it would become a floating casino, though he was in reality acting on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.

China Moves to Let Xi Stay in Power by Abolishing Term Limit

China Moves to Let Xi Stay in Power by Abolishing Term Limit

President Xi Jinping of China at the Communist Party congress in Beijing last October. Current law restricts the president to two terms.

As Ireland Joins Europe’s Sprint From Catholic Fold, Francis Looks South

As Ireland Joins Europe’s Sprint From Catholic Fold, Francis Looks South

Pope Francis at the Vatican last week. The challenge for Francis is to keep the present decline of the church in Europe from becoming a preview of its future in South America and Africa.

66 Feared Dead After Iran Plane Crash

66 Feared Dead After Iran Plane Crash

Distraught relatives of passengers of the crashed Aseman Airline flight gathered at the Mehr-Abad Airport in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday.

How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran’s Protests

How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran’s Protests

Exchange rates posted on a store window on Thursday in Tehran's financial district.

He’s 9, a Chess Prodigy and Must Leave the U.K., Officials Say

He’s 9, a Chess Prodigy and Must Leave the U.K., Officials Say

Shreyas Royal, 9, playing the first ceremonial move for Magnus Carlsen, center, and Vishy Anand at a chess tournament in London in 2017.

‘Furnace Friday:’ Ill-Equipped for Heat, Britain Has a Meltdown

‘Furnace Friday:’ Ill-Equipped for Heat, Britain Has a Meltdown

Visitors to Hyde Park in London this week. “Lush parks all parched and yellow,” one Briton noted amid a long heat wave.

Taiwan Plans Sculpture Honoring Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel-Winning Activist

Taiwan Plans Sculpture Honoring Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel-Winning Activist

Mourning the democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo in Taipei, Taiwan, last July.

John Oliver, Having Mocked Chinese Censorship, Is Censored in China

John Oliver, Having Mocked Chinese Censorship, Is Censored in China

John Oliver’s name became a banned term on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, after he devoted a 20-minute segment to China on “Last Week Tonight.”

Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy

Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy

A worker hung flags next to the entrance to the American Consulate in Jerusalem last week.

A Litany of Grievances: How Turkish-American Relations Deteriorated

A Litany of Grievances: How Turkish-American Relations Deteriorated

The American pastor Andrew Brunson was put under house arrest in Turkey after being released from prison last month.

Israel’s Clash With Iran and Syria: 5 Takeaways

Israel’s Clash With Iran and Syria: 5 Takeaways

Israeli soldiers inspecting the site where an Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed on Saturday, returning from a mission over Syria.


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