Autocratsâ Quandary: You Canât Arrest a Virus
The worldâs strongmen are reverting to their standard playbook to project an aura of control. Itâs a risky strategy for a chaotic crisis.
âThe Fields Heal Everyoneâ: Post-Soviet Leadersâ Coronavirus Denial
The heads of several former Soviet republics have persisted in playing down the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, with some also promoting unproven folk remedies.
A Methane Leak, Seen From Space, Proves to Be Far Larger Than Thought
The findings mark a step forward in using space technology to detect leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas sites worldwide.
A Desperate Battle, and a Victory for Now, at a Remote Afghan Outpost
Struggling Afghan forces took three northern districts from the Taliban. But the cost was high, and troops depend on American airstrikes to hold on.
Taliban Capture About 150 Afghan Soldiers After Chase Into Turkmenistan
The neighboring country forced the troops back across the border, officials said, in what is believed to be the biggest setback for the Afghan security forces since a Taliban offensive in August.
100 Afghan Soldiers Said to Flee Across Border, Chased by Taliban
To escape an assault, the government troops crossed the border into Turkmenistan. Defenders said the district had mostly fallen under Taliban control.
Clinton Envy, Mandela and a Horse: Glimpses From the U.K. Archives
Notes, memos and diplomatic cables detailing the workings of the British state were released from the National Archives.
Russia and 4 Other Nations Settle Decades-long Dispute Over Caspian Sea
The five states with shorelines on the Caspian Sea agreed on a formula to divide up the worldâs largest inland body of water, potentially clearing the way for oil and gas development.
Turkmenistanâs Leader Mocked Over Gun-Toting Video
He wanted to show his proficiency with guns and knives, but opponents recut government propaganda with scenes from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
John Kerry Confronts Human Rights as He Zips Through Central Asia
The secretary of stateâs four-day tour of the five âStansâ of the former Soviet Union has been an experiment in both power-balancing and sleep deprivation.
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