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Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 in an undated photo released on Feb. 13, 2017. Reuters/KCNA

Will North Korea sell its nuclear technology?

Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.
Trump talks tough at the U.N. General Assembly. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Trump speaks at the UN: 5 takeaways

The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations.
Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

Two genocide and mass atrocity prevention scholars argue Trump's response to the Charlottesville attack is a red flag.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State. Reuters/Sergio Perez

Striking in al-Ándalus: why Islamic State attacked Spain

The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in July in Germany. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive

U.S. President Donald Trump's insistence on being "himself" is doing substantial damage to the United States, both domestically and abroad. A former Clinton White House adviser on Russia weighs in.
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’ Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why a 2,500-year-old Hebrew poem still matters

Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Chilean peacekeepers prepare to depart Haiti, where hurricanes and unstable governance have become major threats to the peace and safety of the populace. United Nations Photo / flickr

Global series: Countries in combat

From Syria's civil war to women being traded as slaves on WhatsApp, this Global series brings together the past year's most-read conflict reporting, written by the world's top experts.
Iraqis celebrate the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State. Reuters/Wissm Al-Okili

Mosul is taken back, but Islamic State is not finished yet

While Islamic State might be taking significant blows, including the recapture of the key Iraqi city, there is no reason to expect the violent and radical group will disappear.
A brother and sister take shelter from aerial attacks in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Tragedy in the Nuba Mountains: hunger and starvation are constants

The world has turned its back on the Nuba people of Sudan. Despite the critical need for food, none of the organisations involved in helping people in dire need have attempted to deliver aid to them.
Sheen Ibrahim, Kurdish fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), walks together with other YPG fighters in Raqqa, Syria, June 16, 2017. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Is it ever a good idea to arm violent nonstate actors?

The US is doing so with increasing frequency around the world – most recently with Kurdish fighters in Syria. A scholar explains what can go wrong, and why this approach is likely to continue.
The much-anticipated meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump finally took place at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Reuters/Carlos Barria

When Trump met Putin, and how the Russian won the day

While the full details of the much-anticipated Trump-Putin meeting are not yet known, it appears Donald Trump gained little while conceding much.

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