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Austria

Oil Deal Marks New Era For OPEC

Oil prices surged today to $50 per barrel, after OPEC and Russia reached what the oil producing cartel described as “a historic agreement” in Vienna. Under the deal, their output will be reduced by...

Syria

Spotlight: The Stakes Of Aleppo

Turkey

What Divides Turkey And The EU Goes Deeper Than Politics

-OpEd- ISTANBUL — Over the years, as Turkey's European Union membership process stalled, I have seen plenty of blame on both sides. Ultimately, I never believed Turkey would become a full EU mem...

Ukraine

Sealing Chernobyl For Another 100 Years

It was the worst nuclear plant accident in history, measured in both casualties and cost. And though the death count paled in comparison to the more than 100,000 killed by the atomic bomb in Hirosh...

France

Spotlight: Fillonomics? In France, Free Market V. Far Right

He was the candidate she feared the most. Not only could he unify his own party, but he could siphon crucial votes from her conservative Catholic base. And now that François Fillon won yesterday’s ...

Cuba

Fidel Castro Dead At 90, Cuban Leader Defied U.S. For A Half-Century

HAVANA — Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's Communist revolution who ruled over the island nation in defiance of the United States for a half-century, died late Friday at the age of 90. Havana announce...

Turkey

Spotlight: Erdogan And EU, A Strongman And Weak Continent

Looking eastward from Western Europe, Turkey used to be seen as both a model of secular democracy in the Muslim world and a huge business opportunity. But longstanding hopes for Turkish entry into ...

France

Spotlight: It Takes Two To Tango In Europe

We first had “Merkozy,” a marriage of convenience between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy made to counter the European debt crisis. Then the pair was for...

United States

America And Us, Trump’s Victory Is Very Bad News For The World

With Donald Trump's arrival at the White House, America will enter the fifth phase in its relationship with the rest of the world. Despots have reason to cheer.

Germany

German Front Page: Merkel Morphs Into Kohl

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed her run for a fourth time, Berlin-based daily Die Tageszeitung opted for a notably creepy photo montage.

Iran

Trump And The Ayatollah

With the choice of controversial retired Gen. Michael Flynn to be White House National Security Advisor comes a new flurry of anticipation (and worry) that American foreign policy will be turned on...

Russia

International Justice Denied

Your daily update of the latest news from around the world, brought to you by Worldcrunch. To get it in your inbox each morning, sign up here. Is this the end of the road for the Inte...

Egypt

How A Trump Presidency Looks In The Middle East

The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States has prompted several reactions, with those who see his political ascension as the beginning of a new phase of political un...

Colombia

Post-Trump Crossroads: Deeper Democracy Or A Slide Toward Fascism?

People should not dismiss the meaning of a spate of shocking electoral results, for the world may be entering a period of democratic decline.

Germany

German Fears Of New "Axis Of Evil" — Trump, Putin, Erdogan

Not much is known for sure of Trump's foreign policy agenda, which is why Angela Merkel does not stop at the perfunctory congratulations to Donald Trump.

Argentina

What A Trump Or Clinton Victory Would Mean For Markets

While markets have already expressed short-term preferences for the respective U.S. presidential candidates, the long-term impact is harder to gauge.

France

Is Russia's New Cultural Center In Paris Used For Spying?

Since the inauguration of the Orthodox cathedral and the Russian cultural center in the French capital on Oct. 19, questions about the use of the site for more sinister purposes have been raised.

Israel

Jerusalem, Where Archeology Meets Religion And Politics

JERUSALEM — The pounding of the hammer resonates in Jerusalem. "They are in the process of constructing a synagogue," said the Israeli tour guide in front of the tunnel, which a......

Italy

Earthquake Risks, Italy Must Rise United From The Rubble

-Essay- NORCIA — Every tragedy has its symbol, a photograph, often, that sticks in people's minds and encapsulates with profound immediacy the raw experie......

Italy

How To Buy Antiquities Looted By ISIS From An Italian Mobster

In southern Italy, mob clans have entered into an unlikely alliance with the Islamic terror group, exchanging Kalashnikovs for ancient artifacts pillaged in war. One reporter went undercover lookin...

Brazil

In Beleaguered Haiti, Hurricane Devastation Hard To Gauge

LES CAYES — As you move through the Haitian cities that stood on Hurricane Matthew's destructive path, a disturbing question strikes you: What was