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China's President Xi Jinping is in Moscow for a 3-day state visit with Russia's Putin
The meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin is expected to focus heavily on the war in Ukraine, and comes after a surprise weekend trip by Putin into Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia.
Young people in Greece are protesting in large numbers after last month's train crash
Young people throughout Greece have staged huge protests following last month's train crash near the city of Larissa which killed 57 people, many of them students.
20 years after the U.S. invasion, many young Iraqis say their lives were shaped by it
A look at life in Baghdad 20 years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Why the Mexican border city of Matamoros is under heavy scrutiny
A glimpse into life under the drug cartels in the Mexican border city of Matamoros — the scene of the recent kidnap and murder of some American tourists.
Facing some common threats, Japan and South Korea leaders meet to address them
The summit is the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders in 12 years. It heralds a potential thaw in ties, which is a boon for the U.S. government.
As Pakistan authorities tried to arrest ex-Prime Minster Khan, clashes erupt
Pakistani police scuffled with supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday as officers arrived outside his home to arrest him for failing to appear in court on graft charges.
NPR investigates Russia's notorious 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade
The 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade has been blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths even before the invasion of Ukraine. The brigade's former headquarters has been tracked to a liberated region of Ukraine.
Why Bolivia and Colombia want coca leaf, cocaine's main ingredient, legalized
Two of the world's biggest cocaine suppliers, Colombia and Bolivia, want the U.N. to remove the coca leaf from its list of dangerous drugs. They argue the leaf has many uses unrelated to narcotics.
How an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran could affect U.S. influence
An agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume diplomatic relations is being assessed for its regional impact as well as how it could affect U.S. influence in the Middle East.
Inside the emerald mines that make Colombia a global giant of the green gem
NPR ventures into a Colombian emerald mine — which used to be more dangerous, with potential explosions inside and gunfights outside. The CEO, a former U.S. diplomat, says he wanted to change that.
Columnist explains what U.S. national security groups are getting wrong about China
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to former U.S. trade official and columnist David Rothkopf, about whether there a bipartisan consensus in Congress that the U.S. must be tough on China?
A scandal in Brazil involves an ex-president, jewels and the Saudi government
A scandal is unfolding in Brazil over millions of dollars in jewels that the Saudi government gave to former President Jair Bolsonaro.
International institutions are protesting Tunisia's racist crackdown on migrants
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Erin Clare Brown of New Lines Magazine about Tunisia's government crackdown on Sub-Saharan migrants.
French unions vow to bring the country to a standstill to protest pension reforms
Unions are upping the ante in ongoing strikes against bitterly contested pension reform plans in France, with no prearranged end date and workers set to strike across multiple sectors.
China's annual session of parliament, National People's Congress, is underway
China is holding its annual "two sessions", which will reshuffle leaders in top government jobs at a time of big challenges.