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Disputes have put Afghan elections in jeopardy. Is the country's democracy also at risk?

In the wake of the debacle that was Afghanistan's 2014 national elections, elaborate efforts were made to avoid a repeat. But months from a planned parliamentary contest, the country's electoral reform is in disarray.

France's Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the U.S. absent

The One Planet' summit is seeking ways to achieve climate goals without a U.S. government role.

Australian lawmaker to resign amid allegations of Chinese meddling

A prominent opposition lawmaker pledged to quit over accusations that he was bought by Chinese money, the first casualty in Australia's push to curb China's growing influence in its political system.

Putin receives briefings on Trump's tweets, Kremlin says

Tillerson moves to change the narrative about him and stop rumors of a 'Rexit'

It is a tacit acknowledgment that the secretary of state's approach of limited engagement with employees, Congress and the media has only hurt him.

Military spending bill provision reduces deportation risk for immigrant recruits

A program designed to enlist skilled immigrants has struggled for months to muster in new troops after it was suspended last December.

France's Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the U.S. absent

The One Planet' summit sought ways to achieve global climate goals without a U.S. government role.

Warming of the Arctic is 'unprecedented over the last 1,500 years,' scientists say

The document appears to contradict some Trump administration statements on climate change.

Chinese daredevil plunged to his death while attempting to do pullups off a skyscraper

Chinese state media claimed a quest for 'likes' on live-streaming apps led to the man's fall.

France's Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the U.S. absent

The One Planet' summit is seeking ways to achieve global climate goals without a U.S. government role.

Federal authorities file terrorism charges against New York bombing suspect, say he taunted Trump first

Akayed Ullah, who is accused of detonating a pipe bomb in the New York City subway Monday, declared he acted on behalf of the Islamic State, authorities say.

Putin receives briefings on Trump's tweets, Kremlin says

But the Russian president does not have an account, according to his spokesman.

Disputes have put Afghan elections in jeopardy. Is the country's democracy also at risk?

Months from a planned parliamentary contest, Afghanistan's electoral reform is in disarray.

Australian lawmaker to resign amid global allegations of Chinese meddling

Concerns about China's covert influence are being felt from Canberra to Washington.

China claims a daredevil's quest for 'likes' led him to fall off a skyscraper

Wu Yongning had amassed a large social media following in China for his adventures in rooftopping,' or climbing tall buildings without safety gear.

Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas to open for the first time in decades

The move is part of a broader government push led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to relax social restrictions in the conservative kingdom.

Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin has played the role of sober and dependable partner, while President Trump has sparked outrage across the region, most recently with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

On visit to Syria, Putin leaves door open to continued military presence

Putin, who announced a drawdown of troops but said bases would remain open, has largely staked his legacy on Russia's revival as the dominant military power in its region and a counterweight to the West in the Middle East.

American soldier who defected to North Korea in 1965, dies at 77 in Japan

Army Sgt. Charles Jenkins spent almost four decades in North Korea before he was freed in 2004, two years after his wife, a Japanese citizen who had been abducted by the regime in 1978.

Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

Putin's whirlwind tour of the region is a sign of the times.

Hezbollah rally attracts thousands as Trump's Jerusalem fallout continues

During a march in Beirut — part of a wave of protests across the Arab world — demonstrators chanted, Death to America, death to Israel.'

WorldViews: Who supports Trump on Jerusalem? Europe's anti-Islam politicians.

On visit to Syria, Putin leaves door open to continued military presence

President Vladimir Putin, who announced a drawdown of troops but said bases would remain open, has largely staked his legacy on Russia's revival as the dominant military power in its region and as a counterweight to the West in the Middle East.

Charles Jenkins, American soldier who defected to North Korea, dies at 77

Jenkins had been living in Japan with his wife since being released in 2002.

North Korea's prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz

An inquiry found that North Korea's Kim has committed 10 of the 11 defined crimes against humanity.

Hezbollah rally attracts thousands as Trump's Jerusalem fallout continues

During a march in Beirut, protesters chanted Death to America, death to Israel.'

Hezbollah rally attracts thousands as Trump's Jerusalem fallout continues

Protesters chanted, Death to America, death to Israel,' during a march in Beirut.

A daredevil died doing pullups off a skyscraper in China

Wu Yongning had amassed a large social media following in China for his adventures in rooftopping,' or climbing tall buildings without safety gear.

Can Kim Jong Un control the weather? North Korea's state-run media says so.

The Korean Central News Agency is known for making claims about its leaders that vary from mild exaggeration to Chronicles of Narnia.'

To control crowds in Kashmir, police fired pellets. Now this 16-year-old will never see fully again.

Faisal was one of hundreds injured in what a U.N. representative called 'the first mass blinding in human history.'

An American inmate sawed his way out of a hellish Indonesian prison

Prison officials say Chrishan Beasley sawed through steel bars, shimmied down a rope and might have used a ladder to scale a wall of the notorious facility. The 32-year-old Californian was arrested for a drug offense this summer.

Who supports Trump on Jerusalem? Europe's anti-Islam politicians.

International leaders from Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands voiced support. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expects more nations to follow America's lead.

Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas to open for the first time in decades

The announcement is part of a broader government push to relax some social restrictions under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the strictly conservative kingdom.

Who supports Trump on Jerusalem? Europe's anti-Islam politicians.

Benjamin Netanyahu said he expects more nations to follow America's lead.

Putin makes first visit to Syria, lauds victory over ISIS and announces withdrawals

The Russian president said Moscow's naval and air bases in Syria would keep operating.

Global destruction 'is only one impulsive tantrum away,' antinuclear group's leader says

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, warns that we're one tantrum away from apocalypse. Tell us what you think about the current president of the United States — the man in charge of the nuclear football, the man with the launch codes — and ...

An American inmate sawed his way out of a hellish Indonesian prison

The Californian, locked up over a drug offense, might have sawed through bars, shimmied down a rope and used a ladder to scale a wall.

Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades

The opening of cinemas is part of a broader government push to relax some social restrictions in the strictly conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia says it will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades

The opening of cinemas is part of a broader government push to relax social restrictions.

Putin makes first visit to Syria, lauds victory over ISIS and announces withdrawals

The Russian president said its naval base and air base would keep operating.

Once a mighty political force, the Pakistan People's Party is struggling to make a comeback

On its 50th anniversary, the party looks to a young leader for an unlikely resurgence.

21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, with one of the alleged victims as young as 13.

The many casualties of Trump's Jerusalem decision

The president has helped kill a number of the myths that supported a failed peace process, and his announcement may give Palestinians clarity about the political battle ahead.

Lebanese security forces clash with protesters near U.S. Embassy in Beirut

What you can learn from watching North Korean soap operas

Television in North Korea offers a different window into the Hermit Kingdom.

The many casualties of Trump's Jerusalem move

Trump has helped kill a number of the myths that supported a failed peace process.

Venezuela's ruling party wins landslide victory in mayoral elections, Maduro says

Venezuela's ruling party wins landslide victory in mayoral elections, Maduro says

Vote gives the president strength ahead of next year's race, in which he is expected to run.

With foes absent, Venezuela's socialists to gain from local vote

Major opposition parties are boycotting the elections for 335 municipal mayors.

Corsican nationalists win regional elections, as another corner of Europe seeks its own path

The movement's leaders say that for now, they want autonomy from France, not independence. But the election results are likely to inspire a new wave of anti-Paris sentiment on the mountainous island.