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Greek Cypriots protest at the Deryneia crossing point on Oct. 8, after Turkish troops reopened part of the historic city of Verosha.

How a Beach in Northern Cyprus Could Derail Peace Talks

The move to reopen a public beachfront, backed by Turkey, comes amid escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

A group of illegal gold panners work beside a pond in southern Ghana, on April 10, 2017.

Africa Is Losing $90 Billion Annually to Illicit Finance

Stolen funds undermine public spending on health care, education, and infrastructure, a U.N. report finds.

Belarusian servicemen block a street during an opposition rally against the disputed presidential election results in Minsk on Aug. 30, 2020.

Lukashenko Puts Troops on High Alert

The tense move in Belarus comes as the U.N. special rapporteur warns that “another iron curtain” could descend in Europe.

Supporters of the CNSP (National Committee for the Salvation of the People) take part in a rally on Independence Square in Bamako, on Sept. 8, following a call for a gathering to support the role of the army in Mali's transition phase.

Mali Looks for Path Back to Democracy After Coup

Proposals would see the ruling junta appoint a new leader for a two-year transition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a statement on Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny's case on Sept. 2 in Berlin, Germany. Navalny has been treated  in Berlin since Aug. 22.

Could Navalny’s Poisoning Spell the End for Nord Stream 2?

Calls grow for Angela Merkel to halt the controversial Russian gas pipeline.

A nurse talks with mothers in Kaijiado, Kenya on July 11, 2018, after the launch of a five-day polio vaccination campaign in high-risk counties.

Africa Is Officially Polio-Free

The continent has largely eradicated wild polio, the crowning achievement of a massive, globally coordinated public health effort.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrives for a press conference at the presidential hangar of the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City on July 27.

Far-Reaching Corruption Probe Could Boost López Obrador’s Faltering Fortunes

Three former presidents have been named in Mexico’s biggest graft investigation in recent history.

A man walks by the main entrance to the city on March 8, 2018 in Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique.

Mozambique’s Growing Insurgency Takes Strategic Port

While the Islamic State-linked militants may not hold on to Mocimboa da Praia, the attack underscores their growing sophistication.

A man reads a local newspaper covering the results of Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections in Colombo on Aug. 7.

The Rajapaksas Win in a Landslide in Sri Lanka

Parliamentary elections on Thursday cemented the family’s hold on power, amid warnings that human rights will suffer as a result.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31 in Harare.

Zimbabwe Cracks Down on Protests as Economy Crumbles

With inflation running at 700 percent, the pandemic has left an already weak state on the brink.

People protest at the Main Square in Krakow, Poland, during a rally of solidarity with political prisoners in Belarus on July 3.

In Belarus, an Unlikely Trio Challenges Lukashenko

The president’s sixth term in office is all but guaranteed, but an unexpected groundswell of support for the opposition has exposed his unpopularity.

Two staff members of Doctors Without Borders wear protective masks during an emergency response training.

The International Aid Sector Faces a Reckoning

Doctors Without Borders staff are pushing back against institutional racism, reflecting a growing debate in the aid community over the legacies of colonialism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shows his passport to an electoral commissioner as he arrives at a Moscow polling station to cast his ballot in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms on July 1, 2020.

Putin’s Russia Gets Voters’ Rubber Stamp

This week’s constitutional referendum gives the long-serving president the veneer of legitimacy needed to hold on to power through 2036.

A general view shows the Saddle Dam, part of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba, Ethiopia, on December 26, 2019.

The Clock Is Ticking on Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute

Ethiopian officials say they will start filling Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam next month, but they haven’t reached a deal with the countries downstream.

A fighter loyal to the U.N.-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord prays in an expression of gratitude in the Qasr bin Ghashir district south of Tripoli, Libya, on June 4 after the GNA regained full control of Tripoli from the rival forces of military leader Khalifa Haftar.

Russia and Turkey’s Proxy War in Libya Heats Up

The oil-rich African nation is in danger of becoming the next Syria.

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