Becoming Besties

Western influence on the African continent has been waning in recent years, with many countries moving toward China and Russia, often after military coups have overthrown democratically elected leaders – for example, in Niger and Mali. Kenya, however, has been an outlier, a steady friend. As a...

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Loud and Clear

Far-right parties made major gains in the European Union’s parliamentary elections Sunday, dealing an especially humiliating defeat to French President Emmanuel Macron, who reacted by calling new elections in France for later this month, the Wall Street Journal reported. The early returns showed the National Rally garnering...

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Managing the Stage

Iran’s Guardian Council on Sunday approved six candidates to run in the country’s presidential election later this month, weeks after President Ebrahim Raisi and seven others died in a helicopter crash, Radio Free Europe reported. The candidates will include the conservative parliament speaker, Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf,...

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A Big Cousin

There once walked (and swam) a giant thunderbird in Australia, standing more than eight feet tall and weighing about 36 stone (504 lbs or 228 kg). Scientists had long thought the extinct animal, Genyornis newtoni, was an ancestor of emus and ostriches. But in the 1990s,...

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