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The Coronavirus in One Photo

September 17, 2020
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A pint of Guinness. A half-eaten meal. And an alarm clock.

They sit on a table in front of an older man. He gazes out the window of a pub in Galway, Ireland. The photo has come to capture the nation...


The “Big Deal” in the Middle East

August 27, 2020
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Image courtesy of The Guardian

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) announced they would recognize each other. This means that full diplomatic relations will take place. This includes opening embassies and the sending of Ambassadors to each of the countries.


Is China Headed Toward a Food Shortage?

August 25, 2020
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A sign asking people not to waste food on a restaurant table. Chinese hosts often order dishes to show their hospitality. Photo Credit: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

There are two main reasons why people do not have enough food to eat. One,...

Why Do They Migrate? Corruption, Crime, Climate, and Clashes

August 18, 2020
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Migrants landing in Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea. Photo Credit: Aris Messinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

What does it take for people to set out on a journey to another country? Why will people face an unknown future? The...

Democracy—In China and Hong Kong

August 13, 2020
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The city of Hong Kong.

There was a time when smart people thought China would become a country like the United States. The idea was that their economy would grow. China would be like a Western nation. Our system of elections...

If You Think the U.S. is Bad, Try Being a Muslim in India or a Hindu in Pakistan

August 6, 2020
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Indians watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking part in a Hindu religious ritual
during a groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram Temple in New Delhi Photo Credit: Prakash Singh/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.


What is happening in India? Events show it wants to...

Guyana: To Be Rich and Ethnically Split

August 4, 2020
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Lining up at a polling station in central Guyana on election day. Photo Credit: Adriana Loureiro Fernandez for The New York Times.

Guyana is a country on the east coast of South America. It has a population of three-quarters of a million people....

Planet of the Apes, Thailand Style

July 28, 2020
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A monkey crossing the road in Lopburi, Thailand. Photo Credit: Adam Dean for The New York Times.

They are smart. They know how to steal. They know how to find food. They know how to intimidate. Who are they? They...


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