Beijing’s Buddhist diplomacy depends on controlling the Tibetan leader’s next reincarnation

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Erik Prince has moved beyond mercenary armies. His next project is mining minerals in Congo and Afghanistan to help power electric cars. It’s unlikely to help conflict-ridden countries — and could harm them.

A Congolese man digs through mine waste searching for left over cobalt. May 31, 2015. Photo: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images


Can the mighty Communist Party win the hearts of China’s youth, or will the 2D world lure them into Japan’s clutches?

Visitors line up in front of billboards showing anime characters during the 14th Ani-Com and Games exhibition in Hong Kong on July 27, 2012. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images


Scenes from Switzerland’s annual gathering of the rich and clueless

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The U.S. State Department is working to stand up a new cybersecurity bureau, but it’s hobbled by debates with lawmakers on its purpose and mandate

Exercises on cyberwarfare and security are seen taking place during the NATO CWIX interoperability exercise on 22 June, 2017 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images


Apple’s former security chief explains why he took a job with the ACLU

A billboard advertising Apple’s iPhone security is displayed during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 7. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images


With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up — and they have won some significant victories

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018. Photo: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images


The United Kingdom is facing a generational crisis and adults are nowhere to be found in Parliament

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the House of Commons towards the House of Lords in London on June 21, 2017. Photo: Kristy Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images


Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore — and that’s bad news for everyone

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Diplomacy is working — for now

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