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LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia

When Russia started drafting men to fight in Ukraine last fall, thousands fled to neighboring countries in Central Asia. The draft has been paused and some are returning home. But less so for members of the LGBTQ community, who say the government's increasing hostility has made Russia unsafe.

LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia
The book includes haunting photos from inside the ghetto, along with its record of the medical effects of starvation.

Warsaw Ghetto’s defiant Jewish doctors secretly documented the medical effects of Nazi starvation policies

Warsaw Ghetto’s defiant Jewish doctors secretly documented the medical effects of Nazi starvation policies
In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from Shams al-Shamal heads to the front line in Kobani, Syria. 

Random rules: Part II

Random rules: Part II
Denmark's military officers stand next to a Leopard 2A7 tank at the Tapa Military Camp, in Estonia, Jan. 19, 2023.

Tanks for Ukraine are 'ready to go' when Germany and US strike a deal, retired Navy Adm. says

Tanks for Ukraine are 'ready to go' when Germany and US strike a deal, retired Navy Adm. says
ship at port

How well is the grain deal working for Ukraine?

How well is the grain deal working for Ukraine?
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, President of the Supreme Court Rosa Weber, center right, are accompanied by governors and ministers for an inspection visit and support for the Supreme Court headquarters.

Brazilians rally behind Lula after violent rampage in Brasília 

The attack on Brazil's capital on Sunday rattled the entire country. But as the dust settles, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has consolidated even more support as political leaders denounce the attack in a rare moment of unity.

Brazilians rally behind Lula after violent rampage in Brasília 
The Pentagon is seen from Air Force One as it flies over Washington, March 2, 2022.

Ana Montes memorized classified US documents to leak to Cuban officials, author says

Ana Montes, who worked for the US defense department, was simultaneously spying for Cuban authorities. She's now been released after her 25-year prison sentence. Jim Popkin, who's written about her, shares her story with The World's host Marco Werman.

Ana Montes memorized classified US documents to leak to Cuban officials, author says
priests in church

Ukrainians celebrate Orthodox Christmas amid raging war 

Over the weekend, Orthodox Christians around the globe celebrated Christmas. In Russia and Ukraine, the holiday took place during a time of war between the two countries.

Ukrainians celebrate Orthodox Christmas amid raging war 
A banner with a picture of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail reads in Arabic "Karim Younis, the icon of patience and will, 35 years in captivity, for how long," in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Israel releases longest-serving Palestinian prisoner

Karim Younis spent a total of 40 years in Israeli prisons. The World's Carol Hills spoke with Khaled Elgindy, a Palestinian and Israeli affairs expert at the Middle East Institute, about the implications of his release.

Israel releases longest-serving Palestinian prisoner
soldiers running

Taiwanese young people have mixed feelings about increased military service 

Taiwan's president announced last week that mandatory military service for young people will increase from four months to a full year. There is substantial popular support for the move because of a rising threat from China, though among young people themselves, it’s more complicated.

Taiwanese young people have mixed feelings about increased military service 
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Philadelphia's Ukrainian diaspora puts a unique spin on holiday classic in solidarity with Ukraine

The Ukrainian community in Philadelphia is the second-largest in the United States. As members of the diaspora celebrated the holidays with a special Ukrainian version of “The Nutcracker,” they reflected on a year of worry and solidarity.

Philadelphia's Ukrainian diaspora puts a unique spin on holiday classic in solidarity with Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. The meeting raises new questions about the role Belarus may play in Russia's war against Ukraine.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting
Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 28, 2021

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia

Abrham Meareg, an Ethiopian researcher, said his father was killed last year after being targeted on social media. The lawsuit comes amid growing criticism that Facebook and other social media giants are not doing enough to stop hate speech and inciting language from spreading online across Africa.

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia
In this file photo taken Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, a Nigerian soldier patrols in an armored car, during Eid al-Fitr celebrations, in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Outsourced force: Part I

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, take a deep dive this week into reasons why a government might choose to outsource its violence.

Outsourced force: Part I
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These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.

About 40 members of a special, all-women Afghan platoon that worked alongside the US military barely made it out of Afghanistan last year. Now, they want to put their training to use even though they remain in a legal limbo. But that hasn’t stopped them learning English and getting an education. 

These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.