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Contempt for the messiah: The scandal behind Shinzo Abe’s murder

Sacred Nation

A messianic sect holds sway with Japan’s ruling party. The murder of ex-premier Shinzo Abe is forcing the country to reckon with this shadowy alliance.

In this June 12, 2018, file photo, US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, in Singapore. 

Political theater: Part II

Critical State
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Brazil’s evangelicals work with the US on a political mission

Sacred Nation
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Chinese students hit by US visa rejections amid tension

US-China relations
Visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, center, speaks during a meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Washington. 

Zelenskiy-Biden meeting signals ‘reassurance’ of ongoing US support to Ukraine, former Amb says

Global Politics
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Liberians hesitate to apply for permanent resident status in US over daunting process


Immigrant rights groups and attorneys are hoping for more outreach and education about the permanent residency program for Liberians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown wearing a blue suit and purple tie while pointing with his right hand.

NSA discloses hacking methods it says are used by Russia


US and British agencies disclosed on Thursday details of “brute force” methods they say have been used by Russian intelligence to try to break into the cloud services of hundreds of government agencies, energy companies and other organizations.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the US Capitol in Washington

Critics say Biden’s plan to combat domestic extremism repeats past mistakes


Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) was used to infiltrate Muslim American communities after the 9/11 attacks. Some say Joe Biden’s new plan after the Capitol Hill breach doesn’t do much better.

Students stand in a line in front of the US Supreme Court with signs that read "Home is here"

A new generation of DACA youth depends on Biden for support


DACA was introduced in 2012 by the Obama administration to protect undocumented youth from deportation.

Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi is shown standing at a podium with several dozen microphones.

Iran’s hard-line president-elect says he won’t meet Biden


Iran’s president-elect said Monday he would not meet with President Joe Biden or negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program.