Darjeeling is nestled amid lush tea gardens and overlooking the snow-capped Himalayas in India’s northeast. But landscapes like these pose challenges while conducting elections.

What it takes to pull off the world’s largest election in India


Election officials spread out across India to set up voting booths in some of its most remote corners of the country. It’s to ensure, by law, that no voter is farther than 1.25 miles from a polling station. Poll workers haul precious cargo — braving extreme weather and difficult terrain — to make sure everyone votes.

Liz Truss arrives at Conservative Central Office in Westminster after winning the Conservative Party leadership contest in London

Liz Truss becomes Britain’s new prime minister

A man passes by a wall displaying an urban art project in the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, Romania, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. 

‘The best is yet to come’: Thousands of Bulgarians return home during pandemic

Free Peru party presidential candidate Pedro Castillo, from left, daughter Alondra, son Arnold and wife Lilia Paredes, pray before eating breakfast, in their home in Chugur, Peru, April 16, 2021. Castillo, a rural teacher, who has proposed rewriting Peru'

Peru polarized by two social conservatives in presidential runoff

People gather in front of a theater for an outdoor performance.

In France, artists occupy theaters with a strong message: ‘Reopen culture’ 

A person holds a vial of a vaccine dose wearing blue gloves

EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 vaccines

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In today’s Top of the World: EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 vaccines; A massive ship get stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking the vital route; Israeli election results show a razor-sharp margin for Netanyahu, who lacks the 61-seat majority to clinch it.

Tony Blinken is shown wearing a blue suit and tie while speaking with Joe Biden wearing a face mask in the distance.

Senate begins Biden cabinet hearings; Mexico urges US immigration policy reform; American woman allegedly steals Pelosi laptop for Russian intelligence

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On inauguration eve, President-elect Joe Biden’s top national security cabinet picks are set for Senate approval hearings Tuesday.

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

How Trump’s ‘dangerous state of mind’ in wake of Capitol riot could harm US national security

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The breaching of the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Wednesday could have serious implications for US relations with China, Russia and Iran, says Michèle Flournoy, a US defense policy expert.

A child is passed over a border wall to the arms of a man wearing jeans, a red cap and tan sweatshirt.

The pain of family separations is still being felt. What could Biden do? 


Since 2017, more than 5,500 children have been separated due to Trump administration policies — and thousands still remain in limbo. Biden has said that on his first day in office, he’ll create a federal task force to reunite separated families.

A man in a suit stands at a podium near red and white Turkish flag.

French teacher’s murder widens France-Turkey rift over secularism


As France mourns a beloved teacher murdered after showing controversial cartoons in class, a diplomatic rift between Europe and the Muslim world over secularism and religious freedom is widening.