Full story - August 28, 2020
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe reacts during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Aug. 28, 2020.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe ended weeks of speculation about the state of his health by announcing his surprise resignation on Friday.
Full story - August 27, 2020
Two people standing in a dry area in front of a wildfire
Since last summer’s bushfire crisis in Australia, there’s been a quantum shift in public awareness of Aboriginal fire management. It’s now more widely understood that Indigenous people used landscape burning to sustain biodiversity and suppress large bushfires.
Full story - August 25, 2020
A crowd carries two caskets.
The pandemic worsened but did not create this problem: Latin America has long been among the world’s deadliest places to be a woman.
Full story - August 21, 2020
A single protestor holds up an old Belarusian national flag standing in front of a wall of officers holding large riot shields.
President Alexander Lukashenka of Belarus has stayed in power for 26 years by being a master tactician. But he has seriously mishandled opposition protests, says a Belarus-born scholar of Eastern European politics.
Full story - August 20, 2020
President Xi Jinping of China makes a toast with VP Joe Biden
How would Joe Biden engage a world upended by Trump? A diplomacy expert explains what Biden's history says about his foreign policy priorities, and looks to a long history in public service for clues.
Full story - August 14, 2020
Two men walk on a street surrounded by hills. One man is riding a donkey and the other is walking alongside two cows.
The Zapotec people of southern Mexico have always relied on each other to solve problems when the government can't, or won't, help. That's proving to be a pretty effective pandemic response.
Full story - August 13, 2020
Douglas Carrasquell of the organization Make the Road New York holds documents as he attends a training meeting about National Census in Queens on March 13, 2020 in New York City
An accurate census requires good data in and good data out. With the 2020 census, the US has unprecedented challenges with both, from the ill-timed pandemic and from new rules designed to keep data anonymous.
Full story - February 27, 2020
A photo of papers
The US Census Bureau is hoping that most people who live in the US will use the internet to answer census questions, rather than filling out a paper form or providing those answers to a census taker in person, at their home. But collecting data online carries some significant risks that are new to the census and may undermine the accuracy of the count and the public’s trust in the process.
Full story - February 26, 2020
Edward Jenner, vaccinating his young child, held by Mrs. Jenner; a maid rolls up her sleeve, a man stands outside holding a cow. Coloured engraving by C. Manigaud after E Hamman.
Social media has undoubtedly changed the way information about vaccination is engaged with. But the media-driven nature of the debate isn’t actually that new. When vaccination began at the end of the 18th century, it quickly became fodder for commentators.
Full story - February 24, 2020
US President Donald Trump walks out from the the White House in Washington before his departure to India, Feb. 23, 2020.
Earlier this year, as 300 days passed without a formal briefing, a bipartisan group of past administration press secretaries called for restoration of the daily briefings.

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