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Recent articles by Adam:

Wuhan: The Chinese mega-city at the center of coronavirus outbreak

With its central location, Wuhan might be thought of as China’s Chicago — but its far bigger. → Read More

China’s ambassador to Sweden calls journalists critical of Beijing lightweight boxers facing a heavyweight

Gui Congyou, China’s ambassador to Sweden, was summoned Tuesday to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm. → Read More

Iran and its allies still claim, without proof, that scores of U.S. troops were killed in missile strike

In the aftermath of the Jan. 8 attacks, multiple outlets linked to the Iranian government made unsubstantiated claims that 80 U.S. military personnel were killed. → Read More

Iran’s supreme leader will lead Friday prayers for first time in eight years. In the past, he’s doubled down on hard-line rhetoric.

The last time Khamenei spoke at prayers, Iran was facing down sanctions from the Obama administration. → Read More

The U.S. citizens detained abroad whom Trump couldn’t free

The White House hasn't commented on the death of 54-year-old U.S. citizen Mustafa Kassem in an Egyptian prison. → Read More

After Iran air disaster, Ukraine’s president is again unwittingly entangled in an international rift

"We call on all international partners, especially the governments of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, to provide data and evidence relating to the disaster to the commission investigating the causes,” Zelensky said in a statement. The next day, Zelensky announced that his government had spoken to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “Data from the United States contains important… → Read More

Suspected shoot-down of passenger jet near Tehran mirrors 1988 Iran Air tragedy

The tragedy of Iran Air Flight 655 has fueled antipathy among many Iranians toward the United States for 32 years. → Read More

The U.S.-Iran shadow war is not over

The United States and Iran may have avoided all-out war, but the simmering conflict between them remains. → Read More

A timeline of the escalation in the Middle East

In May 2018, the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Throughout 2019, economic sanctions were imposed as part of President Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign,” further escalating tensions in the region. → Read More

The key word in U.S. justifications for the killing of Iranian general: ‘Imminent’

The Trump administration says the killing of Qasem Soleimani stopped an imminent attack. But what does it mean by imminent? → Read More

Why Iraq is at the center of the dispute between Iran and the United States

The siege at a U.S. Embassy in Baghdad shows Iraq's fraught position between Washington and Tehran. → Read More

Australia’s prime minister pledges to outlaw climate boycotts, arguing they threaten the economy

Scott Morrison said the protests, "apocalyptic in tone," have led to harassment of small-business owners. → Read More

Amid tension with Iran, U.S. Air Force shifts Middle East command center from Qatar to South Carolina

Commanders intended the 24-hour move to show the force’s agility. → Read More

How Trump talks to world leaders in private

Trump's call with Ukraine's president echoes the bluntness of the president's calls with other world leaders. → Read More

Boris Johnson and Trump: Whose day was worse?

The special relationship had a tough day in New York City. → Read More

Britain’s opposition party wants to ban private schools, citing ‘grotesque’ inequality

Private school assets must be “redistributed democratically and fairly,” Labour Party says. → Read More

For Saudi Arabia, an oil field attack was a disaster. For Russia, it’s a weapons sales pitch.

"The brilliant US air defense systems could not repel an attack," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Friday. → Read More

After oil field attacks, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman straddles line between victim and villain

Almost a year after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia retains little international sympathy. → Read More

For Trump, all foreign policy is a hostage negotiation

Robert O’Brien is no John Bolton, but he will face the same challenges posed by the Trump administration. → Read More

Billions spent on U.S. weapons didn’t protect Saudi Arabia’s most critical oil sites from a crippling attack

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has mocked the kingdom, suggesting it should have bought Russia's S-400 missile-defense system instead. → Read More