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Recent articles by Rick:

What we know about ammonium nitrate, the chemical compound linked to the Beirut explosions

Despite warnings over the stockpile’s volatile nature, its remained in storage for years amid a metropolitan area with a population of more than 2 million. → Read More

What we know about the Beirut explosions

Authorities are investigating the blasts, which reduced a section of the city to rubble. → Read More

In the 75 years since Hiroshima, nuclear testing killed untold thousands

In the decades since 1945, the United States, the Soviet Union and at least six other countries set off a total of more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions. → Read More

Spain’s former king fled the country, but where in the world did he go?

Spanish papers said Juan Carlos, 82, was in the Dominican Republic. But the Dominican foreign minister said he hadn't entered the country. → Read More

A fight over nude swimming marks return of pre-coronavirus banalities in Europe

People have rushed to reclaim a sense of normalcy. → Read More

Polish President Duda and challenger Trzaskowski in tight race amid high turnout

If reelected, Duda could help Poland’s right-wing ruling party to continue its hard-line policies. → Read More

Warsaw’s mayor is energizing Poland’s opposition. A presidential win would be a big blow to Europe’s populists.

Poland’s ruling party has been rebuked for its hard-line policies. The opposition promises a return to the European fold. → Read More

In countries keeping the coronavirus at bay, experts watch U.S. case numbers with alarm

Commentators and experts in Europe, where cases have continued to decline, voiced concerns over the state of the U.S. response. → Read More

For some world leaders, popularity grows along with coronavirus case numbers

The coronavirus pandemic has put world leaders to the test. → Read More

The coronavirus has brought back border barriers in Europe, dividing couples, families and communities

When Thomas Schütz, of Saarbrücken, Germany, wanted to visit France, all he had to do is step outside his house. In March, that changed. → Read More

Nations credited with fast response to coronavirus moving to gradually reopen businesses

Germany, South Korea and others seeing infections level off, are loosening restrictions. → Read More

After Trump suspends payments to WHO, other countries rally behind the agency

Even U.S. allies rejected Trump’s move and vowed to keep funding the health organization. → Read More

Mask-clad Xi Jinping emerges from conspicuous absence to visit coronavirus ‘front line’

Keeping a low profile may no longer be a viable option for the Chinese leader. → Read More

Ireland’s left-wing nationalist Sinn Fein party surges in historic but inconclusive election

Exit polls and early tallies showed the party tied with or ahead of the two center-right parties that have dominated Irish politics for nearly a century. → Read More

What impeachment? Proceedings against Trump captivate Washington but bore Europeans.

On front pages and newscasts across the continent, the Senate trial received little attention throughout the week. → Read More

Why the Polish president boycotted the Jerusalem event commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz

Poland's Duda was not granted the opportunity to speak at the event, whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin was. The two leaders have recently clashed over World War II history. → Read More

New bans in China are the latest step in a global ‘war on plastic’

Some nations have resorted to hefty fines or even prison sentences to curb plastic waste. → Read More

As Trump lashes out at ‘prophets of doom’ in Davos, Greta Thunberg calls for climate action

The world, Thunberg said on Tuesday, needs to “treat this crisis with the importance it deserves.” → Read More

Norway’s prime minister loses majority after authorities repatriate Islamic State suspect and her children from Syria

The Norwegian government's crisis was among the most dramatic political ramifications of a dilemma many European governments are facing. → Read More

Now that Trump has a trade deal with China, some Europeans fear he will focus his trade threats on them

“I’m afraid that we’re going into a very difficult 2020,” a German economist said of U.S.-E.U. trade ties. → Read More