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Recent articles by Rick:

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

Trump’s attack on lightbulbs echoes a common theme among the European far right

Long before Trump railed against them at rallies, Europe’s far right turned lightbulbs into a hotly debated political topic. → Read More

What’s behind the surprise Russian government shake-up?

After Dmitry Medvedev resigned as prime minister Wednesday, Putin offered the post to the head of the Russian tax service. → Read More

The resignations of several Iranian state journalists deal blow to Tehran’s ability to control narrative

One journalist apologized to the Iranian people for “having lied to you on Iranian TV for 13 years." → Read More

Boris Johnson wants Britons to pay $650,000 for Big Ben to bong for Brexit

“We’re looking at whether the public can fund it," Johnson told the BBC. → Read More

Here’s what might happen if the U.S. were to suddenly quit Iraq

We asked five analysts who focus on the region to weigh in. → Read More

After the Boeing crash near Tehran, who will investigate?

Similar crashes in the past have compelled U.S. foes to overcome their resentments. This time, the odds appear to be stacked against U.S. investigators. → Read More

The disturbing history behind Trump’s threat to target Iranian cultural sites

“Targeting civilians and cultural sites is what terrorists do. It’s a war crime,” tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. → Read More

The world is likely to get a new youngest government leader. He’s a familiar face.

A political experiment in Austria could become a model for other countries across Europe. → Read More

Why Australia’s prime minister just defended coal, even though the country is ‘on fire’ and voters fear climate change

Despite concerns over climate change, Australians rebuffed more ambitious climate-action targets earlier this year. → Read More

How other nations try to avoid the partisanship that would probably accompany Trump’s trial in the Senate

In the United States, impeachment appears to be deepening party divides. Elsewhere, it has strengthened political systems. → Read More

The numbers that help explain why protests are rocking countries around the world

With protests roiling a growing number of nations, we explain what drives the anger in five countries. → Read More

How the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize fits a global pattern

Once geographically uniform, the Nobel Peace Prize is now truly global. → Read More

Why Ukraine’s Zelensky isn’t taking more heat for his fawning call with Trump

“It’s a kind of embarrassment in the diplomatic sphere, but then again, if you engage with Trump you have to expect embarrassment," one analyst said. → Read More

Trump impeachment proceedings trigger caution, and a little schadenfreude, overseas

Pressure on the president at home may force him to seek a quick foreign-policy achievement, some say. But it’s unlikely to have any effect on the trade dispute with China. → Read More

Within only one month, Boris Johnson lost control — and a historic Supreme Court battle

The British Supreme Court delivered the most stinging rebuke to date to Johnson and his advisers on Tuesday. → Read More

After Thomas Cook collapse, U.K. launches largest peacetime repatriation operation

The effort, dubbed Operation Matterhorn, is expected to bring 150,000 travelers back to Britain and cost more than $120 million. → Read More