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Past articles by Kim:

Haiti needs foreign troops to help with a gang-related crisis, the top U.S. diplomat said in a trip to the region

The U.S. has not offered to lead a security mission to Haiti, partly because of its history of failed interventions there. → Read More

What are the peace plans for Ukraine? The Vatican, China and Ukraine itself have ideas. Will any work?

Sixteen months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the number of peace plans, initiatives and offers of mediation from third parties is increasing. What doesn't appear to be expanding is Ukraine's appetite to consider them. → Read More

U.S.-Iran pact: Trump destroyed it. Biden wants to restore it. Just don't call it a deal

The Biden administration has long promised to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. It's getting closer. This is what it means. → Read More

At least a year younger on paper: South Korea makes changes to age-counting law

South Korean formally abandoned some traditional methods for determining a person's age and replaced it with the international standard. → Read More

'No space for discrimination': India's leader claims government doesn't have a human rights problem

The Biden administration has sought to court India as a trade and military partner to counter China's growing assertiveness on the world stage. → Read More

Got an image problem? Buy a sports team or invest in a league like PGA-LIV. These Arab countries did

Using sports as a tool to draw positive attention to a country's reputation is not a new tactic. Some Arab nations have been taking it to new heights. → Read More

An age-old (and old age) problem: Amid French strikes, is retirement better in America

President Emmanuel Macron recently forced through a plan to raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64. → Read More

'Wild fantasies': Russian fighter mocks Kremlin war claims as Ukrainians advance. Live updates

The leader of the mercenary Wagner Group dismissed claims by the Russian Defense Ministry that its troops killed more than 1,500 Ukrainian troops. → Read More

Where it's a crime to be gay: A visual guide to where LGBTQ rights are repressed

Uganda enacted one of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world. See where sexual and gender minority rights are criminalized. → Read More

'Make Turkey great again': Erdogan, who Biden calls an 'autocrat,' popular ahead of election runoff

After two decades in power, Turkey's all-powerful leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have the upper hand in a presidential election runoff Sunday. → Read More

Confusion as Ukraine's Zelenskyy appears to confirm loss of Bakhmut

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy walked back comments Sunday that appeared to confirm Russian claims that its forces captured the besieged city of Bakhmut. → Read More

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy to travel thousands of miles to Japan to attend G-7 meeting

Ukraine's leader will attend a summit of the world’s most powerful democracies, a trip that marks one of the farthest distances he's traveled from Ukraine since Russia's invasion. → Read More

Biden backs international plan to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16s

Biden's support for training Ukrainian pilots on U.S.-made F-16s could signal that the U.S. is close to approving arming Ukraine with the aircraft. → Read More

At King Charles III's coronation, these dogs stole the show

While King Charles III was being crowned at Westminster Abbey, dozens of spaniels who share his name paraded down King's Road. → Read More

Wagner mercenary group boss threatens to pull paramilitary troops from Bakhmut

Russia's Wagner mercenary group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin threatened to pull his troops out of Bakhmut, Ukraine next week due to an ammo shortage. → Read More

Blinken, Lavrov said to meet for first time since Russia's invasion of Ukraine

The meeting was the first between Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine a year ago. → Read More

Joe Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine ahead of Russian invasion anniversary

President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Monday ahead of the anniversary of Russia's invasion of the country. → Read More

Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warns nation over 'profound economic crisis'

Rishi Sunak officially took over as British prime minister on Tuesday. He said there are 'difficult decisions' on the economy to come. → Read More

Rishi Sunak completes comeback, becomes Britain's first prime minister of color

Britain selects its fifth prime minister in six years. Four British leaders have resigned since the 2016 vote to leave the European Union. → Read More

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns after six weeks in office

Liz Truss lasted 44 days in office, the shortest ever for a British prime minister. → Read More