Global evacuation crisis tests the State Department — and the patience of Congress

The effort to bring home Americans stranded overseas has created a rare unity of purpose among Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

U.S. indictment of Maduro casts new uncertainty over Venezuela’s political crisis

The U.S. move against the Venezuelan leader has clouded talk of a truce in Caracas.
Destruction at Karbala airport March 13 in the Iraqi shrine city, one of the areas targeted by U.S. airstrikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq after two Americans and a Briton died in a rocket attack. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)
Destruction at Karbala airport March 13 in the Iraqi shrine city, one of the areas targeted by U.S. airstrikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq after two Americans and a Briton died in a rocket attack. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Militia attacks on Americans in Iraq are becoming more audacious. The U.S. is wrestling with how to respond.

U.S. officials say they get reports almost every day about "imminent" attacks on military and diplomatic targets.
Observations from Dublin, Moscow, Sweden and Germany.
The United States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases after surpassing China’s reported total.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began in China, new cases have been confirmed in more than 100 countries, with thousands of cases reported in South Korea, Italy and Iran and hundreds in the United States.
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New Jersey is second only to New York in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, underscoring how easily the disease leaps and spreads across state lines.
The nationwide restrictions have vaporized incomes, compelling laborers to leave cities on foot.
Some of the world’s most sacred sites are closed by the coronavirus.
Initial message on the website was “not as clear as it might have been,” a State Department spokesman acknowledges.
Johnson said he has mild symptoms and would continue to lead his government’s response.
South Africa has tested widely, found the most cases and taken the strictest measures in Africa
Neighbors are alarmed as Belarus’s authoritarian leader Lukashenko dismisses covid-19 as a collective “psychosis”
New indictments against the Venezuelan leader are just one part of a broader campaign that began before the coronavirus, experts say.
For some, social distancing mean home workouts and more time in their backyards. Elsewhere, it means confining a family of four in shoebox apartments, crippling loneliness and devastating loss of income.
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In a parallel universe — one absent the atmospherics of Trump’s trade war and Xi’s ruthless authoritarian consolidation of power — the two countries could have found common cause.
Governments around the world announced new measures as the pandemic's toll continued to increase.
Would-be criminals seem to be staying home as covid-19 cases soar, NYPD data show.
The move marks a dramatic escalation in the Trump administration’s bid to force the authoritarian socialist from power.
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Pakistan’s foreign ministry says that China has sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies to help with the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in the nation of 220 million people
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Authorities have sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India’s capital to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world’s largest coronavirus lockdown
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The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy are almost unrecognizable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets — the flimsy battle armor that is their only barrier to contagion
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As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the Middle East, cherished traditions are coming to an abrupt halt: No more massive weddings and celebrations
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