At G-20, Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Activists Fight Over Kingdom’s Image

As the summit’s host, the kingdom hopes to showcase its advances, while critics see an opportunity to pounce. But the virtual event will have a lower profile.

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After Trump’s Embrace, Saudis Brace for a Chillier Tone From Biden

Saudi Arabia’s leaders counted on President Trump’s unwavering support, but President-elect Biden has vowed to take away the kingdom’s “dangerous blank check.”

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Al Qaeda’s Abu Muhammad al-Masri Secretly Killed in Iran

Israeli agents shot Abu Muhammad al-Masri on the streets of Tehran at the behest of the U.S., officials said, but no one — Iran, Al Qaeda, the U.S. or Israel — has publicly acknowledged the killing.

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John Hinckley Can Publicly Display His Artwork, Judge Rules

The man who shot President Ronald Reagan said he wanted to “make money from my music and art.”

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Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Killing

The fiancée of the slain Washington Post journalist sued Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to learn more about the 2018 killing.

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Eitan Haber, Rabin Aide and Israeli Wordsmith, Dies at 80

Mr. Haber moved between journalism and service to the prime minister whose death he announced to the nation.

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Navalny Poisoning: E.U. Preparing Sanctions on Putin Allies

Six high-ranking Russian officials who are believed to be involved in the attack on the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny face asset freezes and bans on travel to the bloc.

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Man Charged With Murder on Behalf of Russia On Trial in Berlin

German prosecutors accused the defendant of the killing of a former Chechen commander at a time when Berlin is losing patience with Moscow.

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Our Leader’s Life Is at Risk. Cue the Conspiracy Theories.

Poisons, plots and psychic powers — why is the president’s health such fertile ground for the paranoid imagination?

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Nerve Agent Was Used to Poison Navalny, Chemical Weapons Body Confirms

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons concluded that the nerve agent was used against the Russian opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, bolstering similar assessments from three European countries.

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Did the U.S. Try to Assassinate Lenin in 1918?

In “The Lenin Plot” Barnes Carr tells the mostly unknown story of America’s intervention in the earliest days of the Soviet Union.

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After ‘The Salisbury Poisonings,’ Locals Picked Up the Pieces

A new AMC show dramatizes the 2018 poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Even for a reporter who covered the real events, the four episodes contain revelations.

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To Beat Trump, Mock Him

The lesson from pro-democracy fighters abroad: Humor deflates authoritarian rulers.

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Russia Freezes Navalny’s Assets as He Recovers From Poisoning

Aleksei A. Navalny was still in a medically induced coma in Berlin when a court in Russia froze his bank accounts and barred him from selling or mortgaging his apartment in Moscow.

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Aleksei Navalny Released From Hospital After Novichok Poisoning

Doctors treating Alexei Navalny said he had been discharged after 32 days of treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Vladimir Putin Thinks He Can Get Away With Anything

Why has the poisoning of Alexei Navalny been met with Western silence?

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Dissident, Says He Can Walk and Speak Now

The opposition leader jokes that he has recovered enough from being poisoned to scroll Instagram and know where to put the likes.

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Shares Video of Evidence Collection

Aides of the Russian opposition leader collected items from his hotel room in Siberia as soon as he fell ill, according to a video posted on his Instagram account.

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Navalny Posts a Message From His Hospital Bed

The poisoned Russian opposition leader said he could breathe on his own now, but was still weakened.

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France and Sweden Confirm Novichok Poisoning of Navalny, Backing Germany

The evidence that Moscow attempted to murder Russia’s most visible opposition politician hardens. But for now, Germany and its allies are still struggling to respond.

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Saudi Court Issues Final Verdicts in Khashoggi Killing

The sentences, of up to 20 years in prison, were issued months after one of Jamal Khashoggi’s sons said he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed him.

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Aleksei Navalny Out of a Coma and Responsive, German Doctors Say

Doctors at Berlin’s Charité hospital said that the Russian opposition leader’s condition had improved, but they could not rule out lasting effects of a “severe poisoning” from a military-grade nerve agent.

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Congress Should Pass a Navalny Act

The latest poisoning of a Russian critic requires expanded sanctions and accountability for Kremlin leadership.

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Russia Spins Alternative Theories in Poisoning of Navalny

As they have in the past when Russia was accused of misconduct, officials and state media commentators responded to news of a nerve agent attack with an array of improbable explanations.

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What Is Novichok, the Nerve Agent Tied to Navalny Poisoning?

For decades, scientists, spies and chemical weapons specialists have known about and feared the lethal substance.

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What Is Novichok?

For decades, scientists, spies and chemical weapons specialists have known about and feared the lethal substance.

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Germany Says Poisoning Agent Novichok Found in Aleksei Navalny’s System

The German government said that toxicology tests showed the Russian opposition leader had Novichok, a nerve agent that has been used to poison other Russian dissidents, in his system.

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For the Kremlin, Aleksei Navalny Is a Threat It Cannot Speak Of

President Vladimir V. Putin has never publicly mentioned the opposition leader’s name in 20 years of speeches and interviews. Why? He is “completely out of their control,” which is intolerable, one analyst says.

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The Terrible Déjà Vu of the Navalny Case

As a founding member of the activist band Pussy Riot, I’ve fought for years against autocracy. My country has only slid deeper.

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Russia Rejects Calls for Navalny Poisoning Investigation

The Kremlin’s spokesman said there was no need to investigate because it had not yet been proven that the opposition leader was poisoned.

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With Delay in Afghan Peace Talks, a Creeping Sense of ‘Siege’ Around Kabul

Instead of mass-casualty attacks, the Taliban are carrying out targeted assaults in the capital and neighboring districts. The country’s security forces seem unable to control them.

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Another Putin Critic Apparently Poisoned

Will the West take action against whoever may have harmed Aleksei Navalny?

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Why Would Russia Poison Aleksei Navalny Now?

The unchanging leader of the regime is Mr. Putin; the unchanging leader of the opposition is Mr. Navalny. But everything changes.

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Court Set to Issue Hariri Assassination Verdicts, but Few Expect Justice

Four men were tried in absentia in the Netherlands, accused of carrying out the 2005 bombing that killed Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon.

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As Lebanon Reels, Long-Awaited Hariri Assassination Verdicts Loom

A U.N.-backed court will soon pronounce verdicts in a 15-year-old bombing in Beirut that roiled the Middle East. But critics say the court’s protracted deliberations and huge expense have undermined its original purpose.

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Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him

Saad Aljabri, a former top intelligence official, filed suit in Washington alleging that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team of agents to Canada to kill him.

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Killing of Security Analyst Seen as Message to Iraqi Government

The analyst, Hisham al-Hashimi, was a proponent of government efforts to rein in the Islamic State and Iraq’s Shiite militias. Suspicion fell on both groups.

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Trial of 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi Killing Opens in Turkey

Supporters of the slain journalist expressed hope that the proceedings would offer a chance for justice. The defendants are to be tried in absentia.

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Where the Powerful Can Kill the Weak, as Long as They Pay

The Quran introduced blood money as a path to “mercy” and to end tribal conflicts — not as impunity for the rich.

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Mexico Police Chief Shot in Possible Assassination Attempt

The attackers shot the head of police three times, and killed three people, in an attack that may signal a new front in the battle between security forces and organized crime in the capital.

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Prague Says Ricin Plot Was a Hoax, and Moves to Expel 2 Russians

Prime Minister Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic said a feud between employees of the Russian Embassy had led to “made-up information about a planned attack on Czech politicians.”

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