BERLIN — When Angela Merkel became chancellor 16 years ago, George W. Bush was in the White House and Tony Blair was prime minister of Britain. There was no Twitter and no iPhone. Liberal democracy was in seemingly irreversible expansion, with the Orange Revolution having swept Ukraine. On Wednesday, asContinue Reading

MEXICO CITY — The Honduras opposition candidate, Xiomara Castro, inched closer to an astounding presidential victory on Monday morning, promising a new era of democratic inclusion in a nation where despair has driven hundreds of thousands to the U.S. border seeking refuge in recent years. Ms. Castro, 62, held aContinue Reading

Olaf Scholz is expected to lead a new “traffic light” coalition between the Social Democrats, the Free Democrats and the Green Party. Following long negotiations between the three German political parties and the historic election of Angela Merkel’s resignation 16 years later, a left-wing Olaf Scholz, proposed by the nextContinue Reading

In 2018, Mr. Trump skipped a visit to a veterans cemetery further outside of Paris. In 2020, Mr. Trump denied a report in The Atlantic that he had mocked that cemetery as “filled with losers.” On Thursday, Ms. Harris will attend an Armistice Day ceremony with Mr. Macron and deliverContinue Reading

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government advanced plans on Wednesday to build more than 3,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, in the first move of its kind since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett succeeded Benjamin Netanyahu in June. A defense ministry planning committee approved the construction of 3,130 newContinue Reading

The skeletons move across a barren landscape toward the few helpless and terrified people still living. The scene, imagined in a mid-16th-century painting, “The Triumph of Death” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, illuminated the psychic impact of the bubonic plague. It was a terror that lingered even as the diseaseContinue Reading