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Our democracy recession

Our democracy recession

Only 20 percent of the world’s population is “free”

Armed groups have abducted thousands of Nigerians in recent months. The government blames bandits, but international observers highlight religious motivation

Fighting and blockades keep aid from hundreds of thousands facing famine in Ethiopia

Plus: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily News closes, Ethiopia declares ceasefire in Tigray, Notre Dame reconstruction continues


Demonstrators decry the rising pandemic death toll

Iran’s new president casts a dark shadow over the effort to renew the nuclear deal

When Iran’s political leaders say ‘death to America,’ they’re not joking around