Andrea Dudik
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico speaks during a news conference, before a shooting incident where he was wounded, in Handlova, Slovakia, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
May 16, 2024
Shooting of Slovak premier brutally exposes political divide
Robert Fico's attempted assassination underscores not only the nation’s ongoing political tensions but also Europe's polarization.
Rescuers clear debris from a multistory building heavily damaged following a drone strike, in Odessa, Ukraine, on March 3.
Mar 10, 2024
The $1 trillion race to rebuild Ukraine is slowly getting going
Firms are boosting their presence in Ukraine, in anticipation of the conflict's end — and the biggest investment opportunity since at least World War II.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomes Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi to a ceremony in Kyiv on Aug. 24 last year.
Feb 3, 2024
The most popular man in Ukraine has become a problem for Zelenskyy
Two years into the war, setbacks on the battlefield have soured Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi's relationship with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in Budapest on Nov. 18, after he was re-elected leader at the congress of the governing right-wing Fidesz party.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 23, 2023
Inside Viktor Orban’s $1 billion academy for future nationalists
The academy has become a training ground for the next generation of Orban disciples to ensure the nationalist forces are replenished.
Slovaks will vote on Sept. 30 in a tight election that polls show could deliver an unlikely comeback for Robert Fico.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 25, 2023
Russia may be about to get a new friendly leader in Europe
Slovaks will vote on Sept. 30 in a tight election, and former Prime Minister Robert Fico has tapped into concerns over the fallout from the Ukraine war.
The far-right Confederation Liberty and Independence party rally against measures imposed by the Polish government to stem the spread of COVID-19, in Warsaw in October 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 18, 2023
The far right is advancing in a vulnerable Europe again
Disruptors in far-right political parties are taking advantage of resentment born out of COVID-19, a cost-of-living crisis and the war in Ukraine.
A residential compound near the Orlen refinery on the outskirts of Plock, Poland
WORLD / Society
Aug 28, 2023
After weaponizing immigrants, Europe’s east finds it needs them
Economic reality has caught up with some of the most vitriolic anti-immigrant rhetoric on the continent.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2022
Zelenskyy urges U.S. Congress to help Ukraine turn the corner in war
Zelenskyy told lawmakers in the House of Representatives chamber that he hoped they would continue to support Ukraine on a bipartisan basis.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2021
What happens when you provoke Putin’s strongman in Belarus
Hope of change among some Belarusians has been gradually yet fiercely snuffed out.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2021
China helps Serbia get ahead on vaccines as Europe faces delays
Serbia's history of balancing its geopolitical interests is paying off at a critical time.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan