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Meghan Bartlett

Articles by Meghan Bartlett

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has seen his popularity plummet in Venezuela to below 25 percent amid food and goods shortages and rising crime.

Venezuela's leftist government on defensive ahead of vote

The leftist political juggernaut established by late populist President Hugo Chavez could face the stiffest challenge to its 17-year rule in Venezuela as opposition parties hold a sizable lead in the polls ahead of Sunday's congressional elections, which could undercut the power base of Chavez protege President Nicolas Maduro. Published December 3, 2015

Two pro-democracy foundations launched by U.S. billionaire businessman George Soros have been officially banned by the Russian government. (Associated Press)

George Soros-funded groups targeted in Russian NGO crackdown

Two pro-democracy foundations launched by liberal U.S. billionaire businessman George Soros have been officially banned by the Russian government, the Kremlin said Monday, which charged that the groups pose a threat to Russian national security and public order. Published November 30, 2015

Peanut grower Armond Morris examines peanuts ready for harvest at his Irwinville, Ga., farm. (Associated Press)

U.S. peanut growers hope to crack new markets with Pacific trade deal

They won't be the biggest interest group at the table, but U.S. peanut growers are salivating at the prospects of new markets and consumers as the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations weigh the fate of the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. Published November 25, 2015

Willie Nelson performed after being presented with the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (Associated Press)

Gershwin goes country

Willie Nelson, the ponytailed composer of such classics as "Crazy" and "On the Road Again," this week became the first country star to win the Gershwin Popular Song Prize, joining the ranks of such previous winners as Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Published November 19, 2015

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the U.N. Academic Impact Seoul Forum in Seoul on May 20, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.N. chief Ban will not visit North Korea

Ending days of intense speculation, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will not be visiting North Korea next week, the world body said in a statement late Tuesday, denying a South Korean news agency report that Mr. Ban would be traveling to Pyongyang. Published November 18, 2015

Umbrellas are out in force as pedestrians walk through the rain along San Fernando Street, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in downtown San Jose, Calif. The first winter-like storm of the season brought rain and snow to California on Monday, triggering traffic accidents including a 20-vehicle crash in the southern San Joaquin Valley. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Pessimism growing in America, survey finds

Anxiety about terrorism, crime and divisions over racial and political discrimination are contributing to a growing pessimism among Americans, according to a sweeping new survey of national values released Tuesday. Published November 17, 2015

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrives for the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. The 2015 G-20 Leaders Summit is held near the Turkish Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya on Nov. 15-16, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

U.N. mum about possible Ban visit to Pyongyang

United Nations officials on Monday were giving no details on reports that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a path-breaking visit to North Korea as soon as this week, amid rising speculation over what could be on the agenda. Published November 16, 2015

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by supporters upon arrival at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

U.S. urged to use leverage as Myanmar opposition nears power

The U.S. has a critical role to play with Myanmar's new leadership as the country tries to consolidate its political gains after the democratic opposition's apparent sweeping victory in Sunday's national elections, analysts said Thursday. Published November 12, 2015

Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and their children Ella-Grace, Hadrien and Xavier lead the new Liberal cabinet to Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Trudeau has been sworn in as Canada's next prime minister, following in the footsteps of his storied father. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada begins a new era as Trudeau, Liberal government take power

Justin Trudeau, son of an influential former premier, was sworn in as Canada's 23rd prime minister Wednesday morning, just weeks after his center-left Liberal Party swept to power by ending a nearly decadelong government led by Conservative Stephen Harper. Published November 4, 2015

Rep. Chris Smith, New Jersey Republican (Associated Press)

House presses administration to highlight religious persecutors

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern at what they said was the low priority the Obama administration is giving religious freedom and human rights in international agreements, at a time when persecution and violence against minority faiths are on the rise around the world. Published October 27, 2015

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a news conference at  Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Maduro last week closed a major crossing between Venezuela and Colombia and declared a state of emergency in several western cities after three army officers were shot and wounded by gunmen he said belonged to paramilitary gangs operating from Colombia.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Outside observers vital to fair Venezuela vote, opposition groups warn

Leading members of Venezuela's opposition and human rights activists said Thursday that international pressure and monitoring are vital to ensure the government of President Nicolas Maduro allows free and fair elections in December's parliamentary vote. Published October 22, 2015

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani PM pitches for U.S. investment on Washington trip

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif appealed Wednesday for more investment by U.S. companies in Pakistan as well as more access to U.S. markets, in his speech during his luncheon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Published October 21, 2015

"Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years. Well, I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians. We're back," Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau told global allies. (The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

As Canada's next prime minister, Justin Trudeau promises better relations with U.S.

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau took his first congratulatory call from a foreign leader, President Obama, on Tuesday as the young Liberal Party leader and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said a top priority of his majority would be to mend relations with the U.S. that were strained at times under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Published October 20, 2015

Stephen Harper hopes his Conservatives can fend off challenges so he can be the first Canadian prime minister in over a century to win four straight elections. (Associated Press)

After a decade of Stephen Harper, Canada may be ready for a change

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Conservative leader who has governed the traditionally center-left nation for nearly a decade, is fighting an uphill battle to keep his job as the country wraps up an unusually fractious campaign with Monday's national vote. Published October 18, 2015