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Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stand guard outside the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in November 2017. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Can the Trump Administration Help an Israeli Held by Hamas?

The family says it’s not about politics. But might politics help them?

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 9 in Beijing, China. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

How Jared Kushner’s Newspaper Became a Favorite Outlet for WikiLeaks Election Hacks

The New York Observer, owned by Trump’s son-in-law, was a friendly outlet for the 2016 Russian hackers.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter, Donald Cook, Carney, and Ross at Naval Station Rota, Spain on June 13. (U.S. Navy)

Navy Is Still Searching For A Plan To Reach A 355-Ship Fleet

It’s been over a year since Trump promised dozens more warships.

Russia ambassador Vassily Nebenzia vetoes Syria chemical weapons resolution on October 24, 2017. (Timothy Clary/ AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Vetoes U.N. Effort to Finger Those Responsible for Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

Nikki Haley warns U.S. is prepared to use military to enforce prohibition on Syrian chemical weapons use.

A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2.
(Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

With Trump Focused on North Korea, Beijing Sails Ahead in South China Sea

China is starting to dictate terms in one of the world’s strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.

A military aide carries the "nuclear football" on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25 in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Congress Questions Trump’s Exclusive Hold on the Nuclear Football

In an extraordinary hearing, lawmakers plan to review presidential powers to launch a nuclear strike.

82nd Airborne Division soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on May 25, 2014. (U.S. Army)

In Break From Obama, Trump Embedding More U.S. Forces With Afghan Combat Units

Several years after pulling back, American troops will head outside the wire to battle the Taliban and turn up the air war.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed speaks at the U.N. in February. (Devra Berkowitz/U.N. Photo)

New Allegations Challenge the Environment Record of Top U.N. Official

Environmental group claims Amina J. Mohammed authorized illegal exports of endangered rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.

Drugs seized by Syrian police in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the ‘Jihadi Drug’ Moving Out of Syria?

The DEA says Captagon production is shifting back to Europe. Experts are doubtful.

President Donald Trump after a meeting at the Pentagon on July 20. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Here Comes the Trump Pentagon — Finally

After months of infighting and Senate holds, top Defense Department posts are slated to move forward.

Iraqi security forces launch a rocket toward Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Fishkhabour. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Why the Fight for Fishkhabour Is So Important for Iraqi Kurds

A month after its independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing its economic future threatened.

The US State Department  in Washington, DC. (Nicholas KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Taps Pence Associate to Run Foreign Service

Critics fear Trump administration will politicize diplomatic corps with unprecedented pick.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot prepares for a flight at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on February 1, 2016. (U.S. Air Force)

The Private Air Force Preparing U.S. Pilots for the Next War

For years, the U.S. military secretly flew Russian aircraft. Now it needs a cheaper option.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves a briefing on North Korea at the State Department on Aug. 22, 2017 (Brendan Smialowski   /AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Scraps Sanctions Office

The Trump administration was three weeks late on a Russia sanctions deadline. But it’s killed the office that coordinates them.

A Ukrainian military drill takes place in Oct. 2017. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Expects Trump to Approve Arms Deliveries

Ukrainian lawmakers are optimistic that the White House will give the green light for long-sought weapons.

Saudi King Salman, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attend a meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Council in Riyadh on Oct. 22. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Notches Rare Diplomatic Win With Saudis and Iraq

After decades of tension and years of U.S. prodding, Riyadh and Baghdad are mending fences.

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