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Iraqi forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk during an operation on Oct. 16. (AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi-Kurdish Clash in Kirkuk Opens Door to More Iranian Influence

Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum sparked a showdown with Baghdad, leaving Washington fighting the Islamic State and Tehran taking advantage.

A distraught Rohingya boy seeks handouts near the Balukali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Sept. 20. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

For Years, U.N. Was Warned of Threat to Rohingya in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Muslim crackdown “has been decades in the making.”

China's President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 27, 2014. After a day devoted to multi-billion-dollar business deals, Chinese leader Xi Jinping trained his sights on culture and history today on the last day of his lavish visit to France. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Christian Hartmann        (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S. Retreats From World Organizations, China Steps in to Fill the Void

Beijing is trying to repurpose abandoned international agencies like UNESCO to serve its strategic interests — such as controlling the internet.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5:  Demonstrators march during a demonstration in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017 in Washington, DC.  DACA, an immigration policy passed by former President Barack Obama, allows certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors to receive renewable two-year deferred action from deportation and eligibility fork a work permit. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Will Republicans End Up Fixing Immigration After All?

Trump took aim at the Obama-era DACA program. Now, reform-minded conservatives are scrambling to find their own immigration solutions.

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Trump to Chart Hawkish Course on Iran

By telling Congress the nuclear deal is not in the U.S. interest, the White House is gambling on European help to roll back Iranian influence.

An image of an American flag stylized as a gun in Tehran, Iran.

Abandoning Iranian Nuclear Deal Could Lead to New Wave of Cyberattacks

If Trump walks away from the pact, Tehran could see “retribution against Western targets.”

ERBIL, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 21:  Kurdish people show their support for the upcoming referendum for independence of Kurdistan at a rally on September 21, 2017 in Erbil, Iraq. The Kurdish Regional government is preparing to hold the September 25, independence referendum despite strong objection from neighboring countries and the Iraqi government, which voted Tuesday to reject Kurdistan's referendum and authorized the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to take measures against the vote. Despite the mounting pressures Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani continues to campaign and state his determination to go ahead with the vote.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Baghdad Stops Flights to Erbil, Kurds Talk ‘Unilateral’ Independence

The war of words in Iraq is escalating, but Baghdad has not yet cut off oil exports or shifted troops.

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Did Madrid Score an Own Goal in the Catalan Referendum?

Spain’s heavy-handed response may have actually shored up support for Catalan independence.

A Yemeni boy (C) walks past a mural depicting a US drone and reading " Why did you kill my family" on December 13, 2013 in the capital Sanaa. A drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, mostly civilians, medical and security sources said, adding grist to mounting criticism of the US drone war.  AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Demand U.S. Withdrawal From Saudi-Led War in Yemen

Bipartisan bill proposes halting military assistance to air war in Yemen unless Congress votes on U.S. role.

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Kurdish Bid for Greater Sovereignty Sparks Backlash From Baghdad

After overwhelming “yes” vote on independence, Kurds remain defiant in the face of threats to close borders and choke exports.

People hold up placards to protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the resettlement of refugees and banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entry into the US, during a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on January 31, 2017.
Some 40 foreigners living in Japan participated in the rally, as a defiant US President Trump struggled to defuse a mounting backlash over his ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI        (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump to Cut Number of Refugees in U.S. by More Than Half

A long, contentious internal debate concludes with the lowest quota in almost 40 years.

Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Arbil on September 25, 2017 following a referendum on independence.
Iraq's Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions with Baghdad, threats from Turkey and fears of unrest. / AFP PHOTO / Safin HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence Over U.S. Objections

Erbil has plenty of backers in Washington. Just not for independence.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards drive a speedboat in front of an oil tanker during a ceremony to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the downing of Iran Air flight 655 by the US navy, at the port of Bandar Abbas on July 2, 2012. The plane was shot down by mistake over the Gulf by the US navy's guided missile cruiser, USS Vincennes, during confrontation with Iranian speedboats on July 3, 1988, killing 290 civilian passengers and crew members. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/GettyImages)

Trump Will Be Hard-Pressed to Get Allies to Stop Buying Iran’s Oil

Hawks want to reimpose the economic pressure Iran faced before the nuclear deal — but they probably won’t be able to.

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Voters Shatter Germany’s Centrist Politics

But that could actually be a good thing, ending “too much consensus.”

Yemeni children suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on August 12, 2017.
A cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of some 2,000 Yemenis in less than four months. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As Cholera-Wracked Yemen Starves, Saudis Paint Rosy Picture of Their Relief Efforts

Aid organizations, rights groups, and lawmakers have slammed Riyadh’s obstruction of aid deliveries.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first appearance at the General Assembly where he addressed threats from Iran and North Korea among other global concerns.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump’s Belligerent Talk on North Korea Rattles Turtle Bay

Talk of “destroying” Pyongyang has unsettled what was near-unanimity in reining in the Hermit Kingdom.

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 5:  Los Angeles police officers in hazard suits secure the scene in a "hazardous material hot area" after the explosion of a "dirty bomb" during a simulated attack at a dock at the Port of Los Angeles on August 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. In the drill's scenario, a "dirty bomb" smuggled into the port in a shipping container exploded as a bus was driving by, releasing a plume of radioactivity. More than 850 civilian and military personnel representing more than 60 government agencies, community based and private-sector organizations are participating in the terror response drill, "Determined Promise 2004."  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The Invisible Threat

As the Trump administration talks border walls and North Korean nukes, scientists are sounding the alarm on potential biological attacks.

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At U.N., Leaders Tell Tech Industry to Do More to Fight Terrorism

Online radicalization drives calls for a tougher crackdown on propaganda and encrypted messages.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Iran President Hassan Rouhani sits before addressing the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 28, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are playing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Efforts to Reopen Negotiations on Iran Nuclear Pact Fail

The president may be stuck for now with what he’s called “one the worst deals ever.”

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