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Top War Crimes Diplomat Stepping Down

Stephen Rapp was passionately devoted to human rights, but he has struggled to get the Obama administration to live up to its own ideals.

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Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Top U.S. diplomat warns E.U. ambassadors that Security Council action on Palestine will embolden Israeli hardliners

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Rewriting Syria's War

An influential, unpublished report looks to radically revise notions of how to achieve peace in this war-torn country.

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A Reformer in Name Only

Washington believed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi would get serious about recruiting Sunni tribes to fight the Islamic State. Now it's not so sure.

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U.S. Accuses Iran of Secretly Breaching U.N. Nuclear Sanctions

Washington has evidence that Tehran is trying to buy new equipment for a key nuclear facility. But the White House isn't willing to say anything publicly about it.

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No Blacklist Yet for Islamic State Banks

Why the United States isn't using its biggest financial weapon against banks in the Islamist militant group's territory.

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Islamic State’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Campaign Fuels Global Jihad, U.N. Says

Defeating the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria may not be enough to prevent the Islamic State from replacing al Qaeda as the world's most dangerous militant group. 

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Exclusive: U.S. Firms Raced to Get Government-Backed Financing Before the Money Disappeared

With the Export-Import Bank on the chopping block, American companies tried to get requests in under the wire.

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