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The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

The airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed the toxic material, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.

Photos by Christiane Badgley

When Wall Street Went to Africa

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. 

Photoillustration by FP

The Corleones of the Caspian

How Azerbaijan's dictator woos the United States and Europe.

Photo: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

Unarmed Guards, Bogus Terror Drills, and 96 Tons of Plutonium

Three years after Fukushima, Japanese officials insist their nuclear facilities are safe. They're not.

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Gag Order

Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Meet the Spies Doing the NSA’s Dirty Work

This obscure FBI unit does the domestic surveillance that no other intelligence agency can touch.

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Scuttled at Sea

How maritime unions sunk America’s food aid reform.

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‘We Knew They Were Coming’

The untold story of al-Shabab's murderous attack on the U.N. in Mogadishu.

Photo: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images

Bad Medicine

India is flooding the world with tainted drugs -- and getting away with it.

courtesy of Joe Hennessy

No Exit

The Kafka-esque story of the U.S. translators being held against their will in a Kuwaiti hangar.

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How Congress Screwed Up America’s Security Clearance System

Blame profits, politics -- and a huge growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions.

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Secret Cold War Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Senators

...along with Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and a Washington Post humorist.

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The Cowboy of the NSA

Inside Gen. Keith Alexander's all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.

Photo courtesy of USAID

A Death in the Family

USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.

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Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.

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