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Guns, Lies, and Videotape: The War in Eastern Ukraine Is Back On in Full

After a bloody weekend, the war in eastern Ukraine looks set to escalate.

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FP’s Situation Report: Internal U.S. dispute stymies U.N. push for South Sudan arms ban; Chaos reigns in northern Nigeria; Greek elections cast doubt on Europe’s future; and more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat An internal Obama administration squabble stalls U.N. efforts to ban weapons shipments to South Sudan. Foreign allies and even ...

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White House Gaffe Outs American Held by the Islamic State

The White House routinely asks journalists to refrain from publishing the names of American hostages. A top Obama administration official broke that rule this morning.

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Beheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing Choice

The Islamic State murdered one of its two Japanese hostages. Now, the group is demanding the release of a prisoner for the life of the second.

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Davos Diary: When it Comes to Human Rights in China, It’s Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell

Why the World Economic Forum will talk about many things -- but not human rights in the world’s biggest county. (There are definitely other things they don’t talk about.)

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With Obscure Treaties, Moscow Pulls Breakaway Regions Into Its Orbit

Russia has many ways to influence events in countries on its periphery, both subtle and not. In Ukraine, that influence-peddling has taken the form of ...

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Davos Diary: The Strange Case of a Missing Chinese Journalist

Does Davos Miss One of Its Biggest Chinese Stars, ensnared in a corruption probe?

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Davos Diary: Russia Trying to Derail IMF Talks, Says Ukrainian Official

Finance Minister says Ukraine is moving forward, despite war.

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FP’s Situation Report: The patriarch of the House of Saud dies; When a body count is not a body count; Someone’s missing in Davos; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The patriarch of the House of Saud is dead. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud died Thursday ...

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Nigeria Keeps Playing the Boko Haram Blame Game

The Islamist insurgency group wreaking havoc across northern Nigeria and Cameroon is starting to pose a larger regional threat. But the Nigerian government has been slow to act and fast to point fingers.

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Davos Diary: Iran Sends a Smaller Delegation to Davos

After trying to throw the doors wide for investors last year, Iranian representatives lie low this year.

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Obama to Bibi: No Meeting for You

Congress will get to hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March. But Bibi isn’t getting an audience with the president.

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Davos Diary: Merkel: Time For Europe To Do Its Homework

European countries need to do the work to make their economies more competitive, despite new stimulus from the central bank.

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Davos Diary: Huawei’s Reclusive Founder Wants You to Know Just How Useless He Is

The world's largest telecommunications company's CEO spoke at Davos about how useless and ignorant he has been throughout his career.

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FP’s Situation Report: No good deed goes unpunished in Somalia; Bibi gets a Churchill moment; Republicans are tripping over Iran bills; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat In Somalia, no good deed goes unpunished. Retired Delta Force soldier Brett Fredricks went to Somalia to train Ugandan ...

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Davos Diary: Should Kim Jong Un Score an Invitation to Davos?

The business and political elites in Davos say yes.

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Carter, Not Hagel, to Brief the Defense Budget on Capitol Hill

The next defense secretary will hit the ground running, defending the Pentagon's 2016 budget request in front of Congress.

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‘To the Youth in Europe and North America’: An Unexpected Open Letter From Iran’s Supreme Leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, known for fiery rhetoric condemning the West as “evil” and the “Great Satan,” sounded a much more temperate note on Wednesday.

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When a Coup is Not a Coup

It appears the Yemeni government was overtaken by a coup. But at the State Department, sometimes a coup is not a coup.

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The Right Honourable Sir Benjamin Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister is about to make history by addressing Congress for the third time. The only other foreign leader to do that? Winston Churchill.

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Boehner — Not Obama — Asks Israeli Prime Minister to Address Congress

House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress. In a sharp rebuke to President Obama, he didn't coordinate the invite with the White House.

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Davos Diary: Ukraine’s New Leader Struggles to Woo Foreign Investors

Businessman-turned-president gets tepid welcome as he tries to rally political and economic support and fight “Ukraine Fatigue."

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Do You ‘C’ Any Typos in Tout for Book by Obama PolitiCal Chief?

Obama political advisor David Axelrod is trying to promote his new book. He might want to have a long conversation with his publicist.

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FP’s Situation Report: President Obama reluctantly takes on the Islamic State fight; Obama faces lingering and difficult foreign policy challenges; A key U.S. ally in the Middle East is in peril in Yemen; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat President Barack Obama used the I-word -- Iraq -- only twice in last night’s State of the Union. But ...

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Washington’s $232 Million Question in Yemen

The United States planned to send nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to Yemen this year. Its fate depends on whether the State Department calls a coup a coup.

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Davos Diary: Here Are the Top Three China Stories to Watch Out For

There's a saying that the shakier a major country's economy is, the bigger splash it tries to make at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, ...

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Mayor of Paris to Sue Fox News for Charlie Hebdo Coverage

This story has been updated. Fox News has spent years ridiculing France for sins real and imagined. Now the mayor of Paris is punching back ...

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A Second Witness Emerges in the Case of the Stockholm Mystery Sub

Swedish civilians continue spotting submarines on the outskirts of the country's capital.

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FP’s Situation Report: U.S. shifts policy on Syrian President Assad; Paris attacks prompt European rethink on terrorism; EU stands firm on Russia sanctions; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The United States shifts policy on Syrian President Assad. The White House has long maintained no peace in Syria ...

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Meet the Man Behind 'Je Suis Charlie'

An interview with Joachim Roncin, the creator of "Je Suis Charlie."

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FP’s Situation Report: An expanded air campaign against the Islamic State stalls; Ground efforts in Iraq are failing; U.S. collects evidence against North Korea through a hack of its own; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Plans to expand air strikes against the Islamic State are stalled. The United States and Turkey still are unable ...

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Lithuania to Citizens: In Case of Russian Invasion, ‘Do Your Job Worse Than Usual’

If Russian troops ever arrive, Lithuania is counting on its citizens to engage in low-level civil resistance.

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Obama Slaps Europe for Failing to Integrate Muslims

President Obama pledged solidarity with Europe after last week's terror attacks in Paris. Today, he took its leaders to task for not integrating Muslim populations.

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Awkward: John Kerry Brings James Taylor to Paris, Sings ‘You’ve Got a Friend’

America's top diplomat went to Paris for some high-level fence-mending in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

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FP’s Situation Report: Air Force runs short on drone pilots; Boko Haram transforms northern Nigeria into a living hell; U.S. economy shines among cloudy economic skies; and more news from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Help Wanted: Even drones need pilots, and the Air Force is running short of them. A cornerstone of the ...

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Malian Grocery Store Hero Gets French Citizenship

Lassana Bathily helped a group of customers hide in the store's walk-in fridge.

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Obama Raises the Stakes With the GOP Over Guantánamo

Sen. John McCain turned on the White House this week, pulling his support to close Guantánamo Bay prison. On Thursday, President Obama fired back.

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