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Meet America’s New Public Enemy No. 1

Russia has dislodged China as the great threat to the United States in the eyes of the U.S. public.

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FP’s Situation Report: U.S. anti-terror dragnet blocks Somali payments back home; Is the Homeland Security Dept. still viable?; Showdown set for the AIPAC conference; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat U.S. anti-terror dragnet blocks Somali-American support for families back home. The United States has cracked down on money sent ...

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How’s the Fight Against the Islamic State Going? Depends Which Official You Ask

Secretary of State John Kerry put a positive spin on the status of the U.S. fight against the Islamic State. DNI James Clapper was far less optimistic.

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FP’s Situation Report: Detainee torture continues in Afghanistan; United States losing its tech edge; U.S. absence allows South Sudan’s civil war to rage on; ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Detainee torture continues in Afghanistan. The United States is almost out of Afghanistan, but the controversial enhanced interrogation techniques ...

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Islamic State Threat Comes to American Shores

The Islamic State threat arrives on American shores with the arrest of three suspects.

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Kerry: Netanyahu Wrong on Iraq and Wrong on Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It's the latest in an ugly war of words between Israel and the United States.

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Chinese Dissident Accuses Top U.S. Diplomat of Lying

Chen Guangcheng says Kurt Campbell promised to personally save his family -- then didn't.

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FP’s Situation Report: Pentagon walks back Mosul plans; Russia plays petro-politics with Europe; U.S. calls for South Sudan sanctions in writing; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Pentagon tries to walk back plans to retake Mosul. Last week DoD unexpectedly released key details on its ...

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U.S. Threatens South Sudan With Sanctions … Again

The United States introduces draft U.N. Security Resolution threatening to hit South Sudan's warring parties with sanctions.

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Obama Kills the Keystone Pipeline to Nowhere

It took six years, but it now appears that Obama's veto has finally killed TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline.

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Hypocrisy Alert: Qatari Leader Throws Weight Behind Pluralism and Inclusiveness

It's perhaps a bit rich for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to be selling "pluralistic, inclusive, power-sharing solutions to regional disputes" in the pages of the New York Times.

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Fed Chief Yellen: Weak Economies Abroad Threaten U.S. Recovery

Markets around the world reacted positively to Fed chief Janet Yellen's pledge to keep interest rates low for the next few months. But a rate hike could be coming in the fall.

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FP’s Situation Report: White House threatens new Russia sanctions; U.S. courts deal a huge blow to the Palestinian Authority; Is the al-Shabab mall threat a recruiting ploy?; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The White House wants Russia to pay for Debaltseve. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Moscow had to ...

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Al-Shabab Threat Against Mall of America Could Be a Call to Action

Al-Shabab might lack the operational capability to attack the Mall of America. But the threat could be a call to arms to Minnesota's Somali-American population.

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Rudy Giuliani Loves America, Except When He’s Consulting for Qatar

The former mayor of New York has a habit of declaring his love of America but doesn't particularly enjoy disclosing his consulting work for Islamist regional powers.

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Inside the Anti-Terror Task Force at the Mall of America

Al-Shabab has named the Mall of American in Minnesota as a target. Security at the mall has been preparing for such an attack for more than a decade.

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FP’s Situation Report: Carter makes a splash abroad; Turkey pushes into Syria; Violence continues in Ukraine; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Carter makes a splash on his first overseas trip as Defense secretary. It didn’t take long for new defense ...

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Is Yemen the New Benghazi?

Depending on who you believe, the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen last week was either a frantic exodus that exposed sensitive U.S. secrets or an orderly departure reflecting a “high level of professionalism.”

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Dispute Over Iran’s Nuclear Program Arrives in the Halls of a U.S. University

Disputes over Iran's nuclear program typically take place in halls of diplomacy. This week a dispute arrived in the halls of American higher education.

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FP’s Situation Report: Centcom outlines plans to retake Mosul; Ukraine calls Russia’s bluff on peacekeepers; Russia slams Obama’s terror summit; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat U.S. Central Command develops plans to retake Mosul. In a highly unusual briefing to reporters about future battle plans, ...

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Russian Envoy Says Obama’s Extremism Summit a “Mess”

Russia's U.N. ambassador says Moscow wants to join Washington in the fight against extremism, but only as an equal partner.

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The United States Isn’t Immune to Grexit Fallout

Greece's exit from the eurozone would have dire consequences for Europe. But it would also impact the United States.

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For Army General, Military Risks Self-Delusion If It Ignores Past Wars’ Lessons

For someone tasked with thinking about the future, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is obsessed with the past. In the hour he spent talking with reporters ...

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FP’s Situation Report: Russia warns Ukraine about peacekeepers; Syrian rebel force begins to take shape; Carter wants civilian control of DoD; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Russia warns Ukraine about international peacekeepers. Ukrainian forces finished a brutal and bloody retreat from Debaltseve on Wednesday, closing the ...

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Jeb Bush: On Foreign Policy, I Am Not George W. Bush

Jeb Bush attempted on Wednesday to distance himself from his older brother.

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Obama: Terror, Not Islam, Is the Enemy

After months of delays and weeks of controversy, President Obama finally got to tell officials from around the world that terror, not Islam, is the enemy of the United States.

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The Next Face of the Pentagon Won’t Be Wearing a Uniform

New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wants a civilian as Pentagon press secretary.

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Obama Taps Insider as Secret Service Chief After Being Prodded to Choose an Outsider

Obama was told an outsider was needed to fix the Secret Service. But he picked the ultimate inside man for the job.

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After Debaltseve

If the cease-fire completely collapses in Ukraine, diplomacy could be off the table once and for all.

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FP’s Situation Report: Islamic State victory in Libya is no sure thing; What can get done at Obama’s terror summit?; Syrian rebels call in U.S. airstrikes; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat An Islamic State victory in Libya is far from certain. The terror group moved across Iraq and Syria with ...

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Europe’s Post-Copenhagen, Post-Paris Script for Responding to Terror

Amid repeated attacks on cartoonists and centers of Jewish life, these are the issues around which European politics now revolve.

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FP’s Situation Report: Egypt and Libya pound Islamic State targets; More similarities between Copenhagen and Paris attacks emerge; Ukrainian military and separatists battle for a key eastern city; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Egypt and Libya pound Islamic State targets in eastern Libya. Egyptian and Libyan warplanes bombed targets in Libya one ...

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FP’s Situation Report: The Islamic State rises in North Africa; Terror hits Denmark; Cease-fire holds in Ukraine; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Islamic State demonstrates its reach in North Africa. Militants released a video showing the mass execution of 21 ...

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Islamic State Beheads 21 Egyptians Kidnapped in Libya

The Obama administration asked Congress not to limit the scope of the fight against the Islamic State. A newly released brutal video out of Libya ...

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U.S. Lawmakers: Too Soon to Tell if Copenhagen Attacks Tied to Radical Islam

U.S. lawmakers said it's too early to tell if the man behind the Copenhagen attack has ties to al Qaeda or the Islamic State.

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Copenhagen Suffers Second Attack with Shooting Near a Synagogue

Hours after a terror attack at a free speech forum in Copenhagen three people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning near a synagogue ...

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Gunmen Attack Free Speech Seminar in Copenhagen

A free speech event was interrupted by gunfire in Copenhagen today. Authorities are calling it a likely terror attack.

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After Criticisms, Obama Speaks Out on Killings of Muslims in N.C.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasts President Obama for silence on the murders of three Muslim students in North Carolina.

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FP’s Situation Report: U.N. peace efforts in Syria backfire; U.S. and Iranian interests align in Yemen; Carter cruises to confirmation; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat U.N. peace plans in Syria backfire. The U.N. was counting on fears about the rise of the Islamic State ...

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