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FP’s Situation Report: Iran nuclear talks continue past the deadline; U.S. resumes weapons shipments to Egypt; Nigeria elects former military strongman as president; Iraq claims victory in Tikrit; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Iran nuclear talks continue as the supposed deadline comes and goes. Iran, the United States, and the other members ...

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Obama to Attend Conference in Kenya Despite U.S. Travel Warning

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Kenya in July despite warnings from the State Department that travel there could be unsafe.

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Goodbye and Goodluck

Africa’s most populous nation has voted out their incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for a former military dictator, Muhammadu Buhari.

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Top White House Official Moving to the Council on Foreign Relations

Philip Gordon, who worked for President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton, is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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FP’s Situation Report: There’s wiggle room on today’s Iran nuclear deadline; A tough job awaits U.S. Special Ops in Jordan; Bergdahl’s case wades into rare legal territory; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat It’s deadline day for an Iran nuclear deal, except it’s not. Diplomats set March 31 as the day a ...

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FBI Rules Out Terrorism in Gate-Ramming at Ft. Meade; 1 Dead

National Security Agency police opened fire Monday on a black SUV that tried to enter a gate at Fort Meade, Maryland.

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U.S. and U.K. Eye ‘Political Interference’ in Nigeria’s Elections

'Largely peaceful' elections still unresolved after weekend balloting, local violence

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FP’s Situation Report: No Iran nuclear deal yet as Tehran backs away from a key concession; Arab leaders create a pan-Arab fighting force; U.S. tries to bolster NATO’s eastern members; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat No deal on Iran’s nuclear program yet. One day before the deadline, negotiators are still trying to carve out ...

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Eleventh-Hour Push for Iranian Nuclear Deal as Deadline Approaches

Iran nuclear talks continued Sunday, although it remains unclear if a deal would be made ahead of a March 31 deadline.

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GOP May Be in for a Rude Awakening on Immigration When Pope Francis Addresses Congress

The pontiff may deliver a stronger rebuke on immigration than the GOP and White House expect.

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British Foreign Secretary: Differences Remain, But Nuclear Deal Possible in ‘Next 48 hours’

Just days before a key deadline in the Iran nuclear talks, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond expressed confidence that if a compromise is reached, negotiators would be able to present an agreement that clarifies key two sticking points: how long a final deal would be in effect and how far it pushes back Iran’s breakout time to acquiring weapons-grade uranium.

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Reid’s Likely Successors Are Big Players on Foreign Policy

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has publicly backed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him as Senate minority leader when he retires at the end of 2016, possibly giving the main pro-Israel lobby a powerful new ally in the upper chamber.

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FP’s Situation Report: Paris won’t wait forever for Israeli-Palestinian peace push; U.S. straddles the fence in the Middle East; White House says Tikrit isn’t about Iran; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Paris to push Israeli-Palestinian peace at the U.N. Washington is considering moving the peace process to Turtle Bay. But ...

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DEA Agents Partied With Prostitutes Paid for by Colombian Cartels

An internal review found DEA agents participated in sex parties with Colombian prostitutes. The drug cartels they are charged with stopping picked up the tab.

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Amnesty International: Hamas Committed War Crimes During Gaza War

Israel has taken fierce international criticism for its conduct during last year's fighting. A new report says Palestinian militants may have violated international law as well.

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Homeland Security IG: Department’s No. 2 Violated Ethics in Push for Visas

An internal Homeland Security investigation found that its No. 2 man committed ethics violations when he fast-tracked visas of people with connections to Democrats. But he didn't break the law.

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Germanwings Flight Flown Deliberately Into the French Alps

European authorities said 28-year old German Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew the Germanwings flight into the French Alps. Terrorism is not thought to be a motive.

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U.S. Officials: Tikrit Offensive Not About Countering Iran’s Influence

U.S. officials told lawmakers on Thursday that a new bombing campaign against Islamic State positions in the Iraqi city of Tikrit is not designed to counter Iran’s growing clout in the country, but to prevent another tactical victory for the Sunni terrorist group, which has fended off an Iraqi offensive on the city for weeks.

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FP’s Situation Report: Bergdahl charged with desertion; U.S. bombs try to turn the tide in Tikrit; Saudis hammer the Houthis in Yemen; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion. The decision, months in the making, comes after Bergdahl disappeared from ...

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Ghani: Afghanistan Can Serve as Roadblock to Extremism Along New Silk Road

The Afghan president calls his country a keystone to future prosperity in Central Asia — but first needs help in stopping the spread of religious extremism.

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Report: Washington Is Negotiating for Missing American Journalist

The American journalist Austin Tice has been missing in Syria since 2012. No one seems to know the identity of his captors, and except for ...

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FP’s Situation Report: U.S. slows troop withdrawal from Afghanistan; Congress says ‘So what?’ to Israeli spying; Secret Service scandal grows; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat It’s official: U.S. troops are staying in Afghanistan through the end of the year. President Barack Obama confirmed what’s ...

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Spy vs. Spy, America and Israel Edition

Israel and the United States have a long history of spying on one another.

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Congress on Allegations of Israeli Spying: Yeah, So?

With a resounding meh, U.S. lawmakers shrugged off a report Tuesday alleging that Israel spied on nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers in hopes of spurring Congress to veto a deal.

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‘Botched Response’ Has Lawmakers Questioning Secret Service Chief’s Job

Lawmakers allege the Secret Service botched a response to a March 4 bomb threat. Now, some are questioning whether recently appointed director Joseph Clancy is the man for the job.

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FP’s Situation Report: Yemen’s collapse is a huge hit to U.S. counterterror strategy; White House dismisses Bibi’s apology tour; Israel reportedly spied on Iran talks; Ghani makes a promise to America; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The fall of the Yemeni government is a massive blow to U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Violence has forced U.S. special ...

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Clinton: U.S. Should Consider German Model for Saving Jobs

Hillary Clinton said a German policy to save jobs could work here in America. But an expert warns it could have unintended consequences for the American economy.

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Giving Thanks, Ghani Pledges to Curb Corruption in Afghanistan

Turning the page in relations with the U.S., Afghan president praises American military sacrifices and promises to not let them go to waste.

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FP’s Situation Report: Ukraine wants more U.S. military training; Kabul and Washington make progress; Israel continues its push against an Iran nuclear deal; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Ukraine’s military needs more than U.S. weapons. It also needs U.S. training. The United States is considering sending guns ...

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Boehner to Visit Israel as Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms

House Speaker John Boehner showed up President Obama by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress. He's set to do it again with a trip to Israel as the Iran nuclear deadline looms.

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FP’s Situation Report: Kerry condemns reported use of chlorine gas in Syria; Bibi flips on his two-state flip-flop; Musical chairs at DoD; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Secretary of State John Kerry condemns reported use of chlorine gas in Syria. Human rights groups allege President Bashar ...

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Flip-Flop Flip

The Israeli leader reversed his position on Palestine yet again, but it may be too late to improve ties with a fed-up White House.

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Dostum to NYT: This Warlord Doesn’t Cry

Abdul Rashid Dostum is denying a New York Times report that he cried in a security meeting.

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Memo to Tunis: Beware Untimely Propaganda

Tunisian politician ponders whether his nation can be an island of stability in the Mideast and North Africa. We're going with no.

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