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FP’s Situation Report: Did Bibi outline a path to a deal?; Petraeus completes his fall from grace; Pentagon owns up to Mosul missteps; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu open the door to an Iran deal? Democrats are still smarting while Republicans ...

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Pentagon Admits Divulging Mosul Plans a Mistake

Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of Central Command, is launching an inquiry into the Feb. 19 briefing.

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Watchdog: Afghan Army Far Weaker Than Initially Believed

A Pentagon miscount led to an overestimation of the Afghan army's strength. Could the new count influence U.S. withdraw plans?

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Livestream: Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Watch as the Israeli prime minister makes his case against a nuclear deal with Iran.

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FP’s Situation Report: Iraq gives the U.S. a surprise of its own; Clapper wants guns for Ukraine; Russia brings its anti-gay agenda to the U.N.; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Iraq repays DoD’s Mosul leaks with a surprise of its own. Iraqi officials were angry after the Pentagon released ...

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Bad Chinese Statistics: Panda Census Edition

New data shows China's panda population to be growing. Can the numbers be trusted?

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Russia Tries to Block Benefits for Families of Gay U.N. Employees

Vladimir Putin wants to prevent the U.N. chief from giving spousal benefits to his organization’s gay and lesbian workers.

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Clapper: Give Ukraine ‘Lethal Defensive Weapons’

Top intel official says Russian units key to reversing Ukraine's battlefield gains.

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The Future of Wombs for Rent

As more countries restrict surrogacy, it gets harder to balance the hopes of people who couldn’t otherwise have biological children with concerns about exploitation of women and kids.

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FP’s Situation Report: The man in the middle of the U.S./Israel spat; Defiant Russians take to Moscow’s streets; U.S.-backed rebels in Syria split; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Meet the man in the middle of the U.S./Israel spat. American-born Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer was in Israel last ...

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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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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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