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Islamic State Kills Second Japanese Hostage

The fate of a captured Jordanian pilot remains unknown.

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Russia May Need to Say ‘Do Svidaniya’ to Belarus

Belarus is making an unprecedented tilt away from Moscow.

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FP’s Situation Report: The Pentagon has a Bergdahl problem; American contractors killed in Kabul; Congress’s make-or-break surveillance moment; and much more from around the word.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Pentagon has a Bowe Bergdahl problem. The Army is deciding whether to charge the former prisoner of war ...

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Homeland Security Chief: Mend Controversial Visa Program, But Don’t End It

Foreign fighter fears prompt more review of visa waiver program.

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McCain to Protesters: You’re ‘Low-Life Scum’

Code Pink protesters tried to shout down former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sen. John McCain would have none of it.

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FP’s Situation Report: Jordan calls the Islamic State’s bluff; Hezbollah retaliates against Israel; Democrats jump ship on Iran sanctions; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Jordan knows when to hold 'em. Jordanian officials agreed to the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, imprisoned for plotting attacks ...

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Can Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador Get Tehran Relief From U.N. Sanctions?

Washington blocked Tehran’s last choice but may have higher hopes for this one.

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Holder Shadow Looms Large as Senate Considers His Successor

Loretta Lynch went to Capitol Hill to discuss her qualifications to be the next attorney general. She ended up telling lawmakers she isn't Eric Holder.

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FP’s Situation Report: The Kurds set sight on Mosul; Former DoD brass take aim at Obama on Capitol Hill; Russia has a friend in Greece; and much more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Kurds set their sights on Mosul after taking back Kobani. The Islamic State appeared unstoppable when it swept ...

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With Islamic State Routed From Kobani, Kurds Eye Mosul

A senior Kurdish official says the Islamic State's defeat in Kobani should smash its aura of invincibility.

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How Come India Isn’t Speaking Out Against the Islamic State?

Inside India's reluctance to publicly criticize the extremist organization.

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Dempsey’s Attempt to Honor Dead Saudi King Backfires

Gen. Martin Dempsey announced a contest meant to honor late Saudi King Abdullah. He ended up giving critics a chance to highlight human rights abuses.

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FP’s Situation Report: One U.S. spy convicted as three Russian spies are exposed; War reignites in Ukraine; Washington may go solo in Yemen; Exclusive details on DoD’s 2016 budget request; and more from around the world.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat One American spy is convicted and three Russian spies are exposed. A federal jury convicted former CIA officer Jeffrey ...

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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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Egypt Cancels Arab Spring Tribute to Mourn Saudi King Abdullah

King Abdullah vociferously opposed the Arab Spring and propped up Egypt's military-backed government.

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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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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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