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The Mysterious Cuban Spy at the Center of Obama’s Havana Rapprochement

Sitting alone in her Cleveland Park apartment, Ana Montes, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top Cuban analyst in the 1990s and a spy for the communist ...

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Obama’s Cuba Deal Could be a Home Run for Major League Baseball

The breakthrough between the United States and Cuba is being lauded for the economic and diplomatic possibilities it creates for both countries. It could also ...

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Should We Really Assume That North Korea Was Behind the Sony Attack?

Over the past few weeks, a shadowy group calling itself the Guardians of Peace has taken credit for a massive hack last month of Sony ...

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¡Alan Libre!

The surprise deal to free American subcontractor Alan Gross heralds a new age in the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

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Five International Whodunits ‘Serial’ Should Tackle in Its Next Season

What will become of Thursdays? Tomorrow, Serial -- the non-fiction, murder mystery podcast that in weekly increments has investigated the story of a real-life 1999 ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Russian economy struggles under sanctions and low oil prices; Putin’s power is at risk; Taliban strikes at the heart of Pakistan’s military establishment; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat The Russian economy is in free fall, drowning under the weight of Western sanctions and sinking oil prices. President ...

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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to Step Down

After nearly five years of heading the United States Agency for International Development, one of the Obama administration’s most charismatic and well-liked bureaucrats is leaving ...

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With Russia’s Ruble in Free-Fall, U.S. Plans New Sanctions

As the Russian ruble continues its tumble against the dollar, President Barack Obama plans to sign a bill imposing new sanctions against Moscow, adding more ...

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Afghan Watchdog Pushes Pentagon on Lavish Spending

A top U.S. watchdog is raising new questions about the Pentagon's $700 million effort to boost Afghanistan's economy.

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: More than 100 dead in Taliban attack at Pakistan school; U.S. doubts Iraqi PM’s commitment to reconciliation; Obama says the Islamic State has lost momentum; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat More than 100 die in Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan. In one of the bloodiest attacks in ...

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Gets an Early Hanukkah Gift: an Iron Dome Menorah

Here you have it, a pretty spot-on metaphor for the American-Israeli relationship: U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro holding a menorah in the shape of the Iron ...

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White House on the Fence on New Ukraine Sanctions

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether he will sign legislation passed by Congress last week that would allow him to provide weapons to ...

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North Korean Defectors Are Really Excited About ‘The Interview’

LONDON — Two buffoonish journalists, played by Seth Rogen and James Franco, travel to North Korea to interview President Kim Jong Un. At the CIA’s ...

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Sydney Hostage Crisis Spawns #Illridewithyou Twitter Campaign

There is now a predictable cycle that seems to follow every perceived act of Islamist terror: first the attack, then the violent confrontation with police, ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Australia’s fears are realized with hostage crisis in Sydney; Fallout from the torture report continues; Congress raises the stakes with Russia; and much more.

Australian fears are realized as gunmen believed to be radical Islamists have taken hostages in Sydney. Australian officials have long warned that its citizens were ...

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Congressional Spending Bill Includes $20 Million for Endangered Wildlife

Earlier this week, we told you about Prince William’s efforts on behalf of the world’s rhinoceroses and other endangered creatures, which the illegal wildlife trade ...

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China Wins Again in Fight Against Dalai Lama

Pope Francis is more than a religious leader -- he’s also a politician. And that’s led him to controversially deny an audience to the Dalai ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: CIA chief refuses to rule out future torture; U.S. closes last detainee site in Afghanistan; Democrats break with Obama on the Islamic State; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat The CIA refuses to rule out torture and urges the nation to turn the page on the torture report. ...

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Why USAID Got Into Bed With Cuban Rappers

For evidence that the U.S. government really has run out of ideas in its policy toward Cuba, look no further than the U.S. Agency for ...

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Senate Committee Won’t Let U.S. Troops Fight the Islamic State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Thursday to authorize military force against the Islamic State for three years but prohibited American troops from combat. ...

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House Delays Vote on Government Spending Bill

House GOP leaders are delaying a vote on an omnibus spending bill, raising the prospects of a government shutdown if Congress can’t reach at least ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: Obama is caught in the middle of the torture report fallout; CIA tortured even though it knew torture didn’t work; Torture report could benefit 9/11 suspects held by the U.S.; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat President Barack Obama refuses to take sides as the fallout from the torture report continues. The CIA maintained Wednesday ...

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Video Captures Deadly Argument at a West Bank Checkpoint

There is still much that we do not know about the death of Ziad Abu Ein, a 55-year-old Palestinian minister without portfolio who died Wednesday ...

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Coburn’s Objection to Defense Bill Threatens Government Shutdown

Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is refusing to go quietly as he exits public office, threatening to hold up the National Defense Authorization Act over ...

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State Dept: Rebels Are Never Going to Defeat Assad Militarily

In a grim assessment of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday that the country’s armed opposition will not be ...

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Poland Finally Comes Clean About Housing a Secret CIA Dungeon

The Polish government has long denied accusations that it hosted a CIA black site where suspected militants were detained and tortured using so-called enhanced interrogation ...

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Afghan Watchdog: Corruption Poses Serious Financial Risk

Even as the American combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, mismanagement of reconstruction projects poses a serious threat to taxpayer dollars.

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Pledges on Syrian Refugees Fall Short

The exodus of more than 3 million Syrians from their home country has been called the worst humanitarian disaster since the Rwandan genocide. On Tuesday, ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: Senate torture report indicts CIA’s post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program; CIA lied about role in bin Laden’s death; Details of program withheld from former President Bush; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat The CIA’s actions detailed in a long-awaited torture report released yesterday are “a stain on our values and our ...

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Kerry: Lawmakers Shouldn’t Limit Pentagon Options in Islamic State Fight

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asked his former colleagues to pass a new war authorization that would give President Barack Obama flexibility in ...

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Liberian President Discusses Ebola on Capitol Hill Wednesday

The president of Liberia, the West African nation at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, will address members of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: U.S. braces for torture report release; Critics allege Obama’s Iran strategy is failing; U.S. general warns of potential disaster in Afghanistan; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat The United States and its military brace for the release of the CIA torture report. Portions of the report ...

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SEAL Team 6 and the High Costs of Trying to Save American Lives

How many times have U.S. special ops raids left foreign hostages dead by accident?

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NSA Surveillance of U.S. Phone Records Will Continue Through February

The Obama administration ensured Monday that the NSA can continue collecting Americans’ phone records for another quarter.

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Prince William Wants the World to Help Save the Rhinos

Prince William used his first trip to Washington to condemn the illegal wildlife trade on Monday. After meeting with President Barack Obama in the morning, ...

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U.S. Ambassador: Diplomats, not the Military, Will Solve Ukraine Crisis

The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Monday refused to rule out sending weapons to the Ukrainian army, but insisted that the crisis in Ukraine would be ...

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North Korea’s Non-Denial Denial About Hacking Sony

While many computer security experts now believe that last week’s landmark cyberattack on Sony Pictures was carried out by a disgruntled insider, North Korean propagandists ...

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Exclusive: Former Spies Launch ‘CIASavedLives.com’ to Combat Torture Report

With the Senate gearing up to release a sharply critical report about the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention practices, a group of former senior intelligence ...

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FP’s Situation Report, presented by the UAE Embassy: U.S. accuses Iran of breaching nuclear sanctions; Drone strikes and a prisoner return thaw U.S.-Pakistan ties; Israel conducts airstrikes in Syria; and much more.

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The United States accuses Iran of secretly breaching U.N. nuclear sanctions. As Secretary of State John Kerry hints that ...

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Navy Engineer Indicted for Trying to Steal Plans for the USS Gerald R. Ford

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, a 35-year-old employee of the Navy, was indicted Friday for trying to steal plans for the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s ...

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U.N. Human Rights Experts Slam U.S. for Garner and Brown Killings

On an almost daily basis, U.S. officials in Washington and around the world issue statements criticizing the human rights records of other countries. Just on ...

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Was the Sony Hack an Inside Job?

There are growing questions about whether North Korea is responsible for a hack of Sony Pictures that tech experts are describing as one of the ...

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Watch Live: Foreign Policy and USIP’s PeaceGame

From where does the first spark of what becomes violent extremism come? Is it poverty and lack of economic opportunity, or the twisting of religious doctrine ...

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FP’s Situation Report: The Pentagon hasn’t punished anyone accused of retaliating against soldiers who reported possible sex crimes; Hagel denies tensions with the White House; Islamists in Chechnya upstage Putin; and much more.

By David Francis and Sabine Muscat The Defense Department finds those who retaliate against soldiers reporting assaults have not been punished. The long-awaited sexual assault ...

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Cybersecurity Bill Gets New Life in Senate

It now appears as if senators will get the opportunity to vote on a presumed-dead cybersecurity bill before the lame-duck session ends, a key lawmaker ...

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House Condemns Russia as Putin Tries to Rally His Countrymen

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin's policy of "aggression" in Ukraine and other neighboring countries. The motion, ...

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