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Shinzo Abe speaks at his party's headquarters in Oct. 2017 (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Abe, Fresh Off Election Victory, Now Gets to Host Trump

A resounding win at the polls doesn’t mean a green light for the Japanese PM.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on October 23, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Peace Talks With ‘Moderate’ Taliban

The U.S. secretary of state reopened the offer during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

Afghan army trainees inside a helicopter simulator at a military base in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 21, 2009. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

‘Ghost Soldiers’: Too Many U.S.-Trained Afghans Are Going AWOL

Some 13 percent of Afghan military personnel training in the United States last year went AWOL.

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard next to a bridge in Manbij, northern Syria, on June 23, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Reconstruction Spells Juicy Contracts for Russian, Iranian Firms

Bombed-out cities meant death and destruction. Now they promise billions of dollars — for new construction.

Iranians show ink-stained fingers after casting their ballots on May 19. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Not a Totally Fake Democracy, Study Says

A new survey shows a country with a constrained but active body politic, contrary to plenty of D.C. conventional wisdom.

USS Ronald Reagan and destroyer USS Stethem steam alongside ships from the Republic of Korea Oct. 18. (U.S. Navy)

SitRep: U.S. Warships on Alert; Taliban Rip Through Afghan Forces

SitRep: U.S. warships ready near Korea; Deadly new Taliban offensive

Tillerson and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, meet in Washington, D.C. in March 2017 (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Knocks China, Courts India Ahead of South Asia Trip

Tough words for “One Belt, One Road” and praise for a deepening defense partnership.

Syrian Democratic Forces look out over a devastated Raqqa on Oct. 16. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: ISIS 2.0 On The Way

Raqqa falls, al Qaeda making a comeback, John McCain mad at Mattis and McMaster.

Afghan girls at school in Herat province on Oct. 17. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan Ranks Among the Worst Places for Girls to Get an Education

The United States poured millions into education in Afghanistan. Did it do anything?

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on June 21 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump spoke about renegotiating NAFTA and building a border wall that would produce solar power during the rally.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Can Congress Block Trump if He Pulls Out of NAFTA?

The president claims the decision is his to make. Lawmakers and legal scholars aren’t so sure.

People watch a news report in Seoul on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6, 2016. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Has No Plan for Dealing With a North Korean EMP Attack

Newt Gingrich says there’s a lack of staff in the administration to take on the issue. Critics say it doesn't matter.

A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts at counterprotesters during a rally calling for the protection of Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8.

Survey: One-Third of Republicans Favor Leaders Unchecked by Courts or Congress

A new global survey finds that right-of-center ideology and education affect support for democracy.

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