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Palestine Scores Major Victory With Vatican Recognition of Statehood

While many argue that the Vatican’s statement Wednesday has no legal significance, it does have important symbolic weight.

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Can Pope Francis Get the Church’s Mind Off Sex?

Pope Francis wants to move away from divisive fights over sex, abortion and gay rights. Behind the scenes at the U.N., Vatican diplomats are focusing on little else.

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Why the World Missed Yemen’s Downward Spiral

The U.N.’s spin machine sold the West on a stable Sanaa even as the country teetered on the brink of disaster.

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Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

As the country's five-decade war winds down, how the government disarms female fighters could define the coming truce.

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China’s Middle East Tightrope

Beijing is walking a fine line between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But, in this region, even a big checkbook can't buy friends in both places.

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Where Does U.S. Policy Toward Cuba Go From Here?

With this week’s perfunctory delisting of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, it is clear President Obama can’t give away the store fast enough. ...

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