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Deputy National Security Ben Rhodes edits President Barack Obama's speech aboard Air Force One (Pete Souza/White House/Flickr)

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WASHINGTON, :  American youths stage a rally 30 November 1965 in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. protesting United States military involvement in the Vietnam war. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Vietnam’ 9: An unfinished tale

Despite striving for nuance, episode 9 favors those who opposed the war more than those who fought it.

Supporters of Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga celebrate in the streets of Mathare slum in Nairobi on Sepetember 1, 2017. x
Kenya's Supreme Court ordered a new presidential election after annulling the results of last month's poll in a shock decision in favour of the opposition. Joyous celebrations erupted outside the court and in Nairobi slums after the second term victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared "invalid, null and void".
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In Unprecedented Reversal, Kenya’s Top Court Throws Out Election Result

International observers were quick to endorse the results of last month's presidential election. Now they're facing uncomfortable questions.

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John Kerry Slams Trump Administration in Harvard Commencement Speech

Reminding everyone at Harvard that free trade is great, Trump is bad, and climate change is real.

TOPSHOT - US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrive for talks on the Syria peace process in Zurich on January 20, 2016, in Davos.
US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for talks on the Syria peace process, with a fresh round of dialogue between the warring parties set to begin next week. / AFP / AP POOL / Jacquelyn Martin        (Photo credit should read JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

To Assuage Russia, Obama Administration Backed Off Syria Chemical Weapons Plan

The campaign to punish Assad for attacking his people with chlorine bombs took a back seat to Kerry's diplomacy with Moscow

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on Middle East peace at The U.S. Department of State on December 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kerry spoke on the need for a two-state solution and defended the Obama administration's approach to Israel. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Kerry’s Mideast Peace Push Is Too Little, Too Late

The U.S. secretary of state’s speech laying out terms for a two-state solution is the final example of the Obama administration’s failure to move the needle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Kerry on Israel: Two-State Solution Is in Serious Jeopardy

John Kerry rebuked Benjamin Netanyahu's administration and outlined a potential, but improbable, path for peace.

A S-200 surface-to-air missile is driven past Iranian military commanders during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq, on September 22, 2015, in the capital Tehran.  AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration

Senators unanimously extend sanctions on Iran in a symbolic message to Tehran, ending a tentative thaw in U.S relations.

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Kerry to Climate Change Summit Attendees, and Trump: ‘We Don’t Get a Second Chance’

Secretary Kerry addressed climate change negotiators Wednesday. But his real message was to Donald Trump.

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Kerry’s March to the Penguins

Why Secretary Kerry is Stopping in Antarctica Before Next Week’s Trip to Morocco for the U.N. Climate Change Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 09:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov (L) talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the U.S. State Department on August 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to reports the meeting could help determine the fate of a planned summit meeting in September between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

John Kerry Consults with Russians on Syria Less Than 48 Hours After Suspending Ties

Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the situation in Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after the State Department announced a suspension in “bilateral channels with Russia” related to reducing the violence in Syria.

PALACIO PRESIDENCIAL DE COLOMBIA, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - 2014/12/12: President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and US Secretary of State, John Kerry (R) at Narino's Palace during a press conference. The main theme in the meeting was the support of U.S. Government to the peace process in Colombia between the National Government and the rebel movement FARC. This is the second visit of Kerry to Colombia, since he assumed his current post. (Photo by Cesar Marino Garc?a/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

U.S. Scrambles to Support Santos After Shock Defeat of Peace Deal

The setback in Bogota also dealt a blow to Washington, which had been banking on a settlement after spending more than $10 billion over 16 years to combat the FARC.

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U.S. Halts Cooperation with Russia on Syrian War

The suspension of talks is the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Obama and Putin.

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Volunteers wear gas masks during a class on how to respond to a chemical attack, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 15, 2013. For two months, Mohammad Zayed, an Aleppo University student, has been training a group of 26 civilians in the hope they can respond to a chemical attack.  AFP PHOTO / JM LOPEZ        (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Push to Sanction Syria for Using Chemical Weapons Hits Russian Resistance

The United States, Britain, and France want to punish Assad’s use of chemical weapons. But Moscow won’t play ball.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov look toward one another during a press conference following their meeting in Geneva where they discussed the crisis in Syria on September 9, 2016.
The United State and Russia agreed a plan to impose a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war and lay the foundation of a peace process, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
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U.S. and Russia Play Blame Game Over Syria Cease-Fire Breaches

Kerry calls on Syria and Russia to immediately ground their war planes in order to salvage a moribund, but last-ditch, cease-fire.

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