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Eight of the Weirdest Gifts Foreign Dignitaries Gave the President

From ping pong tables to crocodile insurance, a rundown of the strangest gifts foreign leaders gave the leader of the free world.

play in the aMAZEme labyrinth made from books at The Southbank Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo used 250,000 books to create the maze which will be on display until August 25, 2012.

What Foreign Policy Staff Read in 2016

Writers and editors share some of the best books they read this year.

US President Barack Obama speaks with children dressed as elves, who are or were patients at Children's National Medical Center as they present donated gifts to the Obamas to give to children at the hospital, as they attend a taping of TNT's Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum in Washington on December 15, 2013. The annual event, hosted by actor Hugh Jackman, features performances by the Backstreet Boys, Anna Kendrick, Sheryl Crow, Janelle Monae and Pat Monahan, and airs on the TNT television network on December 20.    AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2016 Edition

Here are some gifts from around the world, fit for even the most insatiable global affairs glutton.

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

The mother of two men, one of them, as she claims, was killed and the other one is missing, holds a picture of her lost son as she cries during a rally of mothers of the protesters in front of a policemen line facing anti-government opposition activists in the center of Kiev on January 31, 2014. Ukraine's military on Friday called on President Viktor Yanukovych to take "urgent steps" to ease turmoil in the country, weighing in for the first time on the ex-Soviet nation's worst crisis since independence. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed a law offering an amnesty to jailed opposition activists and repealed controversial laws cracking down on protests, his office said. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY        (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

URIBE, COLOMBIA:  Members of the revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla forces, (L-R) Ivan Rios, an unidentified woman fighter, Joaquin Gomez, Marcos Calarca, Jairo and Pedro Aldana, arrive in Uriba, Colombia, 25 October 1999, for a new round of peace talks with government representatives. The talks resumed 24 October 1999 after months of delays and setbacks renewing hopes for an end to more than three decades of civil war.    (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Stories You Missed in 2015

From the winding down of Colombia's 50-year war to Ireland's booming economy, here are the stories that flew under the radar this year.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2015 Edition

Holiday shopping suggestions for the discerning international politics connoisseur.

Former US NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) speaks to members of the media as he makes his way through Beijing's international airport on December 19, 2013.  Rodman is on a visit to North Korea from December 19 to 23.    AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO        (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Curt Schilling and 9 Other Professional Athletes Who Felt the Need to Comment on Politics

Former MLB star Curt Schilling posted controversial tweets about Muslims Tuesday. But he's not the only professional sports star who's dabbled in provocative topics.


The 5 Worst Treaties the United States Ever Signed

Sorry, Bill Kristol. The Iran deal isn’t one of them.

Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. From left are:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie;  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio;  retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Debate Marked by Foreign-Policy Flubs, Side Steps, and Laugh Lines

From Donald Trump's big wall to Jeb Bush's Iraq miscue, the five most memorable moments of the Republican Party's big night in Cleveland.

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