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The Iranian military launches a missile during a naval exercise on June 18. The Iranian navy successfully tested new short- and long-range cruise missiles, coinciding with a rebound in tension with the United States, which seeks to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.

Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.

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Document of The Week: Global Plan for Sharing Vaccines

An alliance of international health organizations are competing with the United States and other rich countries in an effort to secure vaccines for the world’s neediest.

Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong shakes hands with U.S. President Richard Nixon in Beijing during Nixon’s visit to China on Feb. 21, 1972.

Document of the Week: Pompeo Buries U.S.-China Engagement Policy

A glimpse back at the beginning. Nixon and Kissinger’s vision of friendship with China is being put to rest by Trump administration.

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China Launches Counterattack Against U.S. Effort to Restore Taiwan’s Status at WHO

Beijing insists the World Health Organization should act according to “the one-China principle.”

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WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria

But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.

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Yemen: The Perfect Target for COVID-19 

A new report says the Middle East’s poorest country is uniquely vulnerable, as it records its first case of the coronavirus.

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U.N. Agencies Struggle to Carry On Remotely

Human Rights Council minutes show meetings are being dramatically cut back.

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China Goes on Diplomatic Offensive Over Coronavirus Response

Beijing seeks to deflect criticism that its carelessness caused a global crisis.

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A Grunt’s View of U.N. Leadership

An internal U.N. survey shows that the bosses think they are doing a better job than their employees do. 

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Why Does the White House Object to a ‘Sovereign’ Palestinian State?

The United States seeks to rewrite the history of international peace efforts in the Middle East.

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U.N. Faults Iraq for Islamic State Prosecutions

Report cites “serious concerns that basic fair trial standards were not respected.”

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Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown

Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

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U.N. Questions Evidence Against Iran Over Missiles

Report says it is not clear that Tehran orchestrated an attack on Saudi oil facilities.

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Russia Proposes Moving U.N. Meetings to Europe 

Protesting U.S. visa delays for United Nations-based Russian diplomats, Moscow says some U.N. meetings should be held in Geneva or Vienna. 

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Europeans Ramp up Pressure on Iran

Britain, France, and Germany say Iran’s ballistic missile program is inconsistent with the nuclear deal and improves its capacity to deliver nuclear payload. Tehran counters that Europeans have failed to meet obligations under the pact.

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