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An cybersecurity expert working for the Israeli company Commun.it analyzes networks of fake users in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Jan. 23, 2019.

Israel and Iran Just Showed Us the Future of Cyberwar With Their Unusual Attacks

A shadow war fought largely in secret has reached a new, more open phase.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Esper Orders Some U.S. Troops Deployed for Protests to Leave Washington

Elements of an elite paratrooper unit will leave Washington in a move that could spark tensions between the White House and the Pentagon.

An Afghan security officer investigates a damaged vehicle that was carrying employees of Khurshid TV at the site of a bomb blast that killed a journalist in Kabul on May 30.

In Afghanistan, the Islamic State Threatens Long-Term Peace 

After a bloody Ramadan, the Afghan government and the Taliban called for a three-day truce that mostly continues. But Islamic State terrorists are already conducting more massacres. 

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listens during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010. While Biden has taken critical stances on Israel in his 2020 presidential campaign, he has stressed: “My commitment to Israel is absolutely unshakeable.”

Biden Resists Move Left on Foreign Policy

Though he’s eager to accommodate Bernie Sanders’s base on domestic issues, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still seen as a man of the past by progressives.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and others

The Pentagon Distances Itself From Trump

Facing fierce criticism from Mattis and other former senior military officials, Esper insists the Pentagon is not playing politics.

Employees eating lunch at a Dongfeng Honda auto plant in Wuhan, China, shortly after returning to work, on March 23.

As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers

Governments and companies are returning to business at many different speeds. All worry that something might go wrong.

Alek Minassian (left), accused of the 2018 Toronto van attack; Elliot Rodger (center), a member of early incel communities who killed six people in California; and Chris Harper-Mercer, who cited Rodger in a manifesto found after he killed nine in Oregon.

Incels Are Radicalized and Dangerous. But Are They Terrorists?

Canada is searching for new frameworks to tackle ideological violence.

U.S. police stand by a protest near the White House.

Australia Launches Probe Into U.S. Police Violence Against TV Crew

While live on air, a journalist and cameraman were attacked with tear gas along with crowds across from White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks back to the White House after spending time in front of St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, DC on June 1.

Trump Pledges Military Response to Protests, Provoking Outrage

Congress pushes back after images of police violence spread over the weekend with a move to limit Pentagon weapons transfers to local authorities.

U.S. President Donald Trump, alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal

By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.

A man holds up his fist during a protest near the White House in Washington on May 31.

With Scenes of Police Brutality, America’s Beacon to the World Winks Out

U.S. soft power was already dwindling under Trump. But the new wave of police violence and racial injustice may be drying up the reserves.

Taliban prisoners walk in line during their recent release from Bagram prison near Kabul on May 26.

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus

“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.

A protester carries a U.S. flag past a burning building in Minneapolis on May 29 after a night of protests in reaction to the police slaying of George Floyd.

America’s Race Problem Erupts Anew, Layered With Coronavirus Tensions

Rioting in the aftermath of another police-inflicted death—this time in one of the most prosperous U.S. cities—reveals how little progress has been made.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks at reporters asking questions as he returns to the Oval Office after delivering a statement on China at the White House May 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Trump Cuts U.S. Ties With World Health Organization Amid Pandemic

Democrats and NGOs slammed the White House decision, saying the U.S. president was ceding influence to China and further undercutting the coronavirus response.

Protesters face police in Minneapolis.

African Leaders, Joined by U.S. Embassies, Condemn Police Killing in Minneapolis

In highly unusual move, U.S. diplomats in Uganda and Kenya issue public pronouncements expressing distress over the death of George Floyd.

Police detain people during protests in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Ensnared in U.S.-China Showdown

The U.S. pronouncement that it no longer considers Hong Kong to be independent from China paves the way for future sanctions, which could hurt the very people the United States means to help.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who is leading the charge to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization, speaks to the press at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 30.

U.S. Effort to Depart WTO Gathers Momentum

Both political parties are demonizing the world trade body, but many experts warn that such a move could seriously set back U.S. power and prestige.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a peace summit on Libya

Pentagon Escalates Rhetoric in Libya as Russian Planes Arrive

U.S. Africa Command calls out Moscow for tipping the scales in a conflict the Trump administration has mostly sought to avoid.

Soil containing rare earth minerals prepares to be loaded at a port in China.

U.S. Falters in Bid to Replace Chinese Rare Earths

Despite new legislation, Washington won’t be delivering critical minerals needed for defense, high tech, and energy.

Senegalese forces with the U.N. Mission in Mali on patrol.

U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa

The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.

The World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 24.

Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO

U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer. 

A woman wearing a protective mask walks along a street in northeast Syria.

Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria 

With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus. 

A partial screenshot of https://www.nudtdata.com.cn/, the public version of the virus database

Leaked Chinese Virus Database Covers 230 Cities, 640,000 Updates

New information may offer insight into the honesty of China’s coronavirus numbers.

State Department counterterrorism envoy Nathan Sales speaks at a press conference.

Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator

Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector visits the Natanz enrichment facility, south of Tehran, on Jan. 20, 2014.

Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Expands Its Nuclear Stockpile

Two years after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has cut in half the time it would need to produce enough weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participate in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington on April 8.

Pompeo Emerges as Point Man in War of Words With China

His critics say he’s too busy attacking China to coordinate a global response to the pandemic. His supporters say he’s holding Beijing to account.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) presides over a target strike exercise conducted by the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in an undated photo.

North Korea Continues to Flout Trump, Advance Nuclear Ambitions

A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior. 

U.S. President Donald Trump with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a NATO meeting in London.

NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation

Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse.

An ambulance sits parked near the U.S. Capitol building.

Key Nominees Sit in Limbo as Trump Grapples with Senate

U.S. scrambling to fill major posts addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic aid.

USAID Administrator Mark Green speaks in Ecuador.

Outgoing USAID Chief Says Pandemic Underscores Importance of Foreign Aid

In an interview, Mark Green says this is no time to be slashing assistance to the developing world or global health.

The empty chamber of the U.N. headquarters

Can the United Nations Survive the Coronavirus?

In the absence of U.S. leadership, the U.N. is struggling to carve out a role in the face of what may be the greatest threat since its founding.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spread out to practice social distancing measures against the spread of the coronavirus at a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20.

Pandemic Stymies Congressional Check on Trump’s Foreign Policy

Public hearings and classified briefings are another political casualty in the age of contagion.

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