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A man walks by a bench featuring a U.S. flag outside a store in Beijing on May 15.

China Raises Threat of Rare-Earths Cutoff to U.S.

Beijing could slam every corner of the American economy, from oil refineries to wind turbines to jet engines, by banning exports of crucial minerals.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to visit with families of fallen soldiers as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, follow at Dover Air Force base in Delaware on Jan. 19.

Why Pompeo Flew to Baghdad in a Hurry

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi says the U.S. secretary of state was informed of Iranian missiles at an Iraqi base.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks on a morning TV show from the grounds of the White House in Washington on May 9, 2018.

U.S. Hard-line Stance on Iran Rattles Allies

As Trump’s national security team barrels toward a confrontation in the Persian Gulf, Europe is starting to balk.

The Saudi tanker Amjad was one of two damaged by sabotage attacks near the Emirati port of Fujairah, part of an apparent pattern of Iranian retaliation for U.S. pressure, on May 13.

Using Proxies, Iran Appears to Be Hitting Back in the Fight Over Oil

Experts believe Tehran is behind recent attacks on Saudi oil installations and vessels.

British newspapers show U.S. Republican candidate and President-elect Donald Trump on their front pages the day after he was announced the winner in U.S. presidential elections on Nov. 9, 2016.

How Pro-Iran Hackers Spoofed FP and the News Media

Fake news articles and tweets sought to cast Saudi Arabia and other rivals of Tehran in a bad light.

The Anthem Blue Cross headquarters in Woodland Hills, California, is seen on Feb. 9, 2010.

The Enduring Mystery of Who Hacked Anthem

A massive breach at the American health insurer was thought to be the work of Chinese spies.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters during a flight from El Paso, Texas, after visiting the southern U.S. border on Feb. 23.

The Pentagon Is Finally Getting a New Defense Secretary

The long-awaited appointment of Patrick Shanahan allows Pentagon leaders to finally move forward on filling key positions.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln sails with the Abraham Lincoln and John C. Stennis carrier strike groups as they conduct carrier strike force operations in the U.S. 6th fleet.

U.S. Digs in Deeper in Middle East With New Hardware

As a warning to Iran, United States deployed additional military forces to the region on Friday, including the USS Arlington and a Patriot missile battery.

A portrait of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with shoe marks over it during a demonstration in support of the Iranian people amid a wave of protests spreading throughout Iran in Paris on Jan. 3, 2018.

Iran Sends a Threat, and Europe Scrambles

Some diplomats and experts worry the nuclear deal is on the verge of unraveling.

Palestinian amputees break their fast at a community center that was destroyed during the two-day escalation, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 8.

The Next Round in Gaza Will Be Deadlier

An Israeli-Palestinian truce ended the fighting but didn’t address the issues driving it.

A Ukrainian flag flies in front of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission in Kiev on March 12.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Recalled in ‘Political Hit Job,’ Lawmakers Say

Marie Yovanovitch stepping down as ambassador follows attacks from both right-wing media figures in the United States and a senior Ukrainian official.

Smoke billows from a large steel plant as a Chinese laborer works at an unauthorized steel factory in Inner Mongolia, China, on Nov. 4, 2016.

China Rises in U.N. Climate Talks, While U.S. Goes AWOL

As the global body becomes increasingly identified with tackling climate change, Trump refuses to take part, handing the reins to Beijing.

Smoke billows from a targeted neighborhood in Gaza City during an Israeli airstrike on the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave on May 5.

The Future Is Here, and It Features Hackers Getting Bombed

Israeli armed forces responded to a Hamas cyberattack by bombing the group’s hacking headquarters.

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside the West Wing in Washington on May 1.

U.S. Mulls Military Options in Venezuela

Experts think any U.S. action would be limited.

Anti-government protesters clash with security forces in Caracas during the commemoration of May Day on May 1.

Playing Cat and Mouse With Venezuela’s Internet Censors

In an effort to keep the military connected and protesters offline, Maduro embraces nimble internet censorship.

Attendees hold rainbow flags during a march to honor LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker in New York City on June 14, 2017.

Congress Wants State Department to Reckon With the ‘Lavender Scare’

Gay employees were hounded from office in a dark episode of State Department history from the 1950s and ’60s, and many committed suicide.

A wolf skin is laid out on a pool table in the clubhouse of the Donbass Night Wolves motorcycle club in Luhansk on March 17, 2015. Members of the club have been fighting alongside rebels of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.

Going Toe-to-Toe With Ukraine’s Separatist Hackers

The proliferation of cyberespionage tools empower even small breakaway regions to run digital intelligence operations.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25.

To Counter China and Russia, U.S. Mulls Inviting Hungary’s Orban to D.C.

Team Trump is trying to pull Hungary back from its cozy relationship with Moscow and Beijing. But it comes at a cost, critics say.

Personnel in the South Sudan People's Defence Forces, formerly named the Sudan People's Liberation Army, take part in a drill at their barracks south of Juba, South Sudan, on April 26. (Alex McBride/AFP/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Diplomats Lobby to Stop South Sudan War Crimes Court

The move sparked anger among experts, who see the court as critical to peace.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks at Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they take their places for a group photo during the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

Trump May Like Putin. His Administration Doesn’t.

How the U.S. president’s Russia rapprochement never came to pass.

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