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The U.S. State Department headquarters is seen in Washington.
The U.S. State Department headquarters is seen in Washington.

The State Department Makes Life Difficult for Breastfeeding Mothers

At some U.S. missions abroad, diplomats are banned from bringing breast pumps into their offices.

Two GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs sit in the munitions storage area at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Nov. 27, 2020.
Two GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs sit in the munitions storage area at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Nov. 27, 2020.

Pentagon Balks at Sending Ukraine Long-Range Bombs

It’s not fear of escalation. It’s fear of being too late.

An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.
An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.

Turkey Is Sending Cold War-Era Cluster Bombs to Ukraine

The artillery-fired cluster munitions could be lethal to Russian troops—and Ukrainian civilians.

The Chinese and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations speak at the United Nations.
The Chinese and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations speak at the United Nations.

How an Unusual Coalition Outfoxed China and Russia at the U.N.

The United Nations, thanks to a clever procedural revolt by small countries, is finally moving to close one of its last gaps on international law.

Chad police officers patrol in the capital.
Chad police officers patrol in the capital.

A Narrow Escape, a Massacre, an Invite to Washington

U.S. officials hatched a plan to smuggle Chad’s pro-democracy leader to safety—while Washington planned to fete his tormentor.

A multiple rocket launcher fires at Russian positions in Donetsk.
A multiple rocket launcher fires at Russian positions in Donetsk.

U.S. Plans for a Hypothetical War Limit Aid to a Real One

“We’re measuring against a reality that no longer exists,” one congressional aide said.

Ukrainian soldiers check their weapons at a position on the front line in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region on Oct. 24, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers check their weapons at a position on the front line in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region on Oct. 24, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine Says It Needs More Guns, Shells, and Firepower

“We are requesting new rounds all the time that have longer range and more explosiveness,” said one Ukrainian military official.

Demonstrators with Tigray flags and posters march on the National Mall.
Demonstrators with Tigray flags and posters march on the National Mall.

Team Biden Balks on Africa Sanctions

As U.S. President Joe Biden ramps up sanctions on Russia, suspected war criminals in Africa escape unscathed.

A general view shows a United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on September 30, 2022.
A general view shows a United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on September 30, 2022.
A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is seen in front of an electoral poster of President Emmerson Mnangagwa
A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is seen in front of an electoral poster of President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Cafe Meeting Turns Into Tense Car Chase for U.S. Senate Aides in Zimbabwe

Leading lawmaker calls on Biden to address Zimbabwe’s “dire” authoritarian turn after the incident.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) speaks with Sen. Chris Coons
Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) speaks with Sen. Chris Coons

U.S. Foreign Aid Pilot Program Sparks Fight With Congress

A “game-changing” bill hits an impasse over programs in Haiti and Libya.

A signboard for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen past a shuttered gate in Yangon on Jan. 22, after energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the junta since last year's military coup.
A signboard for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen past a shuttered gate in Yangon on Jan. 22, after energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the junta since last year's military coup.

U.S. Eyes New Energy Sanctions on Myanmar After Execution of Activists

Oil and gas are a critical economic lifeline for Myanmar’s military junta.

U.S. State Department
U.S. State Department

State Department to Appoint New Envoy for Global Racial Justice

The appointment comes as the department grapples with correcting its own spotted record on diversity and inclusion.

David Satterfield speaks in Iraq.
David Satterfield speaks in Iraq.

U.S. Envoy for East Africa to Call It Quits

David Satterfield is expected to leave his post after just a few months on the job, leaving a big vacuum at a bad time.

A Chinese flag flies behind razor wire
A Chinese flag flies behind razor wire

Congress Splits Over How to Address LGBT Rights in China

A landmark report on human rights in China was delayed six months over a behind-the-scenes impasse on LGBTQ rights.

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A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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