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Sen. Robert Menendez speaks at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Senior Democratic Senator Demands Answers on Pompeo Call Clampdown

Menendez accuses Trump administration of obscuring communications with foreign leaders in wake of impeachment inquiry.

U.S. diplomats William Taylor and George Kent testify at House impeachment hearing

With State Department Under Fire, Lawmakers Form a Diplomacy Caucus

The bipartisan House move seeks to bolster support for U.S. diplomats as Ukraine impeachment inquiry puts heat on the foreign service.

State Department officials testify in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Diplomats Who Testified in Impeachment Inquiry Get Lifeline Through Legal Fund

Donors across the United States have provided more than a quarter of a million dollars so far.

A U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk drone lands at Misawa Air Base for a temporary intra-theater routine deployment in Japan on June 1, 2018.

With an Eye Toward China, Pentagon Weighs Slashing Global Hawk Drone

The surveillance aircraft on the chopping block is a variant of the type that Iran shot down this summer.

President Donald Trump visits U.S. troops in Japan.

Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan

The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Officials Vent Impeachment, Transparency Frustrations at State Department Forum

Career diplomats question leadership over the lack of openness and failure to defend colleagues.

Syrians drive past a town in northeastern Syria following a Turkish bombardment.

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Alleged War Crimes by Turkish-Backed Forces in Syria

Senators are also questioning the State Department on whether U.S.-origin defense equipment sold to Turkey was used in such incidents.

The State Department is seen in Washington.

Senior State Official Accused of Mismanagement to Step Down

Kevin Moley, the top U.S. diplomat overseeing international organizations affairs, will retire next month.

A woman covers her face as she stands along the side of a road near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain.

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria

Photos of children show horrific burns caused by what looks like white phosphorus.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in Washington.

Rights Groups Miss Out on Millions in Foreign Aid Due to U.S. Spending Restrictions

Congress won’t let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.

One of the two top political leaders of the Syrian Kurdish alliance and co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council Ilham Ahmed attends a press conference, in Paris, on Dec. 21, 2018.   (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite Syria ‘Safe Zone,’ Kurdish Leader Fears Threat from Turkey

Troops’ movement on the border has Kurds worried about a Turkish assault.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a bilateral meeting with Vice Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Prince Khalid bin Salman at the Pentagon August 29, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25, 2018.

Senior Officials Concede Loss of U.S. Clout as Trump Prepares For U.N. Summit

State Department meeting highlights internal alarm at China’s growing influence in international organizations.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, then acting secretary of state, addresses press at the U.S. Department of State in Washington on April 20, 2018.

State Department Failed to Shield Its Diplomats From Political Reprisals, Officials Concede

But the department’s top leaders say they can’t sack the Trump appointee at the center of scandal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Kosovar President Hashim Thaci during a summit on the Balkans in Sofia, Bulgaria, on May 17, 2018.

U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy

Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.