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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki; High-Flying News From a Big British Air Show; U.S. Army Steps into the Future

Catch up on everything you need to know about the Trump-Putin meeting, big air shows in Europe, and other top news.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects Sindo county in a recently released, undated photo. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea Exploits Diplomatic Opening; Trump Administration Divided

North Korea appears to be stepping up clandestine fuel and missile production.

Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listen to him give remarks as they gathered in front of the AK Party headquarters on June 25, 2018 in Ankara, Turkey.  Mustafa Kirazli/Getty Images

Security Brief: Fight Brewing Over Turkish F-35; Trump Backs Space Force

Trump is headed for a collision with Congress and military leaders after backing space force.

South Korean activists hold placards showing images of the Trump-Kim summit and a South Korea-U.S. joint military drill during a rally to demand a halt to the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercise, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on June 15. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: North Korea Summit Aftermath; Cyber Authorities

The real work of implementing the agreement quickly spun up after the summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at a press briefing June 11, 2018 in Singapore. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Set to Meet Kim; What to Expect in Singapore

Trump administration officials are downplaying the possibility of a breakthrough agreement.

President Donald Trump stands with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, on the South Lawn of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea Summit Back On; End of the Korean War?

American and North Korean diplomats scramble to make arrangements for June 12 summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting on May 26, 2018 in Panmunjom, North Korea. Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea Diplomacy Kicks Into High Gear

The Trump administration appears to be trying to salvage a summit set for June 12.

President Donald Trump walks with three Americans released from North Korea, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim at Joint Base Andrews on May 9, 2018 in Maryland. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Has Second Thoughts on DPRK; Pompeo’s ‘Plan B’ for Iran

Trump is quizzing his South Korean counterpart on North Korean intentions.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks across as the tarmac as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to greet American detainees Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul that were freed by North Korea. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Unclear U.S. Demands on North Korea; Iran Deal Fall Out

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo provides security guarantees to Pyongyang but struggles to articulate American demands.

CIA director nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on May 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Haspel Nomination Fight, Iran Deal Deadline Looms

Gina Haspel wanted to withdraw her nomination before the White House prevailed upon her.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are in talks during the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Admin Drives Hard Line on Korea; Details on Kim’s Offer

After a historic summit light on details, White House reiterates tough demands for North Korean denuclearization.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Gen. John Nicholson at the Resolute Support Mission headquarters on an unannounced visit to Kabul on March 13, 2018.
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Security Brief: Russia Providing Arms to Taliban; China’s Global Kidnapping Campaign

"We've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and [they] said, this was given by the Russians to the Taliban."

Demonstrators dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace during a peace rally in Seoul on November 5, 2017.  ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: White House Sends Mixed Messages on North Korea Talks

The Trump administration can't get its message straight on talks with North Korea.

H.R. McMaster, national security advisor, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House on February 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images)

Security Brief: McMaster on the Way Out? Putin Touts New Nukes

Mounting reports point toward National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's departure from the White House.

MUNICH, GERMANY : National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Security Brief: U.S. Officials Reassure Allies in Munich; Mueller Indicts 13 Russians

Trump administration officials spent the weekend in Munich telling their European counterparts to please ignore President Donald Trump’s tweets and to focus on their more sober-minded statements.

A picture taken on February 3, 2018, shows smoke billowing from the site of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in Syria's northwest province of Idlib. AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR

SitRep: Russian Jet Shot Down Over Syria; Israeli Targeted Killings

A new case of MANPAD usage in Syria; Ronen Bergman provides a new history of Israeli targeted killings.

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