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An aircraft flies above white snowy mountains.
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Robert Malley, a man with glasses, is seen from the side against a black background.

Iran Deal Talks Go Into Overtime

The top U.S. negotiator is making a last-ditch trip to Vienna.

Two men in suits walk arm-in-arm in a crowd.
Two men in suits walk arm-in-arm in a crowd.

U.S. Follows Russia in Dueling Trips to Africa

Blinken to travel to the continent after Lavrov’s “charm offensive” tour.

Macron and his wife look at an old book.
Macron and his wife look at an old book.
People sit atop a howitzer.
People sit atop a howitzer.
Biden waves from a plane entrance while wearing a mask.
Biden waves from a plane entrance while wearing a mask.

Biden Heads to a Nervous Middle East

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia want a stronger deterrence stance on Iran.

A silhouette of a person on a tank.
A silhouette of a person on a tank.

Putin’s Invasion Has Turbocharged NATO Defense Spending

The alliance’s leaders push for more muscular deterrence after summit in Madrid.

A missile is fired.
A missile is fired.
Lloyd Austin stares down, wearing a suit, his hands clasped together.
Lloyd Austin stares down, wearing a suit, his hands clasped together.

Biden’s Defense Chief Puts Alliances at Center Stage of U.S. Defense

A 10-day world tour ended with a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.

Lloyd Austin walks off a plane on red stairs.
Lloyd Austin walks off a plane on red stairs.

U.S. Defense Secretary to Meet Chinese Counterpart

China has gained military and diplomatic footholds in Cambodia and the Solomon Islands.

A man in a suit stands and points before colorful red flags.
A man in a suit stands and points before colorful red flags.
A boy sits on the ruins of a building.
A boy sits on the ruins of a building.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, speaks in front of flags at a podium.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, speaks in front of flags at a podium.

The Turkey-Sized Roadblock to NATO Expansion

Bumps in the road stall Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance.

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A silhouette of a soldier who's looking out over a sandy expanse and rock faces.

The Islamic State Sets Its Sights on Africa

U.S. officials fear that Africa’s Sahel region is becoming a melting pot of terrorist groups.

People sit around a circular table while Zelensky speaks on a large video screen in the background.
People sit around a circular table while Zelensky speaks on a large video screen in the background.
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