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View of Tehran shops that were destroyed after nationwide demonstrations broke out in protest of fuel price hikes and led to widespread destruction of property, on Nov. 20.

Iran Protests Suggest Trump Sanctions Are Inflicting Serious Pain

The regime has survived uprisings in the past. But now it is starting to kill demonstrators in great numbers.

Mike Pompeo at the State Department

Pompeo Thrust Into Impeachment Spotlight

The secretary of state takes flak from both chambers on Capitol Hill as his nominee for deputy gets grilled as well.

Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Erdogan’s Attacks on His Old Ally Could Backfire

The Turkish president is shutting down a university to punish former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for leaving the AKP and starting a new party, but he risks alienating precisely the voters he claims to champion.

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair as Israeli authorities demolish and relocate a school site

Trump Crushes Palestinian Hopes Again

The U.S. Middle East peace plan may be in a coma. But that hasn’t stopped Washington from handing major diplomatic victories to Israel.

Presidents of the United States and Ukraine meet in New York

Trump Resisted Sale of Javelins to Ukraine

Republicans are defending him in the impeachment inquiry by saying he gave more military aid than his predecessor, but it came only after the reluctant president was convinced it would be good for U.S. business.

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.

The State Department seen in Washington.

Trump Administration Targeted Career Diplomat, State Watchdog Says

Recent reports reveal a pattern of political retaliation, some without consequences, in Trump’s State Department.

Two diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, testify in the impeachment hearing.

Wednesday’s Biggest Winners Might Have Been U.S. Diplomats

Despite partisan bickering over the first public impeachment hearing into Trump's behavior, foreign service officers lauded the performance of two of their own, William Taylor and George Kent.

Representatives from Turkey, Russia, Iran, and Syria join Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, at the Syrian Constitutional Committee meeting in Geneva on Oct. 29.

As Assad Gains Ground, New Syria Talks Offer Little Hope of Peace

Ahead of Erdogan’s visit to Washington, insiders are pessimistic that the Geneva talks will lead to a political solution for Syria.

Protesters link arms to hold the line at a roadblock on the Ring Bridge in Beirut on Oct. 26.

To the Barricades in Beirut

Lebanese protesters are reappropriating roadblocks—long a mark of civil war-era division—as a symbol of unity.

A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle

The Child Soldier Crisis: ‘Kids Are Cheap’

The Pentagon’s Middle East policy chief decries new recruitment of children in Syria and the Yemen civil war.

Greenland, where the U.S. plans to open a new consulate under Trump.

Trump Puts Down New Roots in Greenland

Will the new U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Arctic get a warm welcome?

Left: Muhammad Naseer Sheikh covers the hole where an unexploded live shell is buried in Chakra, Indian-administered Kashmir, on Nov. 1. Right: The mortar fired from across the Line of Control hit the tin roof of Sheikh’s residence before getting buried in the ground near his house.

In the Line of Fire Along Kashmir’s Line of Control

Since India revoked Kashmiri autonomy in August, local villagers have been living in fear amid cross-border gunfire and unexploded shells.

Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces attend a funeral in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli

Pentagon Defends Murky Mission in Syria Oil Fields

The key question is whether U.S. troops have legal authority to fire on Syrian, Russian, or Iranian forces.

A man waves an Indian flag near Chungking Mansions, a popular haunt among minority South Asians and Africans in Hong Kong, as police keep watch at a crosswalk during a pro-democracy rally in Tsim Sha Tsui district on Oct. 27.

Hong Kong’s Minorities Face Racism From Police and Protesters

Ethnic tensions are coming to the fore, but many minorities find solidarity with activists.

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