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Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown

Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

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U.N. Questions Evidence Against Iran Over Missiles

Report says it is not clear that Tehran orchestrated an attack on Saudi oil facilities.

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Russia Proposes Moving U.N. Meetings to Europe 

Protesting U.S. visa delays for United Nations-based Russian diplomats, Moscow says some U.N. meetings should be held in Geneva or Vienna. 

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Europeans Ramp up Pressure on Iran

Britain, France, and Germany say Iran’s ballistic missile program is inconsistent with the nuclear deal and improves its capacity to deliver nuclear payload. Tehran counters that Europeans have failed to meet obligations under the pact.

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Diplomats’ Warnings Over Mass Deportations Ignored by Trump Administration

A memo details the Trump administration’s efforts to end waivers for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Central American nationals and send them home.

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Turkey Has Long Had Nuclear Dreams

Ankara has been contemplating developing nuclear weapons since the 1960s.

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After Three Years of Trump, Iranians Believe America Is a ‘Dangerous Country’

A poll finds that most Iranians believe better ballistic missiles and military supremacy in the Middle East will make their country safer.  

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On the Wagon: U.N. Cuts Back on Liquor, Interpreters, and Water Pitchers

Secretary-General António Guterres lays down the law in a new memo dealing with the cash crisis.

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How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death

Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general’s death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.

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How the U.S. Found Out About Russia’s First Nuclear Test 70 Years Ago

A newly published report shows it took the Truman administration nearly two weeks to confirm the news.

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Understanding the Trump Ukraine Call

An annotation of one of the most controversial and complicated moments of the Trump presidency.

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Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.

The British Bill That Slows a Hasty Brexit

Parliament delivers a blow to Boris Johnson’s power grab.

The Taliban’s Broken Pledge to Contain Terrorists

A generation ago, the Taliban promised to prevent Osama bin Laden from targeting Americans—then came 9/11.

State Department Defends U.N. Peacekeeping

The White House and Foggy Bottom are at odds over the value of blue helmets.

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Transcript Shows That Kissinger Dreaded All-Out Israeli Victory in Yom Kippur War 

Then-U.S. secretary of state feared too much winning would make Israel harder to influence.

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Document of the Week: U.N. Calls Out Syrian Propaganda Over Hospital Attacks

Assad’s shaky case for innocence in the face of war crimes charges crumbles at the United Nations.

Document of the Week: Trump’s Mistake Reminds the World of This 47-Year-Old Pact

Read the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

Document of the Week: Trump Administration Shrinks Iran’s U.S. Footprint

With the State Department imposing new travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats, New York City influencers trek across town to see Tehran’s foreign minister.

Document of the Week: Is the U.N. Revisiting the Ban on Big Tobacco?

Outgoing U.N. official pleads a case for the tobacco industry, saying health expertise and cigarette jobs can contribute to global prosperity and improved understanding of health risks.

Document of the Week: When Sweden Wanted Nukes

A 1963 U.S. intelligence assessment underscores how many countries—even Sweden—were exploring nuclear weapons programs at the height of the Cold War.

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