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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.

A Uighur woman stands beside a propaganda painting showing soldiers meeting with a Uighur family, outside a military hospital near Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region on July 2, 2019.

The World Bank Was Warned About Funding Repression in Xinjiang

A school supported by the $50 million loan purchased barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armor.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attends a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on April 2.

Trump’s National Security Advisor to Visit Belarus

The highest-level trip this century will likely anger the Kremlin, even as the U.S. president tries to bring Russia back into the G-7.

The Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as seen on March 5, 2001.

The Mystery Man in the Senate Russia Report

New details suggest Moscow’s interference in the U.S. election may have been more extensive than thought, experts say.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the United States blamed on Iran in Washington on June 13, 2019.

Lawmakers Redouble Push to Stop Trump From Going to War With Iran

The U.S. president’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran is creating strange bedfellows in Congress.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks over at Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman during the opening day of the G-20 Leaders' Summit 2018 in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology

The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from Baghdad during a brief visit to Iraq on May 7.

Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say

The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran’s influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.

Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march calling on the European Union to do more on China's crackdown against Uighurs, in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counterterrorism Official Provokes Outcry

Rights activists say upcoming trip by U.N. diplomat could reinforce Beijing’s line that Uighur activists are terrorists.

A flag is waved over protests in Khartoum, Sudan, on May 3.

Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor

Former U.S. diplomat Donald Booth expected to address the bloody impasse between military and protesters as U.N. officials warn of spiraling violence.

G7 leaders pose for a photo during the G7 summit in Sicily on May 26, 2017.

U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality

This time it’s a G-7 joint statement ahead of a meeting of national leaders in August.

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton as he speaks at the White House on April 9, 2018.

More Democrats Accuse Trump of Inflating Iran Intelligence

A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington is pictured on Nov. 7, 2018.

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

Callixte Mbarushimana during a hearing at The Hague’s International Criminal Court on Sept. 15, 2011.

The Alleged War Criminal in the U.N.’s Midst

Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, will the U.N. at last pursue one of its own former officials?

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