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Greed and Graft at U.N. Climate Program

Whistleblowers and experts allege corruption at a United Nations Development Program project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Russia, according to a Foreign Policy investigation.

Guatemala's Ixil people at burial of victims of Guatemala's 1982 civil war massacre, in the Quiche village of Nebaj on July 30, 2014.

Guatemala Declares War on History

Looking for help on immigration, the Trump administration is silent in the face of Guatemala’s effort to seal its dirty war archive.

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Kafka Would Impeach Trump

Everything about the Mueller report is ambiguous—except its ultimate moral meaning.

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What the Mueller Report Tells Us About Russia’s Designs on 2020

Political chaos in Washington is what Moscow was hoping for all along, U.S. intelligence officials say. And the Kremlin would like to create more of it.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 16, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

And Now the Mueller Backlash Begins

With Trump somewhat vindicated by the special counsel, chances of impeachment are dimming.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at a press conference with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in Guatemala City on Feb. 28, 2018. (Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty Images)

Corrupt Guatemalans’ GOP Lifeline

U.S. Republicans are weakening a U.N. anti-corruption investigation into President Jimmy Morales. What are they getting in exchange?

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gets on an elevator after speaking with the media at Trump Tower on Dec. 6. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business

After his financial disasters two decades ago, no U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in.

Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp were United Nations experts working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Family photos/Foreign Policy illustration)

Congolese Cover-Up

The U.N. concluded two of its investigators, an American and a Swede, were killed in a random ambush in Congo. But evidence suggests they may have walked into a government trap.

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

What’s Bad for Trump Is Worse for Putin

The Kremlin can expect more sanctions and more investigations from a Democratic House.

Then-Congressman Mike Pompeo listens as Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Has Been Undermining the State Department Since the Benghazi Investigation

Trump's nominee for secretary of state must answer for the false claims and recycled conspiracies he propagated.

The sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 21, 2012 at the United Nations office in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Sexual Assault Investigations Die in Darkness

Leaked reports reveal the organization's faulty forensics on sexual misconduct — and the culture of impunity they produce.

Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)  of the Senate Intelligence Committee listen to testimony from Intelligence officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Demand Investigation Into Lack of Whistleblower Protections for Spies

Senate leaders across party lines are concerned intelligence community watchdogs are failing to protect whistleblowers.

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Deep Pockets, Deep Cover

The UAE Is paying Ex-CIA officers to build a spy empire in the Gulf

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court on Dec. 1, in Washington, DC.(Brendan Smialowksi/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law

Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.

Michael Flynn after his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse on December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal

It might be a dramatic breakthrough in the investigation of Donald Trump — or a revelation of Robert Mueller’s weak hand.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) arrives at the Capitol ahead of the weekly party luncheons September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Legislators from both parties are preparing for an intense calendar of issues in the coming weeks including tax and immigration reform. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Senate’s Russia Investigators Need to Slow Down

The chairman is trying to hurry to wrap things up, but there's a ton more work to do.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
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Is Trump Jr.’s Meeting Evidence of a Conspiracy or a Circus?

A meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. has made a Russian attorney and an Azerbaijani pop star household names.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08:  Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn-in before testifing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with president.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A Shining Comey on a Hill

Can the former FBI director lead us back to our better selves?

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The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

The airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed the toxic material, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.

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The Coldest Case

Eugene Mallove gave up everything to pursue the holy grail of nuclear energy. Did it cost him his life?

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When Wall Street Went to Africa

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. 

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The Corleones of the Caspian

How Azerbaijan's dictator woos the United States and Europe.

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Unarmed Guards, Bogus Terror Drills, and 96 Tons of Plutonium

Three years after Fukushima, Japanese officials insist their nuclear facilities are safe. They're not.

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Gag Order

Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?

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Meet the Spies Doing the NSA’s Dirty Work

This obscure FBI unit does the domestic surveillance that no other intelligence agency can touch.

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Scuttled at Sea

How maritime unions sunk America’s food aid reform.

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‘We Knew They Were Coming’

The untold story of al-Shabab's murderous attack on the U.N. in Mogadishu.

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Bad Medicine

India is flooding the world with tainted drugs -- and getting away with it.

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No Exit

The Kafka-esque story of the U.S. translators being held against their will in a Kuwaiti hangar.

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How Congress Screwed Up America’s Security Clearance System

Blame profits, politics -- and a huge growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions.

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Secret Cold War Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Senators

...along with Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and a Washington Post humorist.

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The Cowboy of the NSA

Inside Gen. Keith Alexander's all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.

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A Death in the Family

USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.

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Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.

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