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‘Vietnam’ 9: An unfinished tale
Despite striving for nuance, episode 9 favors those who opposed the war more than those who fought it.
In Unprecedented Reversal, Kenya’s Top Court Throws Out Election Result
International observers were quick to endorse the results of last month's presidential election. Now they're facing uncomfortable questions.
John Kerry Slams Trump Administration in Harvard Commencement Speech
Reminding everyone at Harvard that free trade is great, Trump is bad, and climate change is real.
To Assuage Russia, Obama Administration Backed Off Syria Chemical Weapons Plan
The campaign to punish Assad for attacking his people with chlorine bombs took a back seat to Kerry's diplomacy with Moscow
Kerry’s Mideast Peace Push Is Too Little, Too Late
The U.S. secretary of state’s speech laying out terms for a two-state solution is the final example of the Obama administration’s failure to move the needle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kerry on Israel: Two-State Solution Is in Serious Jeopardy
John Kerry rebuked Benjamin Netanyahu's administration and outlined a potential, but improbable, path for peace.
Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration
Senators unanimously extend sanctions on Iran in a symbolic message to Tehran, ending a tentative thaw in U.S relations.
Kerry to Climate Change Summit Attendees, and Trump: ‘We Don’t Get a Second Chance’
Secretary Kerry addressed climate change negotiators Wednesday. But his real message was to Donald Trump.
Kerry’s March to the Penguins
Why Secretary Kerry is Stopping in Antarctica Before Next Week’s Trip to Morocco for the U.N. Climate Change Summit
John Kerry Consults with Russians on Syria Less Than 48 Hours After Suspending Ties
Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the situation in Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after the State Department announced a suspension in “bilateral channels with Russia” related to reducing the violence in Syria.
U.S. Scrambles to Support Santos After Shock Defeat of Peace Deal
The setback in Bogota also dealt a blow to Washington, which had been banking on a settlement after spending more than $10 billion over 16 years to combat the FARC.
U.S. Halts Cooperation with Russia on Syrian War
The suspension of talks is the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Obama and Putin.
Push to Sanction Syria for Using Chemical Weapons Hits Russian Resistance
The United States, Britain, and France want to punish Assad’s use of chemical weapons. But Moscow won’t play ball.
U.S. and Russia Play Blame Game Over Syria Cease-Fire Breaches
Kerry calls on Syria and Russia to immediately ground their war planes in order to salvage a moribund, but last-ditch, cease-fire.
U.S. To Take In An Extra 25,000 Refugees in 2017
Obama is set to announce a 30 percent increase in refugees.
Russia Says It Will Host Peace Talks Between Israel and the Palestinians
Putin looks to succeed where Obama and Kerry have failed.
Highlights From Boris Johnson’s Excruciatingly Awkward Press Conference
Boris Johnson and John Kerry had a shared press conference on Tuesday. It didn't go so well for Boris.
Kerry Warns Turkey That Actions Could Have NATO Consequences
Secretary of State John Kerry warned the Turkish government Monday that its NATO membership could be jeopardized if it goes too far with its ongoing purge of thousands of military personnel, judges, and police officers accused of involvement in last weekend's failed coup attempt.
U.S. Navy Officers in Crosshairs Over Iran Debacle
A military investigation into a bungled mission in the Persian Gulf could end the careers of several officers.