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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Berlin on June 30, 2014.

Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker

Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?   

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget,  speaks at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2018.

Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy

Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 6.

Diplomats Losing Out to Trump Picks for Top Spots

Current and former U.S. officials say the deluge of political appointees at the State Department is hurting American diplomacy.

The State Department headquarters in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers

Report says the two appointees targeted career officials they perceived as politically disloyal.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement after his dismissal at the State Department in Washington, D.C.,  on March 13, 2018.

Hiring Freeze Put U.S. Diplomats Under Threat Worldwide, Report Says

Many programs in counterterrorism, global health, and cybersecurity are also struggling.

British Trade Secretary Liz Truss arrives at No. 10 Downing St. for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25.

Capitol Hill Could Imperil Any New U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal

Despite Trump’s eagerness to help a post-Brexit Britain, plenty of obstacles stand in the way—and not just the usual suspects.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participate in a training maneuver using an armored vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo province, on Jan. 16.

Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive

U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”

A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Aug. 5.

Currency War With China Dooms Trade Talks

Trump’s puzzling move to ratchet up tensions won’t work, experts say.

Supporters of Cameroonian President Paul Biya's party, the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement, walk through Bongo Square under the watch of a gendarme in Buea, Cameroon, on Oct. 3, 2018.

African Governments Rush to Hire Trump-Linked Lobbyists 

Accused of atrocities, Cameroon is only the latest to jump in, employing a firm that just brought on Donald Trump’s former acting attorney general.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

A woman and a girl chat next to a television news screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at the test-fire of a new multiple rocket launcher, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug. 1.

North Korean Missile Dismissed as ‘Standard’ by Trump Threatens U.S. Military

Defense experts fear Pyongyang has developed a new rocket that can penetrate U.S. defenses.

U.S. Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser confers with a colleague as U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his appointment as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington on July 30.

Advocates Decry ‘Public Shaming’ of General’s Accuser

Critics call the treatment of Col. Spletstoser during confirmation hearings for Trump’s Joint Chiefs vice chair a setback for efforts to reform the way the military handles sexual assault.

A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Trump’s Shadow War on Climate Science

The resignation of a State Department official is the latest instance of a systematic suppression of evidence, former officials and whistleblowers say.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington on June 28, 2018.

Can Trump’s Pick for Intel Chief Tell the President What He Needs to Hear?

Critics say John Ratcliffe may be too political to be believed as the next director of national intelligence.

Turkey’s Yavuz drillship, seen from shore of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is one of several operating in Cypriot waters, sparking a rebuke from the European Union.

Turkey’s Big Energy Grab

Ankara is eyeing the gas reserves around Cyprus, causing yet more international tensions.

A member of the Jordanian armed forces carries a toddler from the informal Rukban camp, which lies in no-man's-land off the border between Syria and Jordan, outside a U.N.-operated medical clinic immediately on the Jordanian side on March 1, 2017.

Syria’s Assad Is Deliberately Starving Thousands of Refugees

U.S. officials say they are pressuring the regime to allow U.N. aid deliveries to the Rukban camp.

Russian President Vladimir Putin casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow on Sept. 18, 2016.

Scope of Russian Election Hacking Remains Unclear 

Volume one of a long-awaited Senate report on Kremlin targeting of election systems finds all 50 states may have been targeted. 

The British warship HMS Montrose is seen docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol on Feb. 3, 2014.

Britain’s Power Play in the Persian Gulf

The United Kingdom hopes to get European countries to join it in a maritime coalition to protect vulnerable tankers near Iran.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Office of Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 24.

Mueller Fears Trump’s Embrace of Russian Interference Could Be a ‘New Normal’

In hours of grilling on Capitol Hill, the former U.S. special counsel reveals little new but issues a stark warning.

U.S. Sen. James Risch, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 19.

Senators Break Ranks Over Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Relations Committee, in a rare breach of decorum, engages in a bitter dispute over how to pressure Riyadh.

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