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Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Alan B. Norman, director and chief test pilot, and Marillyn A. Hewson, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, next to an F-35 at the White House on July 23. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump Blocks Fighter Jet Transfer Amid Deepening U.S.-Turkey Rift

The decision is a blow to Ankara but could also complicate matters for Washington.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on October 5, 2017. (Photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images)

Space Force Is Trump’s Answer to New Russian and Chinese Weapons

But creating a new service branch is seen as a slap in the face to the Air Force.

Jay Sekulow attends event at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 29, 2014.

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Trump’s attorney is among the activists trying to strip Palestinians of their status.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, on May 17. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Post-ISIS Retreat Leaves Syria Vulnerable to Russia and Iran

The U.S. administration is reluctant to help with Syrian recovery.

Iranians take to the streets protesting the country's economic woes and the government in Tehran on June 25. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Turns up Heat on Iran’s Economy, Adding Fuel to Massive Protests

Experts question whether the resumption of sanctions will help topple the regime or strengthen it.

A car passes by Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on March 21. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Racism Groups Feel Tarred by Facebook’s Fight Against Fake Accounts

Latest discovery underscores challenge of countering disinformation campaigns.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels on July 11. (Tatyana Zenkovich/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Hits Turkey With Sanctions Over Jailed Pastor

The measure will further sour ties between two NATO allies.

A firing line of Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers take aim and fire at targets during a marksmanship training exercise to prepare for Operation Roundup, an SDF-led campaign to clear the last Islamic State strongholds, near Shaddadi, Syria, on May 27. (Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster/U.S. Army)

U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria

The jihadi group has lost nearly all its territory but is still seen as a threat.

Workers transferring soybeans at a port in Nantong, China on April 9. (AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s $12 Billion Bailout Is No Remedy for Farmers Caught in Trade War

Additional subsidy angers some lawmakers, and could cause problems at the WTO.

People's Liberation Army personnel attending the opening ceremony of China's new military base in Djibouti. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

The African country houses a key U.S. military base, making it a particular concern for Washington.

A group of U.S. soldiers keeps an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, on June 24. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)

Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria

But this type of warfare also gives the United States a chance to learn about the latest Russian technology.

A satellite view of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait near Yemen on March 28, 2015. (USGS/NASA Landsat/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Iran’s Yemeni Proxies Put Oil Shipments in Crosshairs

A Houthi attack on two Saudi oil tankers near Yemen could be an Iranian bid to hammer a key energy choke point.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers

The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (Photo by Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)

Congress Caves to Trump in Fight Over China’s ZTE

Lawmakers preparing a must-pass defense bill stripped out harsh penalties against the Chinese telecommunications firm after the White House intervened.

Auto workers rally against the Trump administration’s proposed auto tariffs in Washington on July 19. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade Wars Are Bad. They Could Soon Get a Lot Worse.

Possible auto tariffs weigh on Trump’s meeting with the European Commission president on Wednesday.

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

Trump-Putin Firestorm Brings Interpreters Out From the Shadows

U.S. politicians debate whether to force Trump’s interpreter to divulge contents of the private meeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the 50th anniversary of a gas pipeline to Europe in Vienna on June 5. (Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)

With Trump Going Soft on Nord Stream, Congress Moves to Kill the Pipeline

U.S. lawmakers, at least, worry that Europe’s reliance on Moscow for energy could give Russia key leverage.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin give a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s What Trump and Putin Actually Said in Helsinki

The press conference transcript—and what the White House edited out.

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