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A Sri Lankan woman cries during a burial service for a bomb blast victim in a cemetery in Colombo on April 23, two days after a series of bomb attacks targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.

The Islamic State’s New Afterlife

Sunday’s attack in Sri Lanka is just the latest evidence of the group’s persistent influence.

An Iranian laborer walks on the platform of the oil facility on Kharg Island off the coast of Iran.

Trump’s Big Iran Oil Gamble

By seeking to cut Iranian exports to zero, the U.S. president is taking a major economic and political risk.

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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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

With Trump’s Talks Faltering, Putin Wants In on the North Korea Game

Meeting Kim Jong Un may be the Russian leader’s latest effort to undermine the Americans.

Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels attend a rally  in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 26. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Yemen Veto Could Still Cost Saudis

Democratic lawmaker mulls sanctioning Saudis tied to the humanitarian blockade on the war-torn country.

U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan delivers remarks at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 9. (Department of Defense photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

The Trials of Patrick Shanahan

After months of uncertainty, Trump’s acting defense secretary is making his presence felt inside the administration.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, with his German counterpart, Peter Altmaier, discuss European Union industrial policy on Feb. 19. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Fearing Populism, France and Germany Flee Into the Past

Europe’s top economies are trying to take on China and the United States by resurrecting industrial policy. Brussels is not happy.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia, listens to his lawyers while standing inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow on Jan. 22. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

The Maddening Limbo of Paul Whelan

Four months into the former U.S. Marine’s detention in Moscow, Washington is struggling to help free him—or even get him answers.

A visitor walks past the logo of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei at the Hannover Messe technology fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 1. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Tries a Softer Approach in Anti-Huawei Campaign

The Trump administration claims progress in signing up European allies in the fight against Beijing.

Sudanese demonstrators gather in central Khartoum after the toppling of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

In Sudan, a Transition to Democracy or a Military Power Play?

Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule is over, but demonstrators reject the army’s plan.

Pro-Brexit activist Joseph Afrane demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Brussels Bets a Delay Until Halloween Will Spook Britons into Staying

With support for Brexit eroding, EU leaders hope the long postponement will kill the plan for good.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on April 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

Will Congress Let Trump Build More Nuclear Weapons?

The administration and Capitol Hill are on a collision course over the future of U.S. nukes.

Shinzo Abe speaks at his party's headquarters in Oct. 2017 (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

How Japan Became the Adult at the Trade Table

While Washington withdraws from multilateral deals, Tokyo has been uncharacteristically leading efforts to save them.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with leaders from Israel, Greece, and Cyprus to discuss plans for a gas pipeline from the Mediterranean to Europe in Jerusalem on March 20. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Lawmakers Talk Turkey to Ankara

New legislation is aimed at forcing the recalcitrant NATO ally back into the fold.

Sudanese protesters wave a national flag atop a military vehicle next to soldiers near military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, on April 7. (AFP/Getty Images)

How Two U.S. Presidents Reshaped America’s Policy Toward Sudan

As thousands protest the Bashir regime, Washington has helped legitimize it.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Eyes Plans to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Afghanistan, Iraq

Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses trade policy with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House on April 4. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

In Trump’s Economy, the Invisible Hand Belongs to the Government

The state’s role in the U.S. economy has expanded dramatically under President Trump, even as he pushes China to exert less control.

Yemenis dig graves for children who where killed when their bus was hit during a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on Aug. 9, 2018. (Stringer/AFP/ Getty Images)

Congress Is Finally Done With the War in Yemen

U.S. lawmakers are making a historic push for peace. But a Trump veto is all but assured.

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