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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a news conference as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the announcement of the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran.

U.S. Slaps New Sanctions on Iran as U.N. Arms Embargo Set to Expire

Washington is trying to ensure the pressure stays on Iran, but Moscow could try to strengthen its ties to Tehran.

Anti-fascist protesters outside the court in Athens, Greece, where the trial of leaders and members of the Golden Dawn far-right party is taking place on Oct. 7.

Greece’s Golden Dawn Ruled a Criminal Organization

The ruling against Golden Dawn is a major victory for liberal democracy; U.S. vice presidential candidates discuss foreign-policy issues.

People protest against the results of parliamentary elections in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 5.

Crisis Grips Kyrgyzstan as Protesters Oust the Prime Minister

Anger over last weekend’s election results has boiled over into violent clashes between protesters and police, sparking another crisis in Russia’s backyard.

A car with U.S. President Donald Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 4.

Trump Returns to White House Amid Outbreak

Urging his supporters not to fear the virus, Trump’s ordeal has invited a new wave of criticism.

Marshall Billingslea, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, speaks during a press conference on June 23 in Vienna after the United States and Russia met for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement.

U.S. and Russia Meet for Nuclear Talks as Landmark Treaty Nears End

The only remaining nuclear arms control treaty between Washington and Moscow expires in February and the two governments are still at loggerheads over the terms of a new agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on the South Lawn of the White House after a trip to Baltimore, Maryland on May 25.

Trump Has COVID-19. How Will It Affect the Campaign?

Donald and Melania Trump have both tested positive for the coronavirus, adding a jolt to the final month of the U.S. election campaign.

European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrive for a news conference after a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

EU Leaders Plan Response to Belarus Crisis and Greece-Turkey Tensions

The bloc could decide to impose sanctions on Belarus, but much hinges on the stance it chooses to take on Turkey.

A picture taken on Sep. 29 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, shows a portrait of the country's late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

The Death of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Could Diminish the Country’s International Standing

The Middle East’s shifting balance of power could upend Kuwait’s traditional status as a regional mediator.

A worker sprays disinfectant.

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 1 Million

As a second wave hits much of the world, there's still no end to the pandemic in sight.

Mobile artillery units of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh hold a position outside the settlement of Hadrut, on April 5, 2016.

Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Brink of War After Deadly Clashes

Dozens are reportedly injured in the worst round of violence between the two countries in years.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Trump Readies His Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With Senate Republicans firmly behind him, the president said a decision will come Saturday.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko attends his inauguration ceremony.

Lukashenko Sworn in as Belarus President as EU Mulls Sanctions

Punishing Belarus will depend on how the bloc chooses to respond to Turkey.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu speaks at the General Debate of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Zambia Is on the Verge of a Pandemic-Related Debt Default

The government has asked investors for relief on interest payments, a potential sign of a wider debt crisis among developing countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sep. 24, 2019.

Trump Snubs U.N. as General Debate Opens

U.S. officials still likely to use the General Assembly to push for more pressure on Iran.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Oct. 26, 2010, in Long Beach, California.

U.S. Election Heats Up After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death

Republicans prepare to confirm her replacement as Democrats cry foul.

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