Patrice Lumumba, left, first Prime Minister of independent Congo in 1960. The CIA celebrated his death.
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Detailed accounts from original documents offer insights into the secret operations of the CIA in Africa.
At least 13 former Trump administration officials, including Jared Kushner and Kayleigh McEnany, pictured here, violated the Hatch Act, according to a new federal investigation released Nov. 9, 2021.
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More than a dozen Trump administration officials are said to have violated a federal law that bars federal employees from political campaigning. They weren’t the first to have run afoul of the law.
Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019.
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America has historically been a strong Ethiopia ally, but this latest move to withhold foreign direct assistance has thrown its loyalty into question.
Mike Pompeo: on his own on Iran.
The US bid to impose so-called ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran was roundly rejected by the UN security council.
Critics have accused Mike Pompeo of sculpting policy out of his religious beliefs.
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A commission set up by the US Secretary of State says religious freedom and property rights should be elevated above other rights. It has prompted concern from faith-based and secular critics alike.
A demonstrator protesting a disputed election wearing a headband in support of the Green Movement, Tehran, June 15, 2009.
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The conflict between Iran and the US has gone on for decades. A scholar of social movements in Iran asks why the US has consistently failed to support that country’s activist reform movements.
The home of MI6 in central London.
Tensions have emerged before over US-UK intelligence sharing, but the Johnson government’s decision over Huawei is different.
Israeli authorities demolish water wells in the area around the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, near the West Bank city of Hebron.
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The US no longer views Israeli settlements on the West Bank as going against international law. What this means for Palestinians.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, and Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds at the AUSMIN talks in Sydney.
Australia is expected to announce the commitment soon as US-Iran tensions remain high.
The USS Arlington – which is being sent to the Gulf as part of a naval strike group.
Both Iran and the US say they are not seeking a war, but it could happen by default.
Three British teenagers, including Shamima Begum, center, left the U.K. to join the Islamic State in 2015. Begum wants to return home now.
Many of the men and women who left homes in the West to join ISIS or similar terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq as fighters or supporters now want to come home. Should they be allowed back?
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
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A Cold War era treaty helped dismantle more than 2,500 missiles between the US and Russia.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain.
Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Nikki Haley, the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has announced the US will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council.
The UN human rights council can certainly be improved, but the worst way to do that is by walking away.
Mike Pompeo was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state on April 26.
The new secretary of state once called the Iran nuclear deal ‘unconscionable.’ If he supports Trump’s instinct to scrap the agreement on May 12, it could unleash violence across the volatile Mideast.
Sens. Bob Corker and Bob Menendez look on during the second round of questioning of Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo.
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Senate confirmation for many of President Trump’s nominees has been tough. In this speed read, The Conversation asks: What is Senate confirmation, and why do we do it?
Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with Syrian army soldiers in Ghouta, Syria in March 2018.
History suggests it would be a big mistake.
US President Donald Trump after sacking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Relations between the US and Africa are unlikely to improve while Trump remains president. But that doesn’t mean the continent should remain passive.
Gina Haspel addresses The Office of Strategic Services Society in 2017.
A new head could help repair the president’s relationship with the spy agency, but only if leaders stop playing politics with intelligence.