US Foreign Policy
How America presents itself to the world — and what the world sees.
These are the countries that have (probably) paid hostage ransom to the Islamic State
The fate of two hostages could be decided today.
Want to go to Cuba from the US? Here are 6 tips to decipher the new rules
You might think the new rules, which will took effect as part of a historic shift in Cuba policy under Obama, are a little confusing. They could be deliberately so.
It's 2015. Time for some new US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
America's major wars are technically over, but there are still plenty of boots on the ground. Here's a look at the missions guiding US engagement this year.
The Islamic State in Afghanistan: The boogeyman under the bed
Talk — and fear — of ‘Daesh’ is growing in Afghanistan. But that doesn't mean its presence is increasing.
Actually, North Korea might not be guilty in the Sony hack
The Christmas release of 'The Interview' didn't attract the blowback that some feared. Maybe that's because the hermit kingdom isn't playing so big a role after all.
Kurdish group fighting Islamic State tells America: Stop calling us terrorists
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has become a de facto ally of the US in its fight against IS. Now it wants to be taken off the State Department's terror list.
Obama just sanctioned Venezuela. Here's what he needs to consider
Analysis: The US president imposed sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. He needs to take these not-so-small issues into account.
America is building a Sunni army in Iraq to take on the Islamic State
Impatient with the Iraqi government's failure to arm Sunni groups to tackle the Islamic State, the US is taking matters into its own hands.
Read the full text of the bill the US Congress just passed to punish Venezuela
And Barack Obama is expected to approve it.
Did [redacted] help the US torture?
Britain grapples with its own role in the torture and detention of terror suspects.
Venezuela's government accuses this politician of plotting to kill the president. Watch her response
Maria Corina Machado has some fighting words for President Nicolas Maduro.
The US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of 'war'
The answer is probably more like 3 < X < 10.
How the US militarizes the world's police, not just Ferguson's
US police militarization is part of a global story about the importation and exportation of equipment, tactics, and funds for the purposes of domestic and international security.
Why Latin American diplomats are pulling out of Israel
More and more of the region's governments are yanking their ambassadors out of Israel in protest.
Turkey's Erdogan accuses international media of spying, fueling unrest
'[CNN] doesn't care about a free, impartial and independent press. They are assigned to work like spies,' Erdogan said, singling out the news outlet.
German lawmakers want to question Edward Snowden on mass surveillance
One problem: Snowden risks being arrested and extradited if he sets foot in any US-allied country.
A world without antibiotics? The risk is real
Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say.
US resumes security assistance to Pakistan
The White House has requested more than $1 billion in aid for Pakistan for fiscal year 2014, including $305 million of security assistance.
Divers recover 32 more bodies from Italy refugee wreck
The death toll now stands at 143, while 155 others were rescued after their boat sank off the island of Lampedusa.
17 disturbing things Snowden has taught us (so far)
What is the extent of the information Edward Snowden has leaked? The consequences? We break it down.
Washington’s thinking about Hugo Chavez
As rumors swirl over Chavez's health, US State Department spokeswoman says Washington wants to see a fair Venezuelan transition, and denies any US meddling.
Need to know: Mexico's new president meets Obama
Economics, immigration and the drug trade were prime on the mind of Mexico's president-elect as he met Obama.
Poll: Despite short shrift, Mexico would stick with Obama
If they could vote in the US election, 58 percent of Mexicans would re-elect Barack Obama but many are disappointed with his handling of the drug war, immigration and trade relatio
Costa Rica: US warships cause unease
Costa Rica is wary of plans to allow US Naval ships to dock on its shores.