For the first time in a quarter century, the United States is abstaining on a United Nations vote calling for an end to the embargo on Cuba. This comes nearly two years after President Obama and Raul Castro announced a warming of relations between the two nations.
Iran sentenced two American citizens to 10 years in prison. Siamak Namazi is an Iranian American, who had advocated for stronger ties between the countries. His father, a former UNICEF official, is also facing a decade in jail.
In a complicated world, the United Nations Secretary General is hoping for some diplomatic wins before his term expires this year. One possibility is a peace deal for Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974. It is a conflict that has confounded many a Secretary General.
In the sprawling African nation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence is mounting over the president's effort to stay in power after his term ends in December. Scores have died and with no peaceful resolution in sight, further violence is expected to roil the mineral-rich but deeply impoverished nation.
As U.S. military planners work to help Iraqis retake territory from ISIS, the State Department is thinking about how to help Christians and other religious minorities recover from what the Obama administration has called a genocide.
Warplanes blasted the rebel-held section of the Syrian city of Aleppo, marking a clear failure of Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to resurrect a cease-fire. Syria declared plans to fully recapture the city.
President Obama says the U.S. will allow 30 percent more refugees into the country next year, underlining a promise he made last year. This comes ahead of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly next week that will focus on the global refugee crisis.
A two-year report into the devastating power struggle in South Sudan shows profiteering by the newest nation's battling leaders. The report by activists and some famous actors implicates the president and vice president.
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