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  • New START treaty: How will next efforts for nuclear weapons reduction fare?

    New START treaty: How will next efforts for nuclear weapons reduction fare?

    The Senate ratified the new START treaty by a vote of 71 to 26. But this could turn out to be the high-water mark in Obama’s efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

  • Richard Holbrooke: sudden void at a focal point of US foreign policy

    Richard Holbrooke: sudden void at a focal point of US foreign policy

    Richard Holbrooke, the special envoy on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy who took on America's toughest diplomatic challenges, was remembered as a 'champion in the cause of peace.'

  • Richard Holbrooke often struggled to be heard on Pakistan and Afghanistan

    Richard Holbrooke often struggled to be heard on Pakistan and Afghanistan

    Richard Holbrooke's struggle to be heard amid competing US voices in the region has some suggesting that the office of special envoy should be shut down.

  • Westboro picketers outnumbered at Elizabeth Edwards funeral

    Westboro picketers outnumbered at Elizabeth Edwards funeral

    Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards Saturday. But they were vastly outnumbered by a “human buffer” singing Christmas carols.

  • Elizabeth Edwards, to many, embodied grace under fire

    Elizabeth Edwards, to many, embodied grace under fire

    Elizabeth Edwards was indispensable to the political career of her husband, two-time presidential aspirant John Edwards. Faced with personal and political hardship, Elizabeth Edwards sought to persevere through 'faith in the power of resilience and hope.'

  • WikiLeaks reveals 5 Arab countries concerned about Iran

    WikiLeaks reveals 5 Arab countries concerned about Iran

    It’s common knowledge that the Israeli government considers Iran an existential threat, and that it has been trying to persuade the US to act more forcefully. And while there have always been rumblings of discontent with Iran among Arab nations, the WikiLeaks release Sunday provides concrete evidence that Israel isn’t the only one in the region to feel worried. The now-disclosed but formerly secret diplomatic cables reveal that several Sunni-led Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, also sought to curb Shiite-led Iran. Below are five Arab countries keeping a watchful eye.

  • How WikiLeaks trove will affect US-Arab cooperation on Iran, Yemen

    How WikiLeaks trove will affect US-Arab cooperation on Iran, Yemen

    The WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables could put Arab leaders in a tight spot – and make America's diplomatic dance a bit more awkward in the region.

  • Sarah Palin's heroes – and antiheroes

    Sarah Palin's heroes – and antiheroes

    Sarah Palin's new book, "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," includes numerous references to Americans – and occasionally non-Americans – of whom she approves. Many of Palin's choices are not surprising (Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Thomas Jefferson) while others (Judd Aptow, Simon Cowell, Elvis Presley) are. Often, Palin praises one figure by disparaging another. Taken together, her likes and dislikes offer a quick recap of her worldview.

  • Is US-Russia thaw threatened by new START delay?

    Is US-Russia thaw threatened by new START delay?

    A key senator said Tuesday that he does not want to ratify a new START, the US-Russia nuclear arms pact, this year. The Obama administration says a delay could harm fragile relations with Russia.

  • Out of sticks, US offers Sudan a carrot to let South Sudan secede

    Out of sticks, US offers Sudan a carrot to let South Sudan secede

    The US offered this week to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terror as early as the middle of next year if Sudan agrees to let South Sudan secede in a referendum in January.