International pressure continues to grow against Saudi Arabia in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as US Secretary of State meets with leaders of the kingdom. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to deny Mr. Khashoggi was killed at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
In December 2016, an American pastor was imprisoned in Turkey for charges that he committed crimes on behalf of terror groups. Nearly two years later, he will be released from the country – but only after intense pressure from the US government.
In a shift from decades of closer rapprochement, the Trump administration is digging in against China. From trade policy to human rights abuses, the White House is taking an uncompromising position on the country it fears as the next superpower.
In an attempt to mobilize his supporters before the midterms elections, the president is threatening to end $500 million in aid to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala – a move that would ultimately contribute to instability in the region.
A Mandarin duck swims in Central Park in New York on Dec. 5. In the weeks since it appeared in Central Park, the duck has become a celebrity.
President Trump's Middle East policy team is soon to roll out, headed by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. The team will be responsible for Mr. Trump's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, a delicate diplomatic venture that would need to unite a divided Middle East.