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Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

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Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

U.S.-Russian Space Industry: ‘Business as Usual’

Apollo 11 was launched to the Moon 35 years ago on this date. Today, the U.S. can’t get astronauts to the International Space Station or put large military satellites into orbit without Russian help. With the retirement of the shuttle...

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

Iranian Instagram Diplomacy: Smile

There may be “significant gaps” remaining to be resolved between Iran and  world powers, yet that hasn’t stopped the Islamic Republic’s deputy foreign minister from trying his own unique way of narrowing differences. During a top-level meeting in Palais Coburg,...

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

Paul vs. Perry: Never Eye-to-Eye

Leave it to Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, to comment on Rick Perry’s eyeglasses. “Apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly,” Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky eyed...

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The U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

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The U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

CIA Spy Planes: APB for Tupac

The CIA has been celebrating anniversaries lately. And paying homage to its role in life around Roswell. #HISTINT: a new weekly feature highlighting historic intelligence events #U2Week #4July1956 http://t.co/g7s6jnFSzX pic.twitter.com/c2KQGdGFIf — CIA (@CIA) July 4, 2014 This spy business could...

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A bartender pours champagne.

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A bartender pours champagne.

Champagne Lobby Bubbling in DC

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was an unabashed Francophile. George Washington had France to thank for helping defeat the British at Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Jefferson was dispatched to Paris as ambassador for the nascent American democracy,...

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A 'Manhattan' cocktail

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A 'Manhattan' cocktail

UN World Cup Cocktail Guide: Manhattans for USA, Weissen Sours for Belgium

  The North Delegates’ Lounge, the bar and cafe inside the United Nations headquarters in New York, has unveiled new drink specials customized to mark this week’s round of 16 matches at the World Cup in Brazil. Here’s the latest...

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Philipp Lahm of Germany is challenged by Clint Dempsey (L) and Alejandro Bedoya of the United States during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

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Philipp Lahm of Germany is challenged by Clint Dempsey (L) and Alejandro Bedoya of the United States during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

Obama: ‘We’re Not Germany Yet’

President Barack Obama, who watched the U.S. soccer team hold its place in the next round of the World Cup today en route from Washington to Minnesota, says the cup is getting in the way of foreign relations. He said...

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A striking worker of the French state-run rail operator SNCF, backed by French union Sud-Rail lights a flare as he demonstrates against reform plans proposed by the French government on June 24, 2014 in Paris.

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A striking worker of the French state-run rail operator SNCF, backed by French union Sud-Rail lights a flare as he demonstrates against reform plans proposed by the French government on June 24, 2014 in Paris.

Kerry Makes Paris, 192 miles, in 90 Minutes: Trains, not Planes

Secretary of State John Kerry usually measures travel in terms of miles flown on the dedicated red-white-and-blue government aircraft he uses for global travel. Today in Belgium, he resorted to an older, more public form of transport: The train. Late...

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