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A blindfolded U.S. hostage is paraded by his captors at the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 8, 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

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A blindfolded U.S. hostage is paraded by his captors at the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 8, 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

Iranian Hardliners: Remember U.S. Embassy

A European Parliament resolution yesterday which expressed “grave concerns” over violation of human rights in Iran has provoked angry response from Iranian officials. The EU resolution drew attention to Iran’s lack of cooperation with United Nations human rights bodies, including...

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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of G7 leaders on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of G7 leaders on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

G-8: Now We Are Seven

The Group of Eight industrial nations are quickly becoming the Group of Seven, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “As long as Russia is flagrantly violating international law and the order the G-7 has helped to build since the end of...

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EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, coordinator of nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers, during a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on March 9, 2014 in Tehran.

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EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, coordinator of nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers, during a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on March 9, 2014 in Tehran.

Iran’s Secret Weapon: Photoshop

Iran’s secret weapon against dissidents? Photoshop. Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, caused a storm during her visit to Iran after she met with six women activists and Gohar Esghi, the mother of blogger Sattar Beheshti, who was...

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Ukrainian representative to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev attends a press conference about the on-going social upheaval in Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2014 at the United Nations.

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Ukrainian representative to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev attends a press conference about the on-going social upheaval in Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2014 at the United Nations.

Ukraine’s UN Envoy to Yanukovych’s Next Host: `Enjoy… These Crooks’

While Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev has no idea where former President Viktor Yanukovych is or where he will seek refuge, he has one word of advice for Yanukovych’s future host: “Enjoy.” Even Yanukovych’s own party leaders do...

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Employees inside the Joint Special Operations Command at National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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Employees inside the Joint Special Operations Command at National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland.

NSA?: ‘Thanks for Sharing’

Allegations that the U.S. spied on European diplomats failed to delay trade talks with the E.U., which got underway as scheduled in Washington this week. The controversy did emerge in other, mysterious ways however. At an event for people with...

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A security guard ushers reporters to leave as Secretary of State John Kerry, right, deflects a question from a reporter about whether he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, will discuss the fate of fugitive U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden, before their meeting at the ASEAN summit in Brunei on July 2, 2013.

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A security guard ushers reporters to leave as Secretary of State John Kerry, right, deflects a question from a reporter about whether he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, will discuss the fate of fugitive U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden, before their meeting at the ASEAN summit in Brunei on July 2, 2013.

Kerry-Lavrov: Sidestepping Snowden

Diplomats can get a little testy when under pressure. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, held a private pow-wow with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today in Brunei, at the annual ministerial conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,...

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