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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2013.

Kerry, McCain: Battle of the Nominees

When two decorated Vietnam War veterans, both winners of their parties’ nominations for president — and both losers of the general election — square off over differences in foreign policy, a war of political nerve might ensue. It did at...

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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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Representative Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2011.

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Representative Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2011.

Pro-Israel Group Opposing Jones in North Carolina

A conservative pro-Israel group is airing television ads opposing North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones five weeks before a Republican primary. Jones is the “most liberal Republican in Congress” and “preaches American decline,” according to the ad from the Emergency Committee...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a joint press conference  on March 9, 2014 in Tehran.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a joint press conference on March 9, 2014 in Tehran.

Zarif’s Facebook Fame Proves Fickle

Iran’s poetry-quoting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is finding that Facebook friends can be fickle. Last year, Zarif, who has 858,000 fans, was lauded for his Facebook diplomacy, sharing his insights and even itinerary of his overseas online as nuclear...

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves to the audience before giving a speech at a public gathering in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on March 21, 2014.

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves to the audience before giving a speech at a public gathering in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on March 21, 2014.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Questions Holocaust — Again

With nuclear talks between Iran and world leaders progressing, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei focused on cultural wars to come in his Nowrouz speech at the city of Mashad. Last year, Khamenei, who said he doubted if nuclear talks could...

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Iranians follow news from the newspapers outside a newsstand.

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Iranians follow news from the newspapers outside a newsstand.

Iranian Censorship Act of Kindness: Javan

In a move that George Orwell might appreciate, a hardline Iranian newspaper said it erased a woman from a photograph of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for her own good. Yesterday, Javan, which is affiliated with the Revolutionary...

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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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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, speaks to his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski during a press conference in Tehran, on March 1, 2014.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, speaks to his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski during a press conference in Tehran, on March 1, 2014.

Polish Foreign Minister Tweets Iran for Censorship of Remarks

When he found out that his criticism of Iranian censorship was censored, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski took to Twitter and YouTube to make sure his message was not lost. Speaking at a joint press conference in Tehran with Iran’s...

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U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony with Francois Hollande, France's president, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony with Francois Hollande, France's president, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

Obama’s Standing on World Stage — Diminished in American Eyes: Gallup

The leader of the free world has lost some luster in the eyes of the rest of the world — the way Americans here at home see it. Back in 2009, when President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize...

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