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The Keystone XL pipeline

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is the subject of one of the biggest political battles brewing in Washington, and has ensnared groups from both sides of the political spectrum. What’s at stake and what’s behind the controversy?


  Left in limbo: Nepalese adoptions halted

When the U.S. suspended adoptions of abandoned Nepalese children, citing numerous examples of unreliable documents, many children and their adoptive American parents were stuck between two countries.


WikiLeaks cable reveals new details of Gaza embargo

In newly leaked memo, Israeli officials said they planned to keep the economy “on the brink of collapse.”


  The legacy of Richard Holbrooke

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers the legacy of the late Richard Holbrooke, who died this week at the age of 69, and his impact on U.S. diplomacy.


  Frank Wisner on the state of American diplomacy

Does talking really get results? Need to Know takes a look at the state of President Obama’s foreign policy strategy with former diplomat Frank Wisner, a friend of late Richard Holbrooke.

Pakistan under water: The view from 438 miles above Earth

NASA has released images of one especially hard-hit region of Pakistan from before and after the monsoons, from 438 miles above the Earth.

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