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Offensives Launched in Iraq and Syria

Iraq's Ministry of Defense announced the start of the second phase of the operation to retake Fallujah, while, in Syria, the Islamic State launched an offensive on rebel forces in the Azaz area. Read more…

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Budapest on May 25 as part of Russia's campaign to influence EU member states ahead of their vote on the future of sanctions against Russia. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Negotiating an End to Russia's Sanctions, Eventually

Two months from an EU decision on the future of sanctions against Russia, Moscow is trying to win friends and influence decision-making. Read more…

Russian President Vladimir Putin called to convene the Presidium of the Economic Council on Wednesday. The group, which has not met in two years, will try to come up with a plan to solve Russia's economic problems. (SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Russian Economic Revolution That Never Was

Moscow's current economic problems recall another crisis in the country's history. Read more…