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The State Department is implementing a policy denying visas to diplomats' same-sex partners if they're not legally married. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left) and Energy Secretary Rick Perry (right), announces the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, in March 2017. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Blackwater security contractors guard Zalmay Khalilzad, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as he arrives at a community sports center in Baghdad in 2006. Jacob Silberberg/AP hide caption

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Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

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Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), speaks at a press conference in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday. On Friday, the U.S. announced it would cease funding of the aid organization. Raad Adayleh/AP hide caption

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Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, pictured in 2017, is leading a multistate lawsuit to prevent 3D-printer gun plans from being published online. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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American pastor Andrew Brunson is being held in Turkey on accusations of terror and espionage.In a tweet, President Trump called Brunson "a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being." AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Roberta Jacobson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May 2015. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Mexico Calls Trump's Immigration Policies 'Un-American'

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An employee of the U.S. government in Guangzhou, China, has reported mysterious symptoms similar to those experienced by State Department employees in Cuba. Here, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou. U.S. Department of State hide caption

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An American flag is designed in flowers near the entrance to the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, which is scheduled to open on Monday. It is a controversial move. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, Ronan Farrow writes about his time at the State Department and describes what he sees as a dangerous whittling away of the agency's influence. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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'Shoot First, Ask Questions Later': Ronan Farrow On A Diplomacy-Less State Department

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Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Pompeo has been a leading critic of the nuclear deal with Iran and has said the U.S. would not soften its stance on North Korea ahead of planned talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Mike Pompeo: A Soldier, Spy Chief And Tea Party Republican To Become A Diplomat

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