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Turkeys have always been a fixture in the holiday’s marketing.

Almost 9 in 10 Americans eat turkey during Thanksgiving, and it has more to do with how Americans observed the holiday in the late 1800s than which poultry the Pilgrims ate while celebrating their bounty in 1621. Read more»

Soldiers from Turkey and the United Kingdom hoist a child to U.S. Marines during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate people in the face of the Taliban retaking control of the country in August 2021.

"I do not for a moment believe we are bound by our 'protocols' and have to simply force people to file the usual paperwork, pay the fees and sit in line. That mentality is killing people." — Councilman Steve Kozachik Read more»

Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake are all smiles before a confirmation hearing on their nominations to be ambassadors to the United Nations and to Turkey, respectively.

Cindy McCain, whose late husband served more than 30 years in the Senate, and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who served on Foreign Relations, faced light questioning during their confirmation hearing to be ambassadors to the United Nations food programs and to Turkey, respectively. Read more»

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican, was an early critic of President Donald Trump and came out publicly in support of President Joe Biden in last year’s election. Biden this week nominated Flake, who left the Senate in 2018, as the next ambassador to Turkey.

President Joe Biden’s choice of former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican never-Trumper with no formal diplomatic experience, to be the next ambassador to Turkey was “risky” – but is still likely to win confirmation, analysts said. Read more»

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake speaking at the John J. Rhodes Lecture at Arizona State University, March 2018.

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who walked away from the Senate over his distaste for Donald Trump's burgeoning support in the GOP, was named Thursday as President Biden's choice to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey. Read more» 1

"On Los Días de los Muertos, it’s customary to build a makeshift altar as an act of honor and remembrance. Let these words be my altar." Read more»

President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, even as he announced sanctions against Turkey for attacking former U.S. allies there, the Kurds. But the House voted overwhelmingly to rebuke Trump’s action on Syria.

Three Arizona Republicans held fast with President Donald Trump as the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to rebuke the president’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria. Read more»

Women in a military council of Kurds, Christians, Arabs, Turkmen, Yazidis and others in northwest Syria in 2017. Critics worry that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria will leave Kurds vulnerable to Turkish attacks.

Arizona lawmakers joined a growing bipartisan chorus critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Northern Syria, even as Trump continued to defend the plan Thursday. Read more»

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that “in America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.” Not really. Sanders excludes nations such as Russia, Turkey and Brazil from his definition of “major.” Read more»

The EU is moving away from saving lives, focusing instead on keeping newcomers out. Read more» 1

A WWI Memorial in Netherbury, England

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called "the war to end all wars." Read more»

Former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Dick Cheney says President Obama scrapped the Bush administration’s missile defense system in Europe “at the mere request” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s false. Read more»

Relief effort for Syrian refugees in August 2012 in Kilis, southern Turkey.

Syrian civilians are caught in the middle as rebel forces fight the government, Kurdish forces, and each other. Read more»

It's all but official: The United States and its allies have accepted that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people and they are prepared to respond. The big question now is how? And, even more important, to what end? Read more»

Roses lie amongst rows of gravestones assembled by Oxfam, Northern Ireland, symbolizing the 93,00 people killed in Syria on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recent events have left President Obama with no good options in the Middle East.

It's been a tumultuous week across the Middle East. Read more»

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