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Henry Vladimir Melgar Amaya, 32, an officer in the prevention unit of the El Salvador national police, leads a lesson at an elementary school in Lourdes, El Salvador.

In a tiny classroom in a small hamlet in the murder capital of the world, the U.S. government is testing the theory — one child at a time — that helping young Central Americans at home might convince them to stay put rather than joining the flood of migrants fleeing for the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

A disabled anti-Mubarak woman (L) shouts while sitting in front of riot police at the police academy where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on trial in Cairo January 2, 2012.

We've taken a step back and tried to answer some basic questions about the aid, including how much the U.S. is giving Egypt, what's changed in the years since the Arab Spring and what all the money buys. Read more»

U.S. Air Force technicians install an antenna at Sather Air Base, Iraq, in August.

Out go all the U.S. troops by year’s end, President Obama said Friday about Iraq. And in go the contractors, along with some familiar contracting problems, say other government officials and independent experts. Read more»

A malnourished and dehydrated child lies on a bed in Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu in early August.

As the famine in southern Somalia worsens, aid experts fear that corruption and the politics of terrorism are crimping the flow of humanitarian relief to areas where starvation is worst. Read more»

A Somali woman holds a child at a refugee camp in July.

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, led a high-profile delegation to northeast Kenya on Monday as a humanitarian crisis sparked by war, famine and drought engulfed the Horn of Africa. Read more»

Afghan national police instructors stand alongside NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan advisers in formation at the National Police Training Center in Wardak province, Afghanistan on April 11.

The U.S. government pumped $3.5 billion into foreign police forces in 2009, an amount nearly 2,000 percent higher than two decades ago. Afghanistan received $1.6 billion while Iraq got $377 million, and virtually all of the funding came from the Pentagon and State Department. Read more»

A crew works on a road in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, in August.

Counterinsurgency theory bumps up against some hard realities in Afghanistan: "All the contractors for development projects pay the Taliban for protection and use of the roads, so American and coalition dollars help finance the Taliban." Read more»

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle from the 335th Fighter Squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, drops a flare during the demolition of the “Taliban Hotel,” a safehouse utilized by insurgent fighters infiltrating Afghanistan.

A one-year probe into USAID funding in Afghanistan found that Afghan subcontractors have been funneling millions of dollars in taxpayer money to the Taliban, according to a summary of the report obtained by GlobalPost. Read more»