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September 19, 2017

Either White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had a bad headache on Tuesday, or President Trump's debut address before the United Nations General Assembly was giving him one. While Trump was calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man," threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea, and informing world leaders that some countries, "in fact, are going to hell," Kelly sat beside first lady Melania Trump with his head in his hands and his eyes on the ground.

Another notable reaction was displayed by representatives from Zimbabwe, who looked equal parts amused, concerned, and sleepy. Becca Stanek

April 12, 2017

Based on this photo of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, snapped at his meeting Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his trip to Russia isn't exactly a walk in the park so far:

During the meeting, Lavrov apparently told Tillerson that Russia was having trouble discerning the "real intentions" of the Trump administration amid "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" statements. Lavrov also called President Trump's missile strike on Syria last week "unlawful." Just as Tillerson and Lavrov were meeting, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters that "primitiveness and loutishness are very characteristic of the current rhetoric coming out of Washington."

Tillerson later sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Russia initially declined to say whether Tillerson would be able to meet with Putin. Earlier Wednesday, Putin announced that Russia's relationship with the U.S. has "deteriorated" amid accusations of Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the White House has blamed for the chemical attack in Syria that killed dozens. The Trump administration has accused Moscow of attempting to help cover up Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Details and photos of Tillerson's sit-down with Putin have yet to be released, as Tillerson reportedly ditched his press pool before the meeting and no agenda was made available. The Associated Press reported the leaders were expected to discuss who was responsible for last week's chemical attack in Syria, which provoked the retaliatory U.S. strike; Russia's interference in Ukraine; and the alleged meddling by Russian operatives in the U.S. presidential election. Becca Stanek

August 18, 2016

In two simple sketches, political cartoonist Khalid Albaih revealed just how dire the situation in Syria is for the country's children. Though children, along with their families, ostensibly have the choice between staying in Syria or leaving the war-torn region, Albaih's illustration suggests both options ultimately have the same result: grievous injury, if not death.

If children remain in Syria, they risk suffering the fate of Omran Daqneesh (left), a 5-year-old pulled from rubble after Russian airstrikes in Aleppo. If they leave for Europe, they risk drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, like 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi (right). Take a look at Albaih's powerful illustration, below. Becca Stanek

May 11, 2016

As if the election results weren't enough proof that Donald Trump absolutely dominated Appalachia, this map offers a pretty good picture of just how widespread the presumptive GOP nominee's support is in the region:

All those highlighted areas that take up pretty much the entire map? That's where Trump won. The region fits the demographic Trump does best with to a T: mostly white, predominately working class, and, largely, not college-educated. While Hillary Clinton once promised to shut down coal mines, Trump has accepted a hard hat from a group of coal workers and promised the region will soon "be back to better than ever before."

Clinton lost every single county in Tuesday's West Virginia primary. Suffice it to say, she has a lot of catching up to do. Becca Stanek

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