- Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation Updated: Jul-03-15 6:17 pm
VIENNA - In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations' interests.
- Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties Updated: Jul-02-15 12:35 pm
HANOI, Vietnam - For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.
- The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls Updated: Jul-01-15 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):
- State Department names new Guantanamo special envoy Updated: Jun-30-15 10:20 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a new special envoy to lead the Obama administration's bid to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
- AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am
Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight
- Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race Updated: Jun-29-15 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON - It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. That footage becomes part of a 30-second TV ad, by the super PAC American Crossroads, boosting the Republican candidate, Joni Ernst.
- French minister: No new target date for Iran nuclear talks Updated: Jun-29-15 11:08 am
UNITED NATIONS - Negotiators trying to rein in Iran's nuclear program have decided not to set a new target date to conclude talks, France's foreign minister said Monday, and he warned that if an agreement isn't "very robust" other countries in the Middle East will seek to develop nuclear weapons.
- Nuke talks to miss target; Iran foreign minister heads home Updated: Jun-28-15 4:29 pm
VIENNA - A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough.
- Once unheard of, US-Iran talks become the new normal Updated: Jun-27-15 11:54 am
VIENNA - The top American and Iranian diplomats faced each other across a square table in a 19th century Viennese palace, the room austerely decorated and the atmosphere calm as they started the final push for a generation-defining nuclear agreement on Saturday.
- Kerry off to Vienna for Iran nuke talks as deadline looms Updated: Jun-26-15 8:53 am
WASHINGTON - With next week's deadline for an Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the talks in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, this time leaning on crutches.
- White House: Putin calls Obama, discuss Ukraine, IS, Iran Updated: Jun-25-15 11:24 pm
WASHINGTON - Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Thursday and discussed continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The last time the men spoke was in February, the White House said.
- US sees progress on currency, cyberspace issues with China Updated: Jun-24-15 8:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States claimed progress Wednesday with China on currency issues and toward negotiating a code of conduct for cyberspace after two days of high-level talks that underscored sharp differences but paved the way for a visit by China's leader in the fall.
- Kerry: US undeterred by Iran leader's nuke comments Updated: Jun-24-15 8:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran will not be affected by recent comments from Iran's supreme leader who appeared to backtrack on key points of an emerging deal, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.
- Australian leader makes no promises on IS man's children Updated: Jun-23-15 11:43 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's prime minister said Wednesday he felt for the five children of an Australian convicted terrorist in the Islamic State movement who became notorious last year for posing for photographs while clutching the severed heads of Syrian victims.
- Australia attempts to verify terrorist's death in Iraq Updated: Jun-23-15 12:37 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Reports that an Australian terrorist, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia's foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- US, EU ready tough Russia sanctions, in case they're needed Updated: Jun-18-15 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States and European governments have readied a new round of penalties against Russia targeting its energy and financial sectors as part of a sanctions-in-waiting strategy that officials hope will enable the West to respond immediately if Moscow-backed insurgents seize more territory in Ukraine.
- Kerry: Accounting of past Iran nuclear work not key for deal Updated: Jun-16-15 8:43 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that a full accounting of Iran's possible past atomic weapons research is not necessarily critical to reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. His comments came amid concerns the Obama administration is backing down on demands that Iran resolve concerns about previous work as part of an agreement that would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
- Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year Updated: Jun-16-15 6:55 pm
MOSCOW - Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.
- Kerry voices US concern over India-Pakistan tensions Updated: Jun-16-15 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is voicing "enormous" concern over heightened tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan.
- Kerry released from Boston hospital after broken-leg surgery Updated: Jun-12-15 10:13 pm
BOSTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was discharged from a Boston hospital on Friday, 10 days after undergoing surgery on a broken leg he sustained in a bicycle accident in France, and he declared he had not missed a tick on key foreign policy issues during his recovery.
- State Department releases photo of Kerry in hospital Updated: Jun-09-15 6:50 pm
WASHINGTON - The State Department has released the first photo of Secretary of State John Kerry since he broke his right femur in a bicycle accident in France more than a week ago.
- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: US ups pressure with overflights Updated: Jun-06-15 8:19 pm
The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs and lagoons known as the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of them are occupied. The area is one of the world's busiest shipping routes, rich in fish and potentially gas and oil reserves, but it has now emerged as a possible flashpoint involving world powers and regional claimants.