- US-led coalition doubles down on IS group strategy Updated: Jun-02-15 12:10 pm
PARIS - The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is doubling down on its strategy to fight the extremists, despite the radical group's recent conquests on both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria.
- US insists Kerry's broken leg won't hinder Iran talks Updated: Jun-01-15 10:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Boston Monday for surgery on his broken leg, as U.S. officials insisted his injury would not hinder his participation in nuclear negotiations with Iran.
- Russia's Putin shut out from G-7 meeting, but not much else Updated: May-31-15 1:41 am
WASHINGTON - Russia's Vladimir Putin won't be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine.
- US, Iran hold 'intense' nuclear talks month before deadline Updated: May-30-15 2:56 pm
GENEVA - A month away from a nuclear deal deadline, U.S. and Iranian diplomats tried to narrow differences over how quickly to ease economic penalties against Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections. American officials described the session as "at times intense."
- Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram Updated: May-29-15 7:53 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.
- Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors Updated: May-29-15 5:28 pm
HAVANA - The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
- UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled Updated: May-29-15 3:33 pm
VIENNA - Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element - an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms - remains essentially stalled.
- Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent Updated: May-29-15 9:37 am
MADRID - The Spanish government approved an accord Friday permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.
- Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30 Updated: May-28-15 10:38 am
ATHENS, Greece - Iran's foreign minister on Thursday held out hope that a "sustainable, mutually respectful" deal can be struck with world powers in talks over his country's nuclear program before the deadline of June 30.
- US, Iranian envoys to focus on nuclear deal in weekend talks Updated: May-27-15 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord.
- Australian boy in Syria creates quandary for government Updated: May-27-15 8:29 am
CANBERRA, Australia - A 7-year-old Australian boy who horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair has created a quandary for the government, which wants to make scores of Australian fighters in the Middle East someone else's problem by revoking their citizenship.
- The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes Updated: May-22-15 9:01 am
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- Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill Updated: May-19-15 7:46 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress.
- US's Nuland meets with Russians to back Ukraine cease-fire Updated: May-18-15 2:02 pm
MOSCOW - The United States wants to help solidify a shaky cease-fire and support efforts to resolve political and humanitarian concerns in Ukraine's rebellious east, a top U.S. diplomat said Monday after meeting with Russian counterparts.
- Kerry singles out North Korea for Internet abuse Updated: May-18-15 4:28 am
SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is singling out North Korea for repressing its citizens' use of the Internet, calling open and secure cyber access a global right.
- Kerry slams North Korea, vows security for South Updated: May-18-15 2:43 am
SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments.
- Neither China nor US giving ground over projects dispute Updated: May-17-15 4:37 am
BEIJING - China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions.
- Obama vows to keep Arab allies secure amid Iran deal fears Updated: May-15-15 3:44 am
WASHINGTON - Charging toward an Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama is assuring Arab allies that they are safe from the threat of an empowered Tehran as he seeks to shore up some of America's most critical security partnerships. However, Obama's claim of winning Arab support for his nuclear diplomacy appears far from certain.
- Kerry off to China, SKorea with security, trade agenda Updated: May-14-15 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to China and South Korea for a weekend of meetings that will focus on security concerns and trade.
- Lawmakers press admin over response to China island building Updated: May-13-15 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON - Senators pressured the Obama administration on Wednesday for a more robust response to China's provocative actions in East Asian seas, as concern grows in Washington that Beijing is building artificial islands to assert military control over disputed territory.
- Ex-Pentagon spokesman Kirby appointed State Dep't spokesman Updated: May-13-15 10:35 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry has a new spokesman.
- Kerry fills in NATO allies on Putin meeting Updated: May-13-15 10:34 am
ANTALYA, Turkey - A day after lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was filling in allies during a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in the southern Turkish town of Antalya.
- No breakthrough as Kerry meets Russia's Putin Updated: May-12-15 5:06 pm
SOCHI, Russia - The United States and Russia emerged Tuesday from their most extensive, high-level talks in years vowing closer cooperation on Ukraine and Syria but unable to point to any breakthrough or new approach to bridge the major differences separating the two powers.
- Obama's pick to be US ambassador to Somalia withdraws Updated: May-11-15 4:57 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's pick to be the first American ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years has withdrawn her nomination, the White House told lawmakers on Monday, an unexpected suspension in U.S. plans to deepen ties with the African nation plagued by violence and instability.
- Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis Updated: May-11-15 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.