- Mideast mediators questions Israel's commitment to 2 states Updated: Jul-01-16 4:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - International mediators trying to promote Mideast peace warned in a highly anticipated report Friday that Israel's settlement expansion is eroding the viability of a Palestinian state and raises "legitimate questions" about its commitment to a two-state solution.
- US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist Updated: Jun-30-16 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.
- Senators urge Kerry to address political crisis in Bahrain Updated: Jun-30-16 6:30 pm
WASHINGTON - A simmering political crisis in Bahrain could spiral into violence, encourage meddling by Iran and weaken a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, a bipartisan group of senators warned Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.
- Kerry to Georgia, Ukraine, Poland next week Updated: Jun-30-16 3:02 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Europe next week, visiting Georgia and Ukraine before meeting up with President Barack Obama at a NATO summit in Poland.
- Syrian civilian groups threaten to pull out of peace talks Updated: Jun-28-16 10:41 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Two dozen Syrian civilian organizations and humanitarian aid groups are threatening to end their participation in peace talks unless the international community takes major steps to protect civilians and enforce a cessation of hostilities in the country.
- Israeli, Turkish leaders look to gain from reconciliation Updated: Jun-27-16 4:30 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel and Turkey struck a broad reconciliation pact Monday that will restore full diplomatic relations after six years of animosity between the once-close Mideast powers.
- US complains to Russia over harassment of diplomats Updated: Jun-27-16 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The State Department says U.S. and other western diplomats in Russia have reported a surge in harassment from Russian intelligence services, prompting high-level complaints from Washington to Moscow.
- Kerry urges calm in meetings with EU, British leaders Updated: Jun-27-16 2:43 pm
LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met top officials from the European Union and Britain on Monday, telling both sides to act responsibly as they start figuring out how to make good on last week's historic decision by British voters to leave the EU. He also traveled to NATO, saying it would soon have to play a bigger role promoting trans-Atlantic unity.
- Kerry urges Britain, EU to manage their divorce responsibly Updated: Jun-26-16 8:18 am
ROME - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first senior American official to visit London and Brussels since the United Kingdom's historic referendum.
- Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries Updated: Jun-24-16 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON - An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or omitted the names of those she met.
- Young Colombians look ahead to a peace they've never known Updated: Jun-24-16 3:05 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Carlos Ordonez says he has no idea what peace looks like. The 25 year-old's town has been under constant threat from rebels for as long as he remembers.
- Boeing's historic deal with Iran rests on shaky foundations Updated: Jun-23-16 3:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Boeing Co.'s historic $25 billion deal with Iran Air potentially rides on hopes that Tehran would stop its past practice of using the airline's planes to ferry fighters and weapons across the Middle East.
- Kerry meets diplomats who dissented on Syria policy Updated: Jun-21-16 2:30 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry has met with a number of U.S. diplomats who want the Obama administration to expand its military role in Syria.
- Congresswoman carving out niche as critic of online abuse Updated: Jun-19-16 12:37 pm
BOSTON - Katherine Clark walked out of her Melrose house at about 10 p.m. on day last February to find police swarming her lawn in response to what they described as a "computer-generated phone call" of shots fired.
- Kerry's Arctic climate change adventure hits Greenland Updated: Jun-17-16 3:26 pm
ABOARD THE HDMS THETIS, Greenland - Sailing through fields of large icebergs aboard a Danish naval vessel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brought his tour of the Arctic to Greenland on Friday, visiting the Northern Hemisphere's largest glacier to bring attention to the dangers of climate change.
- In internal document, US diplomats demand Syria action Updated: Jun-16-16 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON - Dozens of State Department employees have endorsed an internal document that advocates U.S. military action to pressure Syria's government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks, officials said Thursday. The position is at odds with U.S. policy.
- The Latest: Kerry, Rasmussen express condolences Updated: Jun-16-16 7:49 pm
LONDON - The Latest on the shooting of a British lawmaker in a town near the city of Leeds (all times local):
- British Labour lawmaker dies after shooting attack Updated: Jun-16-16 5:39 pm
LONDON - A lawmaker who campaigned for Britain to stay in the European Union was killed Thursday by a gun- and knife-wielding attacker in her small-town constituency, a tragedy that brought the country's fierce, divisive referendum campaign to a shocked standstill.
- Obama to meet with key Saudi official on Friday Updated: Jun-16-16 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday with the conflicts in Yemen and Syria among the topics of discussion.
- Kerry: US open to further clarifying Iran sanctions relief Updated: Jun-15-16 11:23 am
OSLO, Norway - The Obama administration has met its sanctions relief obligations to Iran under last year's landmark nuclear deal but is willing to further clarify what is and isn't allowed in response to renewed Iranian complaints that it's not getting all the benefits it deserves, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.
- Kerry of US asks Venezuela to respect rights, ease shortages Updated: Jun-14-16 5:46 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Obama administrative will resume a diplomatic push to ease tensions with Venezuela as the socialist South America nation plunges deeper into economic and political chaos.
- Retired pastor released from Spanish prison after drug scam Updated: Jun-14-16 12:42 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A retired Maine pastor who fell victim to an international drug smuggling scam has been released from a Spanish prison and is back on U.S. soil, Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday.
- Iranian FM: soul-searching is needed to fight extremism Updated: Jun-14-16 7:57 am
OSLO, Norway - The war on extremism is a global one, and finding solutions requires "a lot of soul-searching here in Europe," Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday.
- 20 years on, UN waits for working nuclear-test-ban treaty Updated: Jun-12-16 10:32 am
VIENNA - The world was a more peaceful place when a newly sworn-in President Barack Obama pledged to "aggressively pursue" a global ban on nuclear arms tests. But as his term winds down, a working test-ban treaty remains a dream and some of the loudest voices out of Washington are hostile.
- China pledges to cut steel glut, avoid race to devalue yuan Updated: Jun-07-16 9:26 am
BEIJING - China promised to rein in production of steel that is flooding global markets and work with Washington to enforce North Korea nuclear sanctions, as high-level talks between the superpowers ended Tuesday with no announcements of progress on simmering disputes in the South China Sea.