- Russia says it will offer new ideas to restart Syria talks Updated: Feb-05-16 4:24 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Facing Western criticism over the halt to Syria peace talks, Russia said Friday it plans to present new ideas on how to restart peace efforts at a meeting of nearly 20 key nations on Feb. 11.
- The Latest: Kerry says Russia, Assad not complying with UN Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):
- State IG: Classified email found from Powell, Rice tenures Updated: Feb-04-16 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released Thursday.
- US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya Updated: Feb-04-16 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe - particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.
- Former Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook dies at 89 Updated: Feb-04-16 2:55 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Former Kentucky Sen. Marlow Cook, who served in Washington during Richard Nixon's presidency, has died. He was 89.
- North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China Updated: Feb-03-16 11:42 pm
BEIJING - The timing couldn't have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy's visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea's chief ally.
- China urges restraint over North Korea rocket launch Updated: Feb-03-16 7:19 am
BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called for all sides to show restraint over North Korea's announcement that it plans to launch a rocket in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
- Obama tells UK's Cameron that more US aid for Syria coming Updated: Feb-02-16 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is telling British Prime Minister David Cameron that the U.S. will soon announce "significant new contributions" to assist Syria's humanitarian crisis.
- FBI creates Facebook page in Farsi for case of missing agent Updated: Feb-02-16 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The FBI has launched a Facebook page in Farsi to solicit tips on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran nine years ago.
- Libya's political chaos slows response to Islamic State Updated: Feb-02-16 1:44 pm
ROME - The military strategy for eliminating the Islamic State in Libya appeared on hold Tuesday as nations fighting the extremist group said they could help the North African country re-establish security once its long-awaited new government is established.
- Kerry hits million-mile mark in diplomatic travel Updated: Feb-02-16 10:53 am
WASHINGTON - He won't get elite frequent flier status with any airline, but Secretary of State John Kerry has hit the million-mile mark in diplomatic travel.
- Freed reporter Rezaian feted by paper, top diplomat Kerry Updated: Jan-28-16 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Freed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn) has triumphantly returned to his company at a ceremony that included Secretary of State John Kerry.
- Sovereignty, legacy factors in Taiwan leader's island visit Updated: Jan-28-16 7:55 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Seeking to assert Taiwan's sovereignty and build his legacy, President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit Thursday to an even smaller island also claimed by China.
- Immigration at center of Pope's visit to Mexico-US border Updated: Jan-27-16 1:05 am
REYNOSA, Mexico - The young Salvadoran woman was robbed and forced to dodge kidnappers working for a drug cartel during her four-month odyssey to this border city of belching factories and swirling dust across the Rio Grande from Texas.
- Kerry presses China on North Korea, South China Sea Updated: Jan-26-16 10:17 pm
BEIJING - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Wednesday for China to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear activities and decrease tensions over disputed parts of the South China Sea.
- 2017 Arctic Council ministerial meeting will be in Fairbanks Updated: Jan-26-16 4:08 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks has been selected to host the next ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in 2017.
- Kerry hails Cambodia development, expresses rights concerns Updated: Jan-26-16 3:01 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday welcomed Cambodia's booming economic growth but also expressed concerns about the Southeast Asian nation's human rights record.
- UN envoy lowers expectations ahead of Syria talks on Friday Updated: Jan-25-16 3:43 pm
GENEVA - Lowering expectations about his ability to help end Syria's civil war, the U.N. special envoy announced talks between government and opposition representatives will start on Friday to embark on a six-month process that he hopes will include civil society and women's groups.
- Kerry dismisses posturing ahead of peace talks on Syria Updated: Jan-25-16 11:28 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday dismissed Syrian government claims and opposition complaints as posturing ahead of U.N.-led peace talks that are to begin Friday and last six months.
- Laos assures US it will help counter Chinese assertiveness Updated: Jan-25-16 9:56 am
VIENTIANE, Laos - The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that his small nation will help counter China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.
- Kerry says US-Saudi friendship stronger than ever Updated: Jan-24-16 3:11 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. friendship with Saudi Arabia is stronger than ever and that the two will work together to try to end wars in Syria and Yemen.
- AP Interview: Son of Cambodian leader has ambition Updated: Jan-23-16 3:21 am
WASHINGTON - The youngest son of Cambodia's prime minister has an easy smile and conciliatory air. Hun Many's genteel manner contrasts with the ruthlessness that has characterized his father's 30 years in power, but that doesn't mean he's not ambitious.
- Syrian opposition sharply divided ahead of peace talks Updated: Jan-22-16 6:11 pm
BEIRUT - Syrian groups opposed to President Bashar Assad are still sharply divided on who should represent them at peace talks which were scheduled to begin Monday in Geneva but now appear to be delayed.
- Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops Updated: Jan-22-16 10:23 am
DAVOS, Switzerland - Iraq's prime minister appealed Friday to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and instead provide training and equipment to fight the Islamic State group, which he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted is losing ground.
- Kerry says governmental corruption fuels extremism Updated: Jan-22-16 6:37 am
DAVOS, Switzerland - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took aim Friday at government corruption, saying it fuels crime, violent extremism and disillusionment with society that contributes to the global refugee crisis. He also said the Obama administration will seek a major boost in funding for refugee support this year and press for at least 10 new countries to offer resettlement programs.