- Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks Updated: Jul-02-15 12:44 pm
VIENNA - Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.
- Analysts say UN sanctions on South Sudan not very helpful Updated: Jul-02-15 10:31 am
JUBA, South Sudan - The U.N. sanctions imposed on South Sudanese generals are not likely to help the peace process, some analysts said Thursday.
- UN sanctions 6 generals for fueling South Sudan conflict Updated: Jul-01-15 5:09 pm
- Russia-US ties alive and well at Iran nuclear talks Updated: Jul-01-15 3:25 am
VIENNA - Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.
- The Iran deal: A look at what it does and problems remaining Updated: Jun-30-15 4:29 am
VIENNA - World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one.
- For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart Updated: Jun-29-15 3:17 pm
CAIRO - The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.
- 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.
- Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military Updated: Jun-25-15 12:13 pm
MOSCOW - Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
- EU extends sanctions against Russia by 6 months Updated: Jun-22-15 11:56 am
LUXEMBOURG - The European Union on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, drawing a rebuke and a warning of retaliation from Russian officials.
- 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.
- Analysis: Obama Asia policy faces toughest test on trade Updated: Jun-18-15 1:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Critics have long predicted that President Barack Obama's policy to shift America's focus toward Asia is doomed. The legislative battle over his trade agenda could prove the acid test.
- US official: UN sanctions could be reapplied if Iran cheats Updated: Jun-16-15 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says if Iran cheats on a final nuclear deal, there will be procedures in place so Russia or China could not block U.N. sanctions from being snapped back into place.
- Romanian leader slams PM's attendance at European Games Updated: Jun-15-15 2:56 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's president says he didn't know the Romanian prime minister would attend the European Games, which most European Union leaders have avoided because of concerns about host Azerbaijan's human rights record.
- 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.
- Taxpayers' tab for Christie's foreign trips tops $120,000 Updated: Jun-12-15 6:58 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office says his recent foreign trips to the United Kingdom, Mexico and Canada cost state taxpayers $123,893.04.
- Bush says 2016 announcement will invoke his Florida tenure Updated: Jun-12-15 5:57 pm
TALLINN, Estonia - Jeb Bush will offer a "hopeful, optimistic" vision for America while jabbing his Washington-based competition in both parties during Monday's presidential announcement speech, said the former Florida governor and aides preparing for the Miami campaign kickoff.
- Russia steps up military modernization - but at what cost? Updated: Jun-12-15 6:01 am
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia - It has a remote-controlled turret, it bristles with state-of-the-art defense systems and its computerized controls make driving it feel "like playing a video game." Russia's Armata tank, which its creator says can be turned into a fully robotic combat vehicle, is the crowning glory of a sweeping military modernization drive that is rumbling forward amid a perilous confrontation with the West over Ukraine.
- Officials: Nuke deal won't answer Iran weapons Qs on Day 1 Updated: Jun-11-15 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON - World powers are prepared to accept a nuclear agreement with Iran that doesn't immediately answer questions about past atomic weapons work, U.S. and Western officials said. Washington has said such concerns must be resolved in any final deal.
- Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine Updated: Jun-10-15 10:20 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in "sincere" international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday.
- US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task Updated: Jun-10-15 6:29 am
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear agreement, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press.
- UN experts: No country reports Iran arms embargo violation Updated: Jun-09-15 8:02 pm
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. experts said in a report circulated Tuesday that not a single country has reported any violations of an arms embargo against Iran, possibly the result of a political decision to avoid any "negative impact" on negotiations to rein in Tehran's nuclear program.
- EU moves ahead on labeling of Israeli settlement products Updated: Jun-09-15 3:36 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel would be required to label products that are made in West Bank settlements and exported to Europe, according to guidelines being prepared by the European Union.
- Supreme Court strikes down 'born in Jerusalem' passport law Updated: Jun-08-15 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON - Siding with the White House in a foreign-policy power struggle with Congress, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Americans born in the disputed city of Jerusalem can't list Israel as their birthplace on passports.
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- Carter: US must boost military exercises to counter Russia Updated: Jun-05-15 5:38 pm
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States needs to increase the number of military exercises and training programs across Europe and strengthen NATO's intelligence sharing to better counter Russian aggression in the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday after a lengthy, closed-door meeting in Germany with top American defense and diplomatic leaders.