- McConnell: Senate unlikely to confirm ambassador to Cuba Updated: Jul-02-15 5:28 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican majority is unlikely to confirm an ambassador to Cuba as the United States prepares to re-open its embassy in the communist country after more than 50 years of hostile relations.
- Top Republican doubts Senate will confirm ambassador to Cuba Updated: Jul-02-15 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.
- Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy Updated: Jul-02-15 2:14 pm
HAVANA - From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.
- 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):
- US senator on visit to Venezuela amid diplomatic detente Updated: Jun-30-15 5:55 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation.
- The Latest: Attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2 Updated: Jun-30-15 11:07 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.
- US envoy confident Australia will manage gay marriage debate Updated: Jun-30-15 5:22 am
CANBERRA, Australia - The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.
- US Sen. Leahy sees 'positive change,' work to do in Cuba Updated: Jun-27-15 4:47 pm
HAVANA - A leading U.S. Democratic senator said Saturday that Cuba is making progress on reform, but much remains to be done, including opening a U.S. embassy in the country.
- Leahy heads US Senate delegation to Cuba ahead of embassies Updated: Jun-26-15 6:17 pm
HAVANA - A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators was in Cuba on Friday to meet with top government officials and others to discuss rapprochement between the two countries.
- The Latest: Interpol offers help to 4 nations hit by terror Updated: Jun-26-15 1:26 pm
PARIS - The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local):
- Amid new engagements, US tags Cuba, Iran as rights abusers Updated: Jun-25-15 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday tagged Iran and Cuba as serial human rights abusers even as the Obama administration accelerates attempts to improve relations with both countries.
- US says truck hijacked in Mexico, crossing cards stolen Updated: Jun-24-15 2:37 pm
MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says a truck carrying border crossing cards was hijacked in northern Mexico and the documents stolen.
- Rwandans protest outside UK mission over detained general Updated: Jun-24-15 12:22 pm
KIGALI, Rwanda - Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the British diplomatic mission in Rwanda on Wednesday, saying they will not return home until a general detained in the UK is set free.
- Chancellor says no conspiracy in flying out Saudi students Updated: Jun-23-15 7:44 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Tech's chancellor said Tuesday that he did not conspire to fly students involved in a grade-changing scandal out of the U.S., despite recently published Saudi Embassy memos saying he suggested removing them from the country to avoid deportation or arrest.
- Saudi cables suggest money links with media Updated: Jun-23-15 5:12 pm
BEIRUT - A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro-Riyadh editorial policy. A news agency in Guinea got a $2,000 gift, while small publications across the Arab world received tens of thousands of dollars in inflated subscription fees.
- Rwandan general arrested in the UK on Spain's behalf Updated: Jun-23-15 8:25 am
LONDON - A Rwandan military general was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport and will appear in court later this week, British police said Tuesday, prompting an angry response from Rwandan leaders.
- WikiLeaks: Saudis tried to shield students from US scandal Updated: Jun-22-15 3:16 pm
CAIRO - A group of Saudi students caught in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were offered flights home by their kingdom's diplomats to avoid the possibility of deportation or arrest, according to a cache of Saudi Embassy memos recently published by WikiLeaks and a senior official at the school involved.
- US delivers 2 missile ships to Egypt for security support Updated: Jun-22-15 12:25 pm
CAIRO - The U.S. Embassy in Cairo says America has delivered two vessels, known as fast missile craft, to Egypt's navy to help it secure vital waterways such as the Suez Canal and Red Sea.
- WikiLeaks reveals Saudi intrigue and unpaid limo bills Updated: Jun-20-15 5:25 pm
ISTANBUL - At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they reported anxiously on Iran's military aid to Sudan.
- Julian Assange marks 3rd anniversary inside Ecuador embassy Updated: Jun-19-15 1:28 pm
LONDON - Julian Assange marked three years inside Ecuador's London embassy Friday, still facing arrest should he ever step outside.
- Swedish prosecutors could question Assange within weeks Updated: Jun-15-15 7:13 am
STOCKHOLM - Swedish prosecutors say their planned interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over alleged sex crimes could take place in London within weeks.
- Republican senator sees US embassy in Havana coming soon Updated: Jun-13-15 8:11 pm
HAVANA - The opening of a U.S. embassy in Cuba for the first in 54 years is "imminent," a U.S. senator said Saturday as he and two other Republicans finished a short visit to Cuba said.
- Azerbaijan free speech activist flown out by Swiss FM Updated: Jun-13-15 7:34 am
BERLIN - A free speech activist from Azerbaijan who spent 10 months in the Swiss embassy has left the country aboard the jet of Switzerland's foreign minister.
- Philippines airs program about sea disputes with China Updated: Jun-12-15 10:23 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government broadcast a television program on Friday aimed at boosting public opposition to China's increasingly assertive moves to press its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
- House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response Updated: Jun-11-15 3:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.