- Obama nominates senior State Dept. official as Mexico envoy Updated: Jun-01-15 9:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America and point person in detente talks with Cuba, was nominated Monday by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
- Soccer beats out baseball in game of US-Cuban detente Updated: Jun-01-15 5:14 pm
HAVANA - In a landmark act of sports diplomacy, soccer's New York Cosmos on Tuesday will become the first U.S. professional team to play in Cuba since Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced their countries would re-establish diplomatic relations.
- Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing Updated: May-30-15 9:53 am
SINGAPORE - China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating.
- 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.
- Canadian diplomat: Son charged in killings no troublemaker Updated: May-29-15 5:03 pm
MIAMI - A senior Canadian diplomat testified Friday that her teenage son was never in trouble or violent before his alleged involvement in a drug-related shootout that left her other son dead.
- 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.
- Cyprus leaders look to open 2 more crossings across divide Updated: May-28-15 9:35 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - The leaders of Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Thursday agreed to open two more crossing points across the island's north-south divide as reunification negotiations ramped up.
- Colombian rebel peace negotiator among dead in military raid Updated: May-27-15 10:44 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Leftist rebels in Colombia claimed on Wednesday that one of their most-veteran fighters, a former envoy to peace talks with the government, was killed during a military raid last week.
- Many UN council members want Burundi elections postponed Updated: May-27-15 8:12 pm
- Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns Updated: May-27-15 12:23 pm
JERUSALEM - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
- Chinese president to make UK state visit in October Updated: May-27-15 8:15 am
- UN delays Yemen peace talks scheduled to start Thursday Updated: May-26-15 3:43 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A conference aimed at restoring peace to conflict-torn Yemen has been postponed following a request from Yemen's government and other parties for more time to prepare, the U.N. announced Tuesday.
- French diplomat doesn't see Iran nuke deal by end of June Updated: May-26-15 11:12 am
WASHINGTON - France's ambassador in Washington says world powers and Iran will probably miss an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
- Report: Iran summons Saudi envoy over Yemen strike Updated: May-26-15 1:50 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen.
- Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions Updated: May-26-15 1:04 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.
- Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison Updated: May-25-15 8:56 am
JERUSALEM - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.
- Myanmar president signs off on contested population law Updated: May-23-15 8:42 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
- UN envoy: IS poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya Updated: May-23-15 10:41 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North African country said Saturday.
- Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble Updated: May-23-15 4:26 am
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.
- Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail Updated: May-22-15 8:44 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.
- Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid Updated: May-22-15 2:55 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.
- UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute Updated: May-22-15 10:32 am
HANOI, Vietnam - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.
- The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes Updated: May-22-15 9:01 am
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- Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.
- Senior Israeli diplomat: 'This land is ours' Updated: May-21-15 1:44 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people.