Seeking to keep a pair of delicate diplomatic efforts afloat, President Barack Obama will personally appeal for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians, while also trying to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of his pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran.
WASHINGTON — A chemicals weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.
The report by the State Department also foreshadowed the unrest that has gripped the Ukraine in recent weeks and toppled its government. Continue reading
Why is the world watching Iran’s nuclear program? Because many countries have accused the Islamic State of pursuing nuclear weapons capability, although Iran insists that its program is peaceful. Read on to see how they are affected by the interim deal, then take a bird’s eye tour of seven nuclear hotspots in Iran.
In our news wrap Thursday, at least 70 people may be dead from violence between police and protesters in Kiev, many by gunshot. James Mates of Independent Television News reports on the deadliest day so far since an anti-government backlash began in Ukraine. Also, Iran and six world powers wrapped up a first round of nuclear talks in Geneva. Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has discussed climate change in both China and Indonesia during his latest diplomatic mission in Asia. Why has climate change grabbed a top spot on Kerry’s agenda in Asia? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Geoff Dyer, a foreign policy writer for the Financial Times, about Kerry’s trip and current U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Continue reading
President Barack Obama weighed into two international struggles Tuesday, vowing to come down like “a ton of bricks” on firms that violate sanctions against Iran and acknowledging that Syrian peace talks are far from reaching their goal. “There’s enormous frustration … Continue reading
Economic sanctions have been instrumental in getting Iran to the table for negotiations on its nuclear program. NewsHour Weekend correspondent William Brangham takes a closer look how sanctions have affected daily life in Iran, from air quality to health care to the price of a bar of soap. Continue reading
Iran and officials of the International Atomic Energy Commission are meeting in Teheran. Prospects for success of negotiations, ultimately designed to make it impossible for Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, are unclear. David Albright, one of the leading experts on Iran’s nuclear program and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the what concrete steps have been agreed to and what remains on the table. Continue reading
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced his plans for a new health insurance program that would provide universal coverage on Wednesday. Continue reading
The U.S Constitution requires the president to “give to Congress information of the State of the Union.” But what would such a speech look like in nations where there is no such requirement, if the government was in disarray, or locked in a struggle with its own citizens? Continue reading