U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, hoping to secure a path out of the country’s postelection crisis. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, the head of Syria’s moderate opposition, Ahmad al-Jarba, met with Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia. The White House called for $500 million to aid his forces. Also, in Afghanistan, thousands filled the streets to protest alleged fraud in the presidential runoff election two weeks ago. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians rushed to cross into Russia on the day before a week-old ceasefire expires. In Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia to move quickly on restoring peace in Ukraine. Meanwhile, New York state’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — China’s coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stern warning during a visit with the Shiite-led Iraqi government, urging immediate and united action to stand against ISIL. Meanwhile government forces lost control of the entire frontier with Syria and Jordan and Sunni insurgents extended their grip across northern and western Iraq. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
Meeting with all factions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a dire message to leaders of Iraq’s bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political coalitions who have lived through more than three decades of dictatorship, sanctions and wars.
“This is a critical moment for Iraq’s future,” Kerry said at a press conference in Baghdad. “It is a moment of decision for Iraq’s leaders and it’s a moment of great urgency.” Continue reading
BAGHDAD — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that the sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists in Cairo to 7-to 10-year prison terms is chilling. He says he is voicing his concern to Egypt’s foreign minister. Continue reading
For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. Continue reading
Kerry noted the failure of the United States to secure a continuing military arrangement with Iraq’s government after U.S. combat forces left. “We didn’t have operational theater capacity at the time” of the surge in violence spawned by al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State militants, he said in an interview on NBC. Continue reading