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Politics Dec 21US efforts toward Israeli-Palestinian peace remain at standstill
Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.
World Dec 04Russia could repair relations with West if it helps calm unrest in Ukraine, Kerry says
BASEL, Switzerland — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could rebuild its relations with the West "if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters" on its border with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists are fighting with…
World Nov 04Kerry urges U.S.-China cooperation on climate change
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change, as he appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers despite strains between them…
Nation Oct 21American released from North Korea
American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still…
World Oct 17Kobani key to U.S. strategy against Islamic State
WASHINGTON — Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.
World Oct 09Turkey, Kurd tensions worry U.S. in fight for Kobani
WASHINGTON — Even as it prods Turkey to step up in the global fight against Islamic State militants, the United States is worried that Ankara might use military action to target Kurdish fighters who are the last line of defense…
World Oct 04U.S.: Militants use beheadings to make up for losses
Within days of a military defeat, the group would release images of more beheadings - at least nine over six weeks - of Western journalists, aid workers and Muslim soldiers. The tactic signals that even as the Islamic State group…
World Sep 14White House still seeking coalition to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria
The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.
Nation Sep 12Ongoing search for missing pilot after U.S. Navy jets crash into Pacific
LEMOORE, Calif. — Two U.S. Navy jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Friday and only one pilot was immediately rescued, military officials said. A night search for the missing pilot was underway.
World Sep 12Kerry in Turkey to seek support for coalition against Islamic State
ANKARA, Turkey — The United States on Friday pressed Turkey to harden its borders against fighters and funding flowing to the Islamic State militant group, and sought clarity on how far Ankara is willing to go to help a worldwide…