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Nation Aug 21No ice bucket challenge for U.S. diplomats
The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.
World Aug 08After meeting with Kerry, Afghan candidates agree to resolve dispute
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August. The breakthrough came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a second…
World Aug 07Kerry aims to buffer Afghan presidential battle
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to try to calm tensions between the country's two feuding presidential candidates.
Politics Aug 01U.S. calls apparent abduction of Israeli soldier ‘barbaric’ violation of cease-fire
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Friday condemned violations of the internationally-brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and said the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be a "barbaric" and "absolutely outrageous" action.
World Jul 28Rebels still manipulating MH17 crash site, Ukraine says
WASHINGTON — Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.
World Jul 26U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid ‘free-wheeling’ violence
The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.
World Jul 21U.S. stacks up evidence against Russia-backed separatists in plane catastrophe
"A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin complicit in…
World Jul 20Kerry bears down on Russia for downed Malaysia plane
In some of the administration's harshest criticism of Russia since the crisis in Ukraine began earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the U.S. case that the separatists are to blame for the downing of the aircraft and…
World Jul 16Obama says Russian actions ‘have consequences,’ escalates sanctions
Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukrainian rebels “have consequences.” Though the…
Jun 16Kerry signals U.S. willing to cooperate with Iran to end violence in Iraq
Kerry said Washington is "open to discussions" with Tehran if the Iranians can help end the violence and restore confidence in the Iraqi government. Asked about possible military cooperation with Iran, Kerry said he would "not rule out anything that…