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Politics Nov 14Beneath pall of Paris attacks, Syria talks get underway in Vienna
Syria as a breeding ground for terrorism moved Saturday to the foreground of a meeting of foreign ministers on the war in that country, with participants linking the shooting and bombing attacks in Paris to Mideast turmoil and the opportunities…
World Oct 22Kerry: ‘Cautious measure of optimism’ after Netanyahu talks
BERLIN — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday expressed a "cautious measure of optimism" following a four-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about proposals that could help defuse the deadly wave of recent violence in Israel.
World Oct 21Official: U.S. can’t abstain from UN vote on Cuba embargo
A U.S. official says the Obama administration has concluded it must oppose a U.N. resolution criticizing the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba because the draft doesn't "fully reflect" the new spirit of engagement between the former Cold War foes.
Politics Oct 17Climate change, food security key to global stability, Kerry says
The stability of the world is directly linked to climate change and its impact on food security for billions of people, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.
Politics Sep 21U.S. weighs abstention on Cuba embargo vote at UN for first time
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned.
World Sep 17U.S. accepts Russia’s offer to hold military talks on Syria
WASHINGTON — Amid increasing unease and uncertainty over Russia's intentions, the Obama administration plans to accept an offer from Russia for direct talks on its military buildup in Syria that U.S. officials believe is aimed at propping up Syrian President…
Nation Sep 11Spy fears drive U.S. officials from Chinese-owned Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Fears of espionage have driven the U.S. government from New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which has housed presidents and other top American officials for decades but was bought last year by a Chinese firm from Hilton Worldwide.
Nation Aug 31State Department to release 7,000 pages of Clinton’s emails, 150 redacted
The State Department is expected to release roughly 7,000 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails later Monday, including about 150 that have been censored because they contain information that has now been deemed classified.
World Aug 03Gulf Arab states welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance
DOHA, Qatar -- Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.
Politics Jul 31U.S. condemns terrorist attack that killed Palestinian toddler
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is condemning an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler, branding it a "vicious terrorist" act that must be punished.