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Politics Nov 11In 2013, Obama administration’s priciest gift came from Brunei
From furniture and food to fine art, members of the Obama administration received thousands of dollars in gifts from foreign leaders, but first lady Michelle Obama appears to have received the most expensive gift last year.
World Nov 07Obama writes Iran’s supreme leader about militants
WASHINGTON — In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq, according to diplomatic sources.
World Oct 20Refusing to aid Kurds against Islamic State group would be ‘irresponsible,’ says Kerry
JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and…
World Oct 10State Department warns American travelers of terrorism risks abroad
WASHINGTON — The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for Americans traveling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters.
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 08Kerry has seven weeks to help secure nuclear agreement with Iran
WASHINGTON — With a late-November deadline approaching, America's top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the…
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.