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World Jan 17U.S.-Iran ties warming after nuclear deal
The lifting of sanctions and the exchange of prisoners this weekend show American relations with Iran are improving. President Obama on Sunday attributed the developments to effective diplomacy, even as his critics said the moves would adversely influence U.S. security.
Politics Jan 06AP: U.S. sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained…
World Nov 17Cease-fire in Syria potentially weeks away, John Kerry says
PARIS — A cease-fire between Syria's government and opposition could be just weeks away from reality, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday as he visited Paris to show solidarity with France after last week's attacks.
World Nov 16Kerry arrives in Paris to show U.S. support for France after attacks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Paris to show American solidarity with France after last week's deadly terror attacks.
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…