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Iran Nuclear Talks Halt Without Signs Of Progress

Talks with Iran to to limit its nuclear activities to nonmilitary purposes are at a standstill.

November 11, 2014

Kerry In Southeast Asia Seeking Support Against IS Group

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Indonesia on Monday to visit with President Joko Widodo and urge him to take more action against the Islamic State.

October 20, 2014

Close The ‘Evil’ Prison Camps, Kerry Urges N.Korea

“If we don’t stand with men and women suffering in anonymity, then what do we stand for? If we don’t give voice to the voiceless, then why bother to speak?”–Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to foreign ministers at the U.N. General Assembly about the crimes against humanity in North Korean prison camps.

September 23, 2014

Top Iran Leader Says No Cooperation With United States Over Islamic State

By Ramin Mostaghim, Patrick J. McDonnell, and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has rejected direct overtures from top U.S. diplomats, including Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to cooperate with Washington in the battle against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, Iran’s supreme leader said Monday. In his most extensive comments to […]

September 15, 2014

‘All Bases Covered’ In Coalition Bid To Crush IS

Washington (AFP) — “All bases are covered” in a U.S.-led multinational coalition against the Islamic State, John Kerry said, as Washington rallies diplomatic and public support to smash the jihadists. The U.S. Secretary of State told CBS’s Face the Nation that there were allies willing to join the United States in air strikes on IS, […]

September 15, 2014

Kerry, Iraqis Vow To Eradicate Islamic State; French Offer Airstrikes

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Iraq’s new leaders met with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Baghdad on Wednesday and pledged a united fight by Shiites, Kurds, and Sunnis against the Islamic State militant group occupying much of the country’s north. Haider al-Abadi, who was named prime minister late Monday, promised […]

September 10, 2014

Kerry: U.S. Troops Might Deploy To Iraq If There Are ‘Very Dramatic Changes’

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Foreign Staff BAGHDAD — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the possibility Wednesday that U.S. troops might be committed to ground operations in Iraq in extreme circumstances, the first hedging by an administration official on President Barack Obama’s pledge that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground to […]

September 10, 2014

Kerry Bids For Arab Anti-IS Front Buoyed By New Iraq Govt

Baghdad (AFP) — Washington kickstarted its efforts to form a broad coalition against jihadists in Iraq and Syria Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region to rally U.S. allies. Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia is to host talks on Thursday between Kerry and ministers from 10 Arab states plus Turkey on joint […]

September 9, 2014

Kerry Holds ‘Constructive’ Talks With Palestinians

Washington (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for over two hours with Palestinian negotiators for “constructive” talks on future relations with Israel, a U.S. official said. The talks come just days after Israel announced its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s, and as a new showdown looms at the United […]

September 4, 2014

United States Remembers Aid Workers Killed In Conflicts

Washington (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed Tuesday for better protection for aid workers in conflicts around the world as the number killed hit a record in 2013. Figures published Tuesday by the consultancy group Humanitarian Outcomes said 155 relief staff were killed last year, mainly in Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Sudan, […]

August 19, 2014

United States Completes Task Of Destroying Syria’s Chemical Agents

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that it has finished destroying the lethal chemical agents that were removed from Syria after President Bashar Assad’s forces were accused of using poison gas against civilians a year ago this week. In a statement, President Barack Obama hailed the joint civilian […]

August 19, 2014

Kerry Flies Commercial After Plane Trouble

Honolulu (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to go commercial for the nine-hour flight between Hawaii and Washington after his Air Force jet suffered a malfunction. Kerry, along with many staff members and reporters, including AFP, who had accompanied the top U.S. diplomat on his week-long world tour, on Thursday ended […]

August 15, 2014

Gaza Truce Holds As U.S. Ties With Israel Show Strain

By Steve Weizman Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — A fragile ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel’s relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace. Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the […]

August 15, 2014

White House Hails Maliki Departure As ‘Major Step Forward’

Washington (AFP) — The White House welcomed Nuri al-Maliki’s decision to drop his bid to remain Iraq’s prime minister as a “major step forward” to unite a country divided by a jihadist offensive and political infighting. In abandoning his bid to stay in power, the divisive Maliki has bowed to huge domestic and international pressure, […]

August 15, 2014

Kerry Urges China To Be Cooperative Partner

Sydney (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China Tuesday to be a cooperative partner, saying Washington was not interested in conflict or confrontation with it. Kerry, who is in Australia for annual talks on security and foreign policy, made the comments as Beijing accused Washington of deliberately stoking tensions in the South […]

August 12, 2014

Beijing Hits Out At U.S. South China Sea Proposal

Beijing (AFP) — Beijing accused the United States of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it rejected Washington’s proposal for a freeze on provocative actions in the region, the foreign ministry said Monday. The remarks by Foreign Minister Wang Yi came at an ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) overshadowed by disputes over the […]

August 11, 2014

Kerry Warns Iraq’s Maliki Not To Cause Trouble

Sydney (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Fuad Masum to help fight Islamic militants. His comments came after Maliki announced Sunday on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum and […]

August 11, 2014

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds; Israeli Officials Head To Cairo For Truce Talks

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times As a three-day cease-fire appeared to hold on the ground in Gaza on Monday, Israeli negotiators returned to Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials and indirect discussions with Palestinian militants over a permanent truce and long-term arrangements. Banks and shops reopened in Gaza, allowing people to resume a cautious […]

August 11, 2014

Afghan Presidential Rivals Agree To Unity Government After Recount

By Ali Latifi and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s rival presidential contenders agreed Friday to accept the results of a recount of their disputed June 14 runoff and to form a government of national unity whatever the outcome of the disputed poll. The agreement announced in Kabul by former Foreign […]

August 8, 2014

U.S. Weighing Response To Potential ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ In Iraq

By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back to the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest said the United States would cooperate with Iraqi military and Kurdish authorities in the volatile […]

August 7, 2014

Kerry In Kabul To Push For New President Within Weeks

By Nicolas Revise Kabul (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to pressure feuding presidential candidates to resolve the disputed election result that risks triggering instability as NATO troops withdraw. Allegations of massive fraud in Afghanistan’s June election tipped the country into a political crisis, with the United Nations […]

August 7, 2014

Seven Hour Truce Ends In Gaza; Israel And Hamas Both Claim Violations

By Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times GAZA CITY — A seven-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on Monday ended as have previous short-term truces: with the two sides accusing one another of violations. At the same time, a pair of relatively small-scale attacks in Jerusalem — one carried out with a piece […]

August 4, 2014

Gaza: United States Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Hamas Ceasefire Breach

Washington (AFP) — The United States blamed Hamas for the breakdown of a ceasefire with Israeli forces Friday, accusing the Palestinian militant group of launching a “barbaric” attack to capture an Israeli soldier. “This is an outrageous action and we look to the rest of the world to join us in condemning it,” White House […]

August 1, 2014

U.S. Hopeful, But No Timeline On Gaza Ceasefire: Kerry

New Delhi (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he remained hopeful for a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict but declined to predict when. Kerry, on a visit to India, said he had stayed in close contact on the telephone with players in the Middle East to try to end the Israel-Hamas […]

July 31, 2014

Israeli Criticism Of Kerry ‘Offensive, Absurd’: U.S.

Washington (AFP) — Israeli attacks against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Islamic militants are “offensive and absurd,” a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from “respected voices in Israel […]

July 30, 2014