Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

Feb 26, 2015

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

A U.N.-backed cease-fire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the U.S. accused Russia of “lies” and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev’s forces. Russia in turn has warned it could within days cut ...

Feb 25, 2015

Kishida, Kerry to meet in Tokyo in mid-March: source

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to meet in Tokyo in mid-March to prepare for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s U.S. visit, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Kishida and Kerry are also expected to discuss anti-terror measures ...

Feb 23, 2015

Iran forming 'third front' against Israel on Golan: Netanyahu

Iran is seeking to open a “third front” against Israel using Hezbollah fighters on the Syrian Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. Netanyahu said Tehran’s attempts to entrench itself along Israel’s borders was one of the biggest emerging security threats facing ...

Iran's foreign minister: Now's the time for a nuclear deal

Feb 9, 2015

Iran's foreign minister: Now's the time for a nuclear deal

With an approaching deadline on reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran, Iranian officials on Sunday signaled a willingness to come to an agreement, with Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif telling a gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defense officials that “this is the ...

Feb 3, 2015

Obama weighs sending lethal assistance to Ukraine

President Barack Obama is reconsidering his opposition to giving Ukraine defensive weapons and other lethal aid to help its struggling military repel Russian-backed rebels, a possible escalation that has had strong support from many in his national security team. The shift suggests the White ...

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Jan 28, 2015

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort, a top U.S. military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria’s response to the emboldened extremists. Relations between the Nigerian and U.S. militaries have been strained with Nigeria canceling training ...

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Jan 25, 2015

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations. Mariupol’s city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 ...

Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50% of Islamic State leaders

Jan 23, 2015

Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50% of Islamic State leaders

Iraq and its allies have made significant gains in battling Islamic State militants, killing thousands of fighters and 50 percent of the group’s top commanders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday as an international coalition promised stronger efforts to stop the group ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. 'fully' backs Japan, calls for release of Japanese

The United States “strongly condemns” the Islamic State militant group’s threat to kill two Japanese captives and called for the immediate release of these and other hostages, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Tuesday. “The United States is fully supportive of Japan in this ...