Jul 25, 2014

U.S. urges civilian protection after U.N. school in Gaza is shelled

The United States on Thursday urged greater effort to protect civilians in Israel’s Gaza campaign as it voiced sadness over the deaths at a U.N. school serving as a shelter. “We are deeply saddened and concerned about the tragic incident,” State Department spokeswoman Jen ...

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Jul 24, 2014

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Washington’s top diplomat said global efforts to end 16 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing Wednesday as the fighting raged on and airlines suspended flights over rocket fears. As U.S. and U.N. diplomats continued intensive diplomacy to end the violence, the Islamist Hamas ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. warns Abe against visiting North Korea

The United States has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to refrain from visiting North Korea, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning such a trip could disturb trilateral coordination involving Tokyo, Washington and Seoul to rein in Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs, sources familiar ...

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

Jul 13, 2014

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials gathering in Vienna face a deadline only days away for a comprehensive pact preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. However, world powers and Iran appear set to extend the deadline to allow more time for ...

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Obama administration officials said Friday. The officials said Indyk’s departure, and his return to his previous job at The Brookings Institution think tank, ...

May 9, 2014

Let regions of Ukraine vote

Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: U.S. disorientation, profound division in Europe and a real risk of war. Ukraine's regions should vote.

Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' remark

Apr 29, 2014

Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' remark

Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel’s potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an “apartheid state” if it doesn’t reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In a statement ...