Cubans hope for more U.S. trade, better lives

Apr 12, 2015

Cubans hope for more U.S. trade, better lives

Cubans hailed Saturday’s historic meeting between Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama but said they want to see ties warm faster between the Cold War foes so that the lives of ordinary people on the island can improve. Havana residents stopped in the middle ...

Itty-bitty nations' leaders meet at California library

Apr 11, 2015

Itty-bitty nations' leaders meet at California library

The largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations is to convene Saturday at a decidedly less glamorous edifice: the Anaheim Central Library down the street from Disneyland. No one will be representing the United States, Great Britain or China, but ...

Mar 19, 2015

Iran plays down likelihood of nuclear deal this week

Marathon talks to draw up the outlines of a landmark Iran nuclear deal by March 31 looked set Wednesday to go down to the wire as Tehran’s foreign minister played down chances of finishing the job this week. Mohammad Javad Zarif, in talks in ...

Will Iran deal mean acceptance by the rest of the world?

Mar 18, 2015

Will Iran deal mean acceptance by the rest of the world?

As world powers edge toward a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the debate has been dominated by the question of whether it leaves an opening for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. But an accord could have another profound impact: Is this the beginning ...

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

Merkel, Obama try to bridge differences on arms to Ukraine

Feb 10, 2015

Merkel, Obama try to bridge differences on arms to Ukraine

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel huddled at the White House Monday to evaluate the prospects of reviving an elusive peace plan to end the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. Hanging over the discussions was a potential split between Obama and ...