Dec 18, 2014

Historic phone call sealed Cuba deal spurred by pope Francis

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed their landmark deal Tuesday in an almost hour-long phone call, capping 18 months of secret diplomacy spurred on by a personal appeal from Pope Francis to end Cuba’s isolation. It was the first time leaders ...

Kerry, Lavrov meet in Rome as tensions soar over Ukraine

Dec 15, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov meet in Rome as tensions soar over Ukraine

Top U.S. diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Sunday amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new U.S. sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine. The meeting in Rome comes as tensions soar after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill ...

Dec 10, 2014

Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight Islamic State

Secretary of State John Kerry asked Congress on Tuesday for new war powers to provide the legal grounding for U.S. military operations against the Islamic State, but said any new authorization should not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria and should not bind ...

Dec 4, 2014

Kerry says any Iran strikes against Islamic State 'positive'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the group. Kerry, hosting a meeting of an anti-IS coalition in Brussels, said ...

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. couple to fly home Wednesday from Qatar: Kerry

Qatar will allow an American couple to fly home Wednesday, three days after being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted daughter, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. An appeals court in Doha acquitted Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday of ...

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. Congress skeptical of Iran nuclear talks extension

U.S. House and Senate members reacted coolly Monday to an extension of international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, with skeptical lawmakers demanding Congress “tighten the economic vice on Tehran” through new sanctions. No sooner had the extension been announced in Vienna and U.S. Secretary ...

Japan sides with U.S. over airstrikes in Syria, Kishida tells Kerry

Sep 24, 2014

Japan sides with U.S. over airstrikes in Syria, Kishida tells Kerry

Japan approves of United States-led airstrikes in the fight against Islamic State militants and supports a coalition headed by Washington, Tokyo’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Japan “understands the U.S. move is intended to prevent the situation from getting even worse,” said Foreign Minister Fumio ...

Sep 24, 2014

U.S. calls for North Korea to shut 'evil' prison camps

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for North Korea to shut down its “evil system” of prison camps. Kerry spoke at a gathering of foreign officials and activists to draw attention to the findings of a U.N. commission of inquiry that in ...

Sep 19, 2014

Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas this year: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas this year. “We believe there is evidence of Assad’s use of chlorine, which when you use ...