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Russia Urges US to Act in Lockstep with Syria to Crush IS

Russia Urges US to Act in  Lockstep with Syria to Crush IS

June 03, 2015

MOSCOW - Russia on Tuesday urged a US-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State group to coordinate their air raids with the Syrian government, warning that jihadists could go ...

NATO Flexes Muscles in Baltics, Poland

NATO Flexes Muscles in  Baltics, Poland

June 02, 2015

VILNIUS - US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia's nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.Russia's increased ...

Russian FM Dimisses ‘Absurdity’ of EU Anger over Entry Bans

Russian FM Dimisses ‘Absurdity’ of EU Anger over Entry Bans

June 02, 2015

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed the "absurdity" of EU complaints over a travel ban imposed by Moscow on 89 Europeans over the Ukraine...

US, Iran Hold ‘Intense’ Nuclear Talks Month Before Deadline

US, Iran Hold ‘Intense’ Nuclear Talks Month Before Deadline

June 01, 2015

GENEVA - A month away from a nuclear deal deadline, U.S. and Iranian diplomats tried to narrow differences over how quickly to ease economic penalties against Tehran and how significantly the ...

Houthis in Talks with U.S. Officials in Oman: Yemen Govt.

Houthis in Talks with U.S. Officials in Oman: Yemen Govt.

June 01, 2015

DUBAI - Senior figures from Yemen's dominant Houthi group are holding talks with U.S. officials in Oman to advance efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen, the Riyadh-based...

Saudi-Led Yemen Coalition Still Using Cluster Bombs: HRW

Saudi-Led Yemen Coalition Still Using Cluster Bombs: HRW

June 01, 2015

DUBAI - Human Rights Watch on Sunday published new evidence alleging a Saudi-led coalition is using internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen, urging it to stop such attacks that were...

Putin Getting Left out of G-7 Meeting, But Not Much Else

Putin Getting Left out of G-7 Meeting, But Not Much Else

May 31, 2015

WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama and other world leaders gather in Germany next week, Russia's Vladimir Putin will be left off the guest list, part of his punishment for more than a year of alleged Kremlin-supported...

US Should Allow Sale of Defensive Weapons to Vietnam: McCain

US Should Allow Sale of Defensive Weapons to Vietnam: McCain

May 31, 2015

SINGAPORE - America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects...

US Hits Out at China over Sea Reclamation, Vows More Patrols

US Hits Out at China over Sea Reclamation, Vows More Patrols

May 31, 2015

SINGAPORE - The United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to China's intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea and vowed to continue sending military aircraft and ships to the

UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled

 UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled

May 30, 2015

VIENNA — Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element — an assessment of allegations that ...

Governments Certain to Seal Paris Climate Deal: U.N. Climate Chief

Governments Certain to Seal Paris Climate Deal: U.N. Climate Chief

May 27, 2015

BARCELONA - Governments are certain to sign a global climate deal in Paris in six months' time even though most countries have yet to outline how they plan to cut emissions, the United ...

Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ At Issue after IS Takeover Ramadi: US

Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ At Issue after IS Takeover Ramadi: US

May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi shows that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” the U.S. defense secretary ...

IS Poised to Become ‘Serious Threat’ in Libya: UN Envoy

IS Poised to Become  ‘Serious Threat’ in Libya: UN Envoy

May 24, 2015

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United ...

Obama Warning over Netanyahu ‘Unjustified’

Obama Warning over  Netanyahu ‘Unjustified’

May 23, 2015

JERUSALEM - A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party on Friday rejected fresh US criticism of the premier as unjustified and ...

N. Korea Modified Submarine Missile Launch Photos: U.S. Official

N. Korea Modified Submarine  Missile Launch Photos: U.S. Official

May 21, 2015

SEOUL - Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such ...

1,850 Killed, Over 500,000 Displaced in Yemen: UN

1,850 Killed, Over 500,000  Displaced in Yemen: UN

May 20, 2015

GENEVA - The United Nations said Tuesday that some 1,850 people had been killed and more than 500,000 displaced as a result of the conflict raging in Yemen since late ...

Kerry Warns 'Provocative' N. Korea of Fresh Sanctions

Kerry Warns 'Provocative' N. Korea of Fresh Sanctions

May 19, 2015

SEOUL - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea Monday of possible fresh sanctions as he slammed Kim Jong-Un's "egregious" leadership with its reliance on reckless ...

Yemen Dialogue Begins in Saudi Arabia without Houthi Rebels

Yemen Dialogue Begins in Saudi Arabia without Houthi Rebels

May 18, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Around 400 Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders launched talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday on the future of their war-torn country, but the Shiite Houthi rebels ...

US House Defies Obama Veto Threat, Passes Defense Policy Bill

US House Defies Obama Veto Threat, Passes Defense Policy Bill

May 17, 2015

WASHINGTON - The House defied a veto threat from President Barack Obama on Friday and approved a $612 billion defense policy bill that Democrats complain busts budget limits on ...

Obama: Two-state solution vital to Israel's security

 Obama: Two-state solution vital to Israel's security

May 16, 2015

Camp David - The United States still believes Israel's long-term security is best served by reaching an agreement to live alongside a recognized Palestinian state, President Barack ...

US Says ‘Critical’ for Putin to Live Up to Ukraine Truce

US Says ‘Critical’ for Putin to Live Up to Ukraine Truce

May 14, 2015

ANTALYA, Turkey - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday warned Russia that now was a critical time to implement a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after his ...

Kerry to Explore Putin's Flexibility on Ukraine, Syria

Kerry to Explore Putin's Flexibility on Ukraine, Syria

May 13, 2015

SOCHI, Russia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to explore Russia's willingness to curb its involvement in Ukraine and its support for Syria's president at talks on Tuesday with ...

Obama to Try to Allay Gulf Nation Leaders’ Fears about Iran

Obama to Try to Allay Gulf  Nation Leaders’ Fears about Iran

May 11, 2015

WASHINGTON - Leaders of Gulf nations unnerved by Washington's nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran's meddling across the Mideast are looking to President Barack Obama to promise more than words ...

Kerry Meets with Gulf Ministers on Iran, Yemen

Kerry Meets with Gulf Ministers on Iran, Yemen

May 09, 2015

PARIS - Concerns over a final nuclear deal with Iran and civil war in Yemen will top the agenda of talks in Paris on Friday between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Gulf Arab ...

EU Seeking Closer Security Cooperation with China: Mogherini

EU Seeking Closer  Security Cooperation with China: Mogherini

May 06, 2015

BEIJING - Europe aims to improve security and defense cooperation with China, especially in the Middle East and in the fight against human trafficking, the European Union’s ...

Russia Signs Up to $100 Bn BRICS Fund to Rival IMF

Russia Signs Up to $100 Bn BRICS Fund to Rival IMF

May 04, 2015

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an accord Saturday to set up a $100-billion reserve fund for the so-called BRICS -- the five leading emerging economies that include ...

UN Security Council Declines to Back Russia’s Yemen Appeal

UN Security Council Declines to Back Russia’s Yemen Appeal

May 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council failed Friday to back a Russian appeal for an immediate ceasefire or humanitarian pauses in war-torn Yemen, where critical fuel shortages ...

Japan PM to Make Historic Address to Congress, Talk Trade

Japan PM to Make Historic  Address to Congress, Talk Trade

April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting ...

More than 2,200 Confirmed Dead in Nepal Earthquake

More than 2,200 Confirmed Dead in Nepal Earthquake

April 27, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake ...

After Iran Deal, World Looks to Jump-Start Nuclear Disarmament

After Iran Deal, World Looks to Jump-Start Nuclear Disarmament

April 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS - Nuclear powers join non-nuclear nations on Monday to launch a conference on non-proliferation, buoyed by the Iran deal but alarmed by slow-moving US-Russian ...

IS is 'Russia's Greatest Enemy', Not US: Lavrov

IS is 'Russia's Greatest Enemy', Not US: Lavrov

April 23, 2015

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the Islamic State group was Moscow's greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United ...

Israel Views Russia’s S-300 Sale to Iran with ‘Utmost Gravity’: PM

Israel Views Russia’s S-300 Sale to Iran with ‘Utmost Gravity’: PM

April 20, 2015

Jerusalem - "Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran," Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting on ...

Putin Signs Decree Lifting Ban on Delivering S-300 to Iran

Putin Signs Decree Lifting Ban on Delivering S-300 to Iran

April 14, 2015

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the long-overdue delivery of S-300 missile system to Iran, the ...

U.N. Calls for Safe Passage from Damascus Refugee Camp

U.N. Calls for Safe Passage from Damascus Refugee Camp

April 13, 2015

DAMASCUS - The head of the U.N. agency responsible for Palestinian refugees called from Damascus on Sunday for safe passage for people wishing to leave the Yarmouk camp on the city ...

Iran Nuclear Negotiations will Resume Within Days

Iran Nuclear Negotiations will Resume Within Days

April 11, 2015

TEHRAN - Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers will resume negotiations to draw up a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program within days, Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU ...