US demands 'concrete steps' by Moscow

2014-04-22 09:04

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia to take "concrete steps" to implement an agreement on defusing the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia, West lock horns at UN over Ukraine

2014-04-14 07:51

The UN Security Council has held emergency talks after Ukraine declared a "full-scale" military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its restive east.

Israel to limit contact with Palestinians

2014-04-09 11:07

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his ministers to limit all but diplomatic and security contact with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official says.

Pro-Russians declare Ukraine's Donetsk independent

2014-04-08 08:14

Ukraine is threatened with disintegration as pro-Kremlin militants seize government buildings in the eastern city of Donetsk, declare independence and vow to vote on joining Russia.

Israel, Palestine show desire to continue talks

2014-04-07 09:04

Israel and the Palestine have angrily accused each other of undermining US-led peace efforts in the region, but nonetheless signalled their readiness to find a way to revive the talks.

Israel wants peace but 'not at any price'

2014-04-06 12:00

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is willing to continue US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians but not "at any price".

Clinton: Partisanship taking US backwards

2014-04-04 12:16

Hillary Clinton says excessive partnership following through the nation’s political system is causing the US to march "backwards instead of forward".

Palestinians will pay for UN move - Israel minister

2014-04-02 15:00

An Israeli minister has warned of punitive action if the Palestinians pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.

Israel, Palestinian moves threaten peace efforts

2014-04-02 09:47

Israel and the Palestinians have announced moves that could scuttle peace talks, prompting US Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a second visit in as many days aimed at saving them.

Kerry to Mideast at critical point in peace talks

2014-03-31 17:34

US Secretary of State John Kerry has headed back to the Middle East for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as peace talks have reached a critical make-or-break point.

Uganda counts costs after anti-gay law fury

2014-03-31 07:46

Uganda is facing a heavy diplomatic and economic fallout following its approval last month of a tough new anti-gay law which prompted stiff criticism and aid cuts by Western donors.

Kerry set to see Russian FM on Ukraine

2014-03-30 18:09

US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Paris preparing to meet with his Russian counterpart in another bid to calm tensions and resolve the crisis over Ukraine.

Kerry to join Nato talks on Ukraine

2014-03-26 22:07

US Secretary of State John Kerry will join Nato talks in Brussels on the crisis in Ukraine, his spokesperson has said.

Ukraine fears Russia 'ready to attack'

2014-03-24 10:00

Ukraine's Western-backed leaders have voiced fears of an imminent Russian invasion of the industrial heartland, as Nato's top commander warned of a "very sizeable" Russia troop presence.

US set to announce sanctions against Russia

2014-03-17 08:57

The US and its allies in Europe are expected to announce sanctions against Russia, including visa bans and potential asset freezes, a day after Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

Desmond Tutu urges US to shelve Keystone

2014-03-10 07:43

South Africa's peace icon Desmond Tutu has urged the US to reject Canada's Keystone XL pipeline, saying the "carbon bomb" would upend the US role fighting climate change.

Russia, US still far apart on Ukraine - Putin

2014-03-07 10:27

President Vladimir Putin says Russia and the US still stood far apart over Ukraine, but the two countries should not sacrifice relations over a disagreement.

Ukraine, France: We don't want to fight Russia

2014-03-05 13:06

Ukraine’s interim government and France have played down the prospect of a full-blown conflict with Russia ahead of potentially crucial talks on the Crimea crisis in Paris.

Obama says Putin 'not fooling anybody'

2014-03-05 09:06

President Barack Obama says Russia is not “fooling anybody” over the Ukraine crisis after it denied its forces are operating in Crimea.

US looking at broad range of Russia sanctions

2014-03-03 21:59

Washington is looking at a "broad range of options" for sanctions it could impose on Russia unless it defuses tensions in Ukraine, a senior US official has said.

Ukraine biggest 21st century Europe crisis: Hague

2014-03-03 11:58

The unrest in Ukraine is "the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century", British Foreign Secretary William Hague says, as he warned Russia to back down in Crimea.

US urges probe into Thailand attacks

2014-03-01 10:08

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Thailand to investigate “politically motivated” attacks denouncing the deaths of several children as “horrifying”.

Anti-gay law: Uganda accuses World Bank of 'blackmail'

2014-03-01 08:01

Uganda has accused the World Bank of blackmail after the lender stalled a $90m loan over the east African nation’s draconian anti-gay law.

World Banks stalls $90m Uganda loan

2014-02-28 08:51

The World Bank has stalled a $90m loan planned to help Uganda strengthen its health care system following the country’s enactment of a tough anti-gay law.

You can keep your aid, Uganda tells West

2014-02-27 12:00

Ugandans have shrugged off foreign aid cuts and international criticism of its tough new anti-gay law, saying it could do without Western aid.


Kerry heads for Ukraine talks, tensions mount

2014-04-16 17:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left for Geneva for high-stakes talks on Ukraine, armed with the threat of more sanctions against Moscow if diplomacy fails.

Venezuela's opposition to meet with govt

2014-04-09 12:15

Key leaders of Venezuela's opposition have agreed to sit down with President Nicolas Maduro's government for talks aimed at defusing the nation's political crisis.

Kerry blames Russia for unrest in eastern Ukraine

2014-04-08 21:53

US Secretary of State John Kerry squarely blamed Russian forces for separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to lay the groundwork for military action.

Israelis, Palestinians try to salvage talks

2014-04-07 13:17

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to meet again in a fresh effort to salvage the teetering, US-brokered peace process.

Fraud concerns raised in Afghan election

2014-04-06 14:00

Leading candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have voiced concern that voting has been tainted by fraud, a day after millions defied Taliban threats and turned out to vote.

'Reality check' time in Mideast talks - Kerry

2014-04-05 08:38

US secretary of state John Kerry says Washington is evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks if the parties themselves are unwilling to move forward.

US, Algeria to work together to fight terror

2014-04-03 14:01

The US and Algeria have pledged to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African country.

Palestinians sign treaties to press Israel

2014-04-02 14:08

A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions giving Palestine greater leverage against Israel left the US struggling with peace talks.

Kerry meets Netanyahu again to revive peace talks

2014-04-01 10:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours in an effort salvage stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

US, Russia offer differing solutions on Ukraine

2014-03-31 09:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are advancing far different proposals on how to calm tensions and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Kerry, Lavrov seek deal on Ukraine crisis

2014-03-30 22:45

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met his Russian counterpart hoping to ease global tensions over the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea and buildup of troops near Ukraine.

Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Abbas

2014-03-27 08:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has held "constructive" talks on the Middle East peace process, a US official says, as crunch decisions loom.

Arab summit refuses to recognise 'Jewish state'

2014-03-26 13:18

Arab leaders fully back a Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, a flashpoint issue which is threatening to derail the US-led peace talks.

Kerry likens Crimea 'fervour' to WWII build-up

2014-03-19 07:07

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Russia against any military incursion into eastern Ukraine and likened the "nationalistic fervour" to the build-up before World War II.

Ukraine mobilises as Merkel warns Russia

2014-03-13 14:57

Ukraine has moved to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia's expansionist threat as Berlin warns Moscow of long-term damage to its economy and EU relations over the Crimea crisis.

Abbas won't recognise Israel as Jewish state

2014-03-07 14:15

The Palestinian president says there’s "no way" he will recognise Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

West won't allow Ukraine carve up - Obama

2014-03-07 07:28

President Barack Obama has ordered the West's first sanctions in response to Russia's military takeover of Crimea, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine.

Israel PM: Palestinians must 'abandon fantasy'

2014-03-05 10:15

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has directly urged Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding Israel with refugees.

Kerry: Russia looking for pretext to invade

2014-03-04 21:14

US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Russia's "act of aggression" in Ukraine and said Moscow, which has taken control of the Crimea region, was looking for a pretext to invade more of the country.

Pro-Russia troops take Crimea terminal

2014-03-03 14:06

Pro-Russian troops are in control of a ferry terminal in Ukraine's Crimea region close to Russia, intensifying fears that Moscow will send even more troops to the Black Sea region.

US preps tough response for Russia over Ukraine

2014-03-03 07:36

Western powers have prepared a tough response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, and diplomatic isolation.

Ukraine crisis: Obama may skip G8 summit

2014-03-01 10:08

The US has warned that President Barack Obama and other European leaders could snub the G8 summit if they judge Russia is usurping Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Biden offers support to Ukraine prime minister

2014-02-28 08:59

US Vice President Joe Biden has told Ukraine's new prime minister that the US welcomes the formation of the country's new government.

Anti-gay law: Ugandan activist urges US help

2014-02-28 07:48

A leading Ugandan gay rights activist has met with top state department officials to call for help in protecting gays after a tough new law was adopted in his country.

Kerry likens Ugandan gay law to anti-Semitism

2014-02-27 10:58

US Secretary of State John Kerry has likened new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa.

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