- UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks Updated: Apr-27-16 11:39 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."
- Al-Qaida says it killed Bangladesh gay activist, friend Updated: Apr-26-16 3:06 pm
NEW DELHI - The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister's insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.
- US presses Vietnam on detentions ahead of Obama visit Updated: Apr-25-16 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States pressed Vietnam Monday over a recent spate of detentions of government critics and pushed for other progress on human rights ahead of a visit next month by President Barack Obama.
- 2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh Updated: Apr-25-16 7:15 pm
NEW DELHI - Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh's capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.
- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Tussle over plane; Russia backs China Updated: Apr-25-16 8:48 am
Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint.
- GOP warily eyes Kerry-Zarif meeting on Iran sanctions relief Updated: Apr-21-16 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will meet Friday for a second time this week over complaints from Iran that it's not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year's nuclear deal. The meeting drew concern from Republicans who said Kerry should not announce changes to U.S. sanctions that go beyond what Iran is entitled to.
- Central bank: Lebanon will abide by US anti-Hezbollah law Updated: Apr-18-16 10:31 am
BEIRUT - Beirut will abide by a U.S. law that imposes sanctions on banks that knowingly do business with the militant Hezbollah group, Lebanon's central bank governor said Monday.
- Kerry asks about Iranian reportedly in Russia despite UN ban Updated: Apr-15-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is concerned a general of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps may be visiting Moscow in violation of a U.N. travel ban.
- Family of US citizen released by Syria is thankful Updated: Apr-10-16 3:14 am
SEATTLE - The Seattle-area family of a U.S. citizen released from captivity by the Syrian government said they were grateful for efforts by the U.S. government over the past three years to secure his freedom.
- Kerry presses Afghan leaders on unity; no US troop changes Updated: Apr-09-16 3:06 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday committed to pushing reforms after his picks for attorney general and interior minister won long-sought Cabinet confirmation, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with the government's power-sharing leaders to bury their "factional divisions" for the good of the country.
- New council sworn in to organize Haiti runoff vote Updated: Mar-30-16 5:11 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A new council has been sworn in to oversee Haiti's electoral process and organize a twice-postponed runoff vote while a short-term caretaker government is in power.